The European Commission’s flagship initiative the “Renovation Wave” aims to decarbonise the European building stock. This is a massive endeavour as buildings are responsible for 40% of the EU’s final energy consumption and account for 36% of CO2 emissions.
Two-thirds of existing buildings are likely to remain in use by 2050. Therefore, the “Renovation Wave’s” success will depend on an approach that is both broad and ambitious enough to tackle the challenge of decarbonising our homes by guaranteeing efficient and decarbonised heat supply and transforming the buildings themselves. Smart district energy networks are a crucial prerequisite for the large-scale utilisation of low-carbon and renewable energy sources in cities. The Council has underlined the need to include district heating and cooling networks in the scope of the “Renovation Wave”. Meanwhile cities and regions alike have already started implementing similar approaches with heat network pilots and renovations going hand in hand.
During this workshop we will discuss how the “Renovation Wave” will provide support to cities and regions to decarbonise their building stock and hear about local approaches that are already under way in Europe.