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 Why “Smart Finance for Smart Buildings” won’t be enough to renovate Europe

Yamina SAHEB

The Clean Energy for All Europeans package projects buildings to play a pivotal role in the EU energy transition. The Commission sees the non-legislative initiative “Smart Finance for Smart Buildings (SFSB) as a major driver in the transformation of the emerging energy renovation market from a market of shallow renovation financed by grants towards a self-sustained market delivering zero energy buildings.

Could this be a wishful thinking?

 Clean Energy for All Europeans Package - Do the Commission’s Impact Assessments Assign the Right Role to Energy Efficiency?

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 Clean Energy for All Europeans Package - Do the Commission’s Impact Assessments Assign the Right Role to Energy Efficiency? - Executive Summary

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 Crazy Toading

“Crazy toading” means doing things differently or in unexpected way. The concept is based on the analysis of the travel toads make, every year, to reproduce. Each year, in a gregarious manner, all toads move to the breeding area. However, few toads choose to go in an opposite direction, or use the tunnels environmentalists dig for them under the roads. Toads that follow conventional tracks are often crushed by cars. While those who venture in unconventional directions, survive, reach the breeding area and save the species.

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03/04/2017 - 18:00 to 07/04/2017 - 22:45
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 Clean Energy for All Europeans: ALDE stakeholder Hearing #2

The event is hosted by MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy and MEP Morten Helveg Petersen. The aim is to discuss the Commission proposals related to the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

OpenExp is invited to present on its on-going analysis of the EED and the EPBD impact assessments. As shown in the attached presentation:

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30/03/2017 - 10:00 to 12:00
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European Parliament (Brussels)

 Energie en Afrique(s) : Phénomène de Mode ou Grand Enjeu du 21ème siècle ?

Depuis quelques années, le défi énergétique en Afrique semble susciter de nombreuses vocations. Du chanteur-entrepreneur Akon à l’ancien ministre français Jean-Louis Borloo, beaucoup ont tenté de proposer des solutions pour résoudre ce problème structurel du continent, avec plus ou moins de succès.

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16/03/2017 - 19:15 to 21:15
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Sciences Po (Paris)

 Getting our homes future ready: Essential skills and innovative solutions for a fair energy transition in public, cooperative and social housing

The event is an initiative of Housing Europe as part of the PROF TRAC project which targets technical experts, architects and managers involved in nZEB design and construction.

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08/03/2017 - 09:30 to 17:00
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House of Dutch Provinces (Brussels)

 Energy renovation: It’s time we get serious about it!

Yamina SAHEB

I am not sure if this is good news – or scary news! Here we have two Directives related to buildings under revision in the EU, and their messages are confusing at best. Let's take a closer look at them.

The impact assessment, accompanying the proposal amending the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) -included in the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package- projects the building sector to lead the transition of energy demand in Europe.

The above-mentioned impact assessment includes six scenarios:

 Understanding the Commission's Impact Assessments

The aim of the workshop is to discuss and provide feedback on OpenExp analysis of the commission's impacts assessments related to the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD).

As shown in the attached presentation, the Commission scenarios provide evidence about the economic viability of 40% energy savings target. The analysis also shows some modelling weaknesses which require further clarification such as GDP and employment impacts in some Member States when using the general equilibrium model (GEM-E3).

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03/03/2017 - 10:00 to 14:30
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CEN/CENELEC (Brussels)

 Securing Europe's energy future with efficiency and renewables

Yamina SAHEB

Russia’s warning of a looming gas crisis in Europe challenges the claimed ambition of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package. In fact, the Commission’s proposal, released on November 30th, falls short in securing Europe’s energy future with energy savings and renewables -the only two clean energy sources available in Europe and at an affordable price.

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