Report from the annual conference of the Efficient Buildings Community
On October 10th, the MED - Mediterranean Energy Debate took place in Brussels, in the premises of Brussels-Capital Region during the European Week of Regions and Cities.
Members of the Efficient Buildings Community, public authorities and research institutions gathered to discuss the main outcomes of the Community from the last three years of project.
After the greetings of Nicolas Garnier, from the Interreg MED Programme, Ramon Pascual presented the systematic review and the harmonization work carried out by IREC to systhematize all the technical results of the Modular Project. The very final outcomes are the Technical Factheets which present in a synthetic way the main content of the Technical Papers (1st, 2nd and 3rd).
The morning continued with a debating session on the toolbox of the Efficient Buildings Community that collects all the instruments developed by the Modular Projects. Markos Damiasotis of IMPULSE and Carmelina Cosmi of PrioritEE showed to Margaut Pinault of EU's DG Energy and to Philippe Masset of French ADEME how their tools can contribute to the refurbishment of public buildings.
In the second session, Assen Gasharov (EIB) presented the financial opportunities for energy efficiency of the European Investment Bank, while Christos Karkanias from ENERJ and Alkisti Florou from STEPPING brought the experience of implementing Energy Performance Contract at local level: local authorities need trust from banks to finance small-scale refurbishment.
The final session of the morning was dedicated to school buildings and to behavioral changes that can reduce the energy consumption in schools. A group of young climate-engaged students from the "Zhani Ciko" High school (Albania) took the stage to present their short-film "If Earth Was Human" that won the competition under the CrescendoSchools and participated in the Climateurope Festival 2018 in Belgrad (Serbia). Antonio Zonta from EduFootprint and Francesco Baldi from TEESCHOOLS discussed with the students on how the tool and findings from modular projects can contribute to reduce energy consumption and climate action in general.
During the afternoon Andrea Bigano of CMCC presented the Policy Papers (1st and 2nd) of the Efficient Buildings Community with the main policy recommendations arisen from the direct experience of Modular Projects. In addition Miriam Eisermann of Energy Cities and Cynthia Echave from the Renewable Energy Community presented the two parallel and complementary Manifestos. After the presentations the debate started with the audience and with a panel of experts from the buildings sector (Sue Arundale of ECIF), local authorities association (Andy Deacon of Climate Alliance), academia (Rim Ayadi from Euro-Mediterranean Economist Association) and energy agency (Philippe Masset from ADEME). The discussion brought to interesting proposals on how to push the requests and the recommendation from the local level.
The event ended with an unexpected and a pleasant episode: a representative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania in the audience took the stage to promise to the young Albanian students that the Ministry will distribute the video among Albanian authorities to raise awareness of the importance climate action at school level and he also encouraged the students to continue their engagement.