Session #1

Building Strategies of Local and Regional Authorities Recovery Plans: A Major Governance ChallengE

7 June 2021 h. 10:00 - 12:00 CEST

Cities and regions are key players in the path towards climate-neutrality. Only local-based policies, particularly at the municipal level, can help the successful implementation of national energy and climate strategies, namely when it comes to building renovation strategies.

The first day of the EB Digital Days will focus on the role that cities and regions can play in achieving the targets set by the EU, or even more ambitious ones set by themselves. It will also address what is already being done at local and regional level to promote energy transition, and what can still be expected in the future.

Additionally, the debate will go further into how the role of local and regional authorities in the implementation of building renovation strategies will be affected by post-COVID-19 recovery plans.

Moderator: Vicky Lucas, Institute for Environmental Analytics

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Setting the scene

10:00 - 10:05

10:05 - 10:15

10:15 - 10:25

Welcome by the Efficient Buildings Community

Welcome by the European Commission

Introduction by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of European Union

Nelson Lage, Chairman of the Board of Directors for ADENE

Mathieu Ficther, European Commission, DG Regio, Smart and Sustainable Growth Unit

João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Ministry for the Environment and Climate Action of Portugal

10:25 - 10:50

Cities and regions at the core of the path towards climate-neutrality

Achieving EU targets through actions at local and regional levels

The role of the Interreg MED programme and what can be expect for 2021-2027

The Efficient Buildings Community, a community of practice

Belinda Gottardi, Mayor of Castel-Maggiore, Member of the Covenant Board

Curzio Cervelli, Director of Interreg MED Programme

Bernard Massabo, Efficient Buildings Community - Euromed Cities Network/City of Nice

A major governance challenge

11:00 - 11:10

Inspiring Talk

Julije Domac, Director of REGEA (North-West Croatia Energy Agency) and Board member of the Covenant of Mayors Europe

11:10 - 12:00

The Building Strategies of Local and Regional Authorities in Post-Covid-19 Recovery Plans

Marjolaine Meynier-Millefert, Member of the French National Assembly

Pep Casas i Miralles, Deputy General Director of Architecture and Housing, Generalitat de Catalunya (TBC)

Maria João Rodrigues, Director of Lisboa E-Nova – Energy and Environment Agency of Lisbon

Rossella Cendron, Mayor of Silea

Q&A session

Wrap up by the moderator

12:00 - 12:05

Outlook Day 2

Jordi Pascual, Efficient Buildings Community - Catalonia Institute for Energy Research