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

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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


Policy Officer
European Commission
General Secretary
e7 energy innovation & engineering
Managing Director
Joule Assets
Founder & CEO
Associate Professor
National Technical University of Athens
Senior Research Engineer
International Energy Research Centre
Senior Associate
HEBES intelligence
EnerSave Capital
Project Manager and Researcher
Senior ESG Strategist