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CEDEC - Covenant of Mayors Webinar (25/09 - 12:00 -13:00 CEST): “Promotion of energy efficiency and renewables in buildings”


 Covenant of Mayors & CEDEC webinar

Promotion of energy efficiency and renewables in buildings”

 25 September 2017, 12h00-13h00 (CEST), online



In the context of the overall EU decarbonisation agenda, the increase of the share of renewable energies and efficiency in the use of energy play a crucial role. More concretely, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and energy efficiency first principle have been placed at the heart of the  Energy  Union  strategy.  They  represent  important  goals  of  the  “Clean  energy  package”,  the European Commission’s set of measures to realise a clean energy transition.

Buildings account for 40% of Europe's energy consumption. The Commission proposal aiming at speeding up the renovation rate of existing buildings with a view to decarbonise the building stock is currently under discussion in the European Parliament. 


The objective of this webinar is to show how local energy companies actively contribute to the promotion of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in buildings, focusing on two countries - Belgium and Germany. 


12h0Ms Jana Cicmanova, Covenant of Mayors Office & Ms Ludovica Sara Fondi, the European Federation of Local Energy Companies (CEDEC)

Welcome & Introduction

12h0Mr Patrick Claessens, Director of the Network Access Management Department at Sibelga

Sibelga is the only distribution network operator for electricity and natural gas in the 19 communes of the Brussels Capital Region. Patrick will present the situation in the Brussels Capital Region, where the promotion of investments in apartment buildings is less attractive compared to single houses, due to the current legal framework. Upon the request of the regional authority, Sibelga proposed an alternative framework to overcome those difficulties.

12h2Mr Fabian Schmitz-Grethlein,

Deputy Chief of the Energy Department at the German Association of Local Public Utilities (VKU)

Fabian will address the specificities of the district heating and cooling sector, as well as e-mobility and measures to increase energy efficiency in buildings. In these sectors it is particularly important that local energy companies and communities work closely together.


Discussion and Q&A session.