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Canada-EU exchange webinar: Supporting Local Action on Energy Efficiency

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What are the available tools providing technical and financial support for local action in building renovations? What can we learn from leading European and Canadian cities' experience and what do they need to reach their climate goals?Join the European Commission, Natural Resources Canada, representatives from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the EIB and the Covenant of Mayors and many representatives of cities and local authorities across Europe and Canada on May 18th, 2021 – 16:00-18:00 CET | 10:00-12:00 EST.


The third of the Canada-EU series on energy efficiency and buildings, this webinar on local action will be the most interactive yet.


  • Discover successful local initiatives across European and Canadian cities, from tracking climate goals to creating local incentive programmes, and training experts to execute energy efficiency measures.
  • Learn how to access available technical and financial assistance tools supporting local actions for building renovations
  • Meet and engage in a dialogue with city experts from across Europe and Canada in breakout groups about local priorities, tools, and needs to reach the climate goals




  • Welcome, housekeeping and agenda: Oliver Rapf, BPIE
  • Opening remarks: Global initiatives happening on the local level – Eero Ailio, Advisor, Energy Transition and Local Governance, DG ENER
  • Session 1: Tools supporting local action from Europe and Canada
    • European Local ENergy Assistance (ELENA), programme results and best practices for local energy efficiency projects – Louise White, Senior Engineer, Energy Efficiency and Small Scale Energy, ELENA, European Investment Bank
    • Q&A with experts
    • FCM’s Green Municipal Fund – Forward Together – Yi Liu, Senior Manager, Sector Development – Green Municipal Fund
    • Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) – Enabling Urban Climate Solutions in Canada – Oscar Espinosa, Senior Advisor, Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) -Federation of Canadian Municipalities
    • Q&A with experts
  • Session 2:  Interactive breakout sessions with leading cities
    • Participants will be broken into smaller breakout groups to foster maximum stakeholder participation, networking, and learning. Small group discussions will be moderated by leading European and Canadian cities, including Toronto (CA), Edmonton (CA), Vancouver (CA), Lille (FR) and Dublin (IE).
    • Interactive wrap-up from discussions
  • Closing remarks
BPIE, Natural Resources Canada, DG ENER

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