[Webinar] 22.06.2020 – Scaling up (deep) renovation: MEPS for existing buildings in the United States and Flanders

This webinar will explore the extent to which Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) as a policy instrument could accelerate the buildings renovation rate in Europe, and under which conditions this could be possible. Two case studies, the US and Flanders (Belgium), will be presented by local experts, to show how MEPS are currently being implemented. The webinar will close with an interactive roundtable discussion, leaving maximum time for engagement with the audience.

[Webinar] Scaling up (deep) renovation: Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for existing buildings in the United States and Flanders

June 22 15-16:30 CET

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Background:
At just 1% annually, the current renovation rate of Europe’s building stock is off track to reaching carbon-neutrality by 2050 – 97% of existing buildings are currently inefficient. Reaching EU targets will therefore require ambitious action. Projected scenarios show that achieving climate-neutrality by 2050 will require the annual renovation rate to increase to 3%, with 70% of total renovations being “deep” renovations.

To date, renovations largely take place on a voluntary basis – there is no uniform obligation on member states and local authorities to renovate buildings, and engaging both building owners and the financial sector is a lengthy and uneven process.

Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) are a policy instrument that has been named as a potential path to support building renovation and have been implemented in different geographical areas and contexts. This webinar will explore the extent to which MEPS could accelerate the buildings renovation rate in Europe, and under which conditions this could be possible. Two case studies, the US and Flanders (Belgium), will be presented by local experts, to show how MEPS are currently being implemented. The webinar will close with an interactive roundtable discussion, leaving maximum time for engagement with the audience.

Who is this webinar for?
Decision makers at EU and national level, focusing on policies for energy efficiency and economic recovery. The topic will also be of direct interest to industry involved in developing, financing, or benefiting from improved energy efficiency, such as project developers and tech providers, the financial sector, housing associations, and local authorities.

Why join?
To gain insights into the current policy landscape surrounding MEPS in Europe and abroad, and hear two case examples of MEPS in practice in the US and Flanders. This webinar will provide an ideal platform to learn and discuss best practices and implementation methods with your peers and experts.

Agenda
15:00 Welcome & Introduction
Oliver Rapf, Executive Director, BPIE
15:05 – 15:15 Setting the scene – policy instruments for the renovation of the European building stock – BPIE
15:15 – 15:35 Experience of MEPS in the US – Cliff Majersik, Institute for Market Transformation
15:35 -15:55 Experience of MEPS in Flanders, Belgium – Roel Vermeiren, Vlaams Energieagentschap
15:55-16:25 Q&A
16:25-16:30
Concluding remarks Oliver Rapf

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