Join us for an engaging and informative webinar as we dive into how citizen engagement can help the energy transition and reach the goals of the RePowerEU plan. This vital plan aims to tackle the fallout from the war in Ukraine, specifically the impact of soaring energy prices, by reducing energy demand in buildings. In the context of RePowerEU, realising a citizen-led or citizen’s community approach to renovation can break the mammoth challenge of retrofitting millions of buildings into more manageable initiatives, conducted at the community level. This webinar within the EUSEW Sustainable Energy Days brings together relevant initiatives and projects funded by the EC to discuss the current challenge on how to reduce the energy demand of the housing stock and the energy bills for its inhabitants considering the energy crisis we are in. The aim is to give insights on how to accelerate the decarbonisation of the existing building stock by renovating with citizen involvement.
During this workshop, we will be bringing together some of the most exciting initiatives and projects funded by the EC, to explore how we can accelerate the decarbonisation of existing building stock through renovation projects that involve citizens. We'll be delving into how to make this process accessible and engaging, with the ultimate goal of creating Positive Energy Neighbourhoods and Positive Energy Districts.
Our lineup of speakers includes experts from two outstanding EU-funded projects, oPEN Lab and ATELIER, who will share their unique insights on this topic. Additionally, the webinar will feature two European Commission initiatives, the Citizen-led renovation Initiative and the Affordable Housing Initiative.
- Georg Houben, Policy Officer DG ENER, European Commission
- Tatiana Pasquel Garcia, co-coordinator of Smart Cities Marketplace, VITO
- Martin Willemart, Policy Officer DG GROW for the Affordable Housing Initiative, European Commission
- Kaspar Alev, Tartu City Government, oPEN Lab project representative
- Thomas van Dijk, Socio-technical researcher, Waag futurelab, ATELIER project representative
- Leen Peeters, coordinator support service for Citizen-led Renovation projects initiative, Th!nk E
Moderation: Tatiana Pasquel Garcia, co-coordinator of the Smart Cities Marketplace, VITO
We strongly believe that involving citizens in renovation projects is key to success. By doing so, we can ensure that the initiatives align with local needs, while also creating a ripple effect that stimulates skills, businesses, and supply chains.
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from the experts and explore ways to accelerate the decarbonisation of existing building stock!