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Energy Efficiency First - What Next?

Putting CO2 back on the housing agenda

Brussels, 26 September 2017Save the date

September 26th 2017 | 08:00 – 09:30 | Altiero Spinelli A1E201 European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels

Energetic modernisation of the professionally managed building stock has a long history throughout Europe. But the criteria of cost-efficiency and proportionality show the limits of the current strategy for reaching our climate targets. The focus on the building envelope can lead to increasing costs for tenants in many European countries, despite lower energy bills. Instead of ever increasing burdening and driving of costs for buildings, the decarbonisation of energy supply seems a valid alternative.

The current revision of the EPBD offers a great opportunity to strengthen the contribution of the building sector to climate protection. Along with the energy efficiency of buildings, the climate-friendly supply of buildings with renewable energies can be an important contributing factor in moving towards this end. This is especially true for Member States which have already energetically refurbished a majority of their building stock.

We would like to discuss the introduction of indicators for CO2 emissions and final energy use with you. Could this be the way forward?

Please register until September 13th, 2017 and indicate if Parliamentary accreditation is needed:


  • 08:00 – 08:05
    Welcoming words by MEP Jens Geier, S&D and MEP Dr Markus Pieper, EPP
  • 08:05 – 08:15
    '30 years of energetic modernisation' by Axel Gedaschko, President of GdW Housing Germany
  • 08:15 – 08:20
    'Experiences in the Netherlands' by Bert Wijbenga, Aedes and Chair of the Housing Europe Energy Committee
  • 08:20 – 08:40
    'Energy and climate policy for the building sector' by Dr Nicolas Müller, Technical University of Darmstadt
  • 08:40 – 09:00
    'Response of the European Commission' by Paula Rey Garcia, Team Leader DG Energy
  • 09:00 – 09:30
    Questions & Discussion

* Moderator: Dr Özgür Öner, GdW Housing Germany, Director Office Brussels
The event will be held in English (no interpretation)