On 12 October 2017 the Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino hosted the workshop "Speeding up market-uptake of buildings renovation in Europe", co-organized by ICLEI, the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous province of Bolzano and the EU Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento. The workshop gathered speakers and participants from different regions of Europe to discuss the challenges shared by local governments in boosting the uptake of buildings renovation.

MEP Herbert Dorfmann welcomed participants, pointing out that in Europe buildings are responsible for 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of CO2 emissions. By improving the energy efficiency of its building stock the EU could reduce its total energy consumption by 5-6 percent and lower CO2 emissions by about 5 percent.
Speakers from local and regional governments then outlined the challenges inherent in encouraging renovation, pointing out success stories within their local context. Many lamented that the process of renovation is seen as overly intrusive, meaning building owners would rather absorb higher energy costs than proceed with steps to increase energy efficiency. Another issue was the lengthy payback periods, which makes the prospect uninteresting for investors in search of short term returns.

 

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Ulrich Klammsteiner, Vice Director and Head of Department, KlimaHaus/Casa Clima Energy Agency of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, outlined how we should promote zero-energy buildings as “zero-problem” buildings, emphasising their positive impact on quality of life.
Silvia Debiasi, Agency for Water and Energy (APRIE) shared the experience of the Autonomous Province of Trento presenting some key projects and initiatives such as the incentives scheme for the retrofitting of multi-ownership buildings which is meant to trigger a volume of about 130 mln EUR of works this year, as well as the Interreg Europe project “FINERPOL” aiming at identifying a set of buildings to be renovated applying dedicated financial instruments in order to maximize value extraction and reduce transaction costs of the funded operation.

Experts and project managers of several organizations complemented the discussion with their own experience of investor behaviour. Panellists agreed that there is no one solution fits all, and that the success of deep retrofitting across Europe is linked to a mix of measures. These include regulatory and fiscal policies that boost incentives for renovation, and the establishment of participatory processes within the local community to assess and share the co-benefits of the renovation.
The event was supported by the EU-funded ABRACADABRA project, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

Ppt KlimaHaus/Casa Clima

Ppt APRIE

 

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