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Webinar | New business models to de-risk investments and kick start the EU building renovation wave

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This webinar will take place on the 18th of June, from 12.00 to 13.30. 

Register here.

Energy transition: new business models to de-risk investments and kick start the EU building renovation wave

To effectively de-risk investments in the building sector and facilitate the upgrading of building performance and energy efficiency services in Europe, policy, financing and technical tools need to work together in a coordinated and coherent manner. This session aims to demonstrate how a selection of front running H2020 projects are working to overcome barriers to achieve the doubling of the building renovation rate needed to reach the EU’s ambitious 2050 goal of becoming the 1st 'Climate-Neutral Continent' (EU Green Deal).


These projects support the energy transition through cooperation in research and innovation, aiming to design and disseminate new business models, technical and financial tools, frameworks for standardisation and benchmarking of sustainable energy investments, as well as educational material and guidelines for European energy markets.


This session aims to:


  • 1. Present advancements in energy efficiency financing to foster sustainable growth and novel demand side business models, supporting the identification of transparent and predictable investments.
  • 2. Illustrate practical examples of how existing and emerging financing and technical tools are facilitating building renovation projects and targeting recommendations on policy framework and market architecture.
  • 3. Gather feedback from relevant stakeholders to improve the policy-relevance of project outcomes, actively engage and invite them for further collaboration on energy efficiency financing.

The session will address key current challenges, such as mainstreaming energy efficiency finance through innovative mechanisms, valuing energy efficiency infrastructure and demand-side flexibility as energy resources, and highlighting the role of standardised technical quality criteria and certification schemes. 


Concerned stakeholders:


  • Policy makers, policy support institutes & public authorities
  • Energy utilities, EPCs providers, ESCOs, housing associations, aggregators, building sector professional stakeholders, construction companies & building technology suppliers
  • Investment banks and funds, insurance companies, financial advisors, Unit Investment Trusts and develop./manag. of financial products
  • Energy system operators and regulators: TSOs, DSOs, ACER

NGOs, Think Tanks, Energy Agencies, citizen groups and consumer associations




Welcome and opening

Frank Hovorka, (m), President, REHVA


Keynote speech

Dimitrios Athanasiou, (m), Policy Officer, Unit C4 Energy Efficiency: Buildings and products

DG ENER, European Commission


Moderated panel debate - Q&A

Chaired by Valérie Plainemaison, (f), General Secretary, EFIEES

De-risking energy efficiency investments in buildings: The role of standardised technical and financial quality criteria

Klemens Leutgöb, (m), CEO, e7 energy innovation & engineering

Aggregation and securitization as key driver for energy efficiency finance

Jessica Stromback, (f), Managing Director, Joule Assets

Quality management to de-risk real estate investments

Stefan Plesser, (m), Founder & CEO, synavision

More transparent and attractive energy efficiency projects ideas: The Triple-A case

Haris Doukas, (m), Associate Professor, National Technical University of Athens


Moderated panel debate - Q&A

Chaired by Filippos Anagnostopoulos, (m), Senior Associate, IEECP

The impact of integrating Demand Response and Energy Efficiency through Enhanced EPCs

Jo Southernwood, (f), Senior Research Engineer, International Energy Research Centre

Business models offering energy efficiency as a power system resource

Sotiris Papadelis, (m), Director, HEBES intelligence

Standardizing contractual agreements for energy efficiency financing

Csaba von Csiky, (m), Chairman, EnerSave Capital

User-centred building operational rating: The evidence-based approach leveraging the EPB standards and the Smart Readiness Indicator

Simona D’Oca, (f), Project Manager and Researcher, Huygen


Closing remarks

Murray Birt, (m), Senior ESG Strategist, DWS



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