Ms Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP (S&D, Finland) is delighted to invite you to the Roundtable she is hosting on ‘Energy-efficient & fire safe renovations under the EU Green Deal: opportunities for cities, countries, and Europe as a whole’, which is co-organised by Fire Safe Europe. It will take place online on 23 March 2021, from 11:30 to 13:00 CET.
11:30–11:40: Opening speech by Ms Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP;
11:40–11:55: Energy Efficiency initiatives in the EU and the opportunities to improve fire safety by Mr Goldstein (Policy Assistant at DG ENER – responsible for the Energy Performance of Buildings and Renovation Wave follow-up);
11:55–12:10: Examples of energy-efficient and fire-safe renovations at Member States level by Ms Irena Križ Šelendić (Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, Croatia);
12:10–12:25: Energy efficiency improvements at the local level and opportunities for holistic renovations by Dr Stephen Richardson (Director of World Green Building Council Europe);
12:25–12:40: The importance and benefits of energy-efficient and fire-safe renovations by Ms Amaya Osacar (Chair of the Sustainable Buildings Advisory Panel of the European Fire Safety Community);
12:40–12:55: Q&A session;
12:55–13:00: Closing by FSEU moderator.
Why is this discussion important?
To increase the EU Building Stock’s energy efficiency, to fight energy poverty and future-proof European buildings, the European Commission has launched a number of initiatives, in particular the revisions of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). To capitalise on future investments and fully take advantage of these initiatives, we need to adopt a holistic approach to energy efficiency and encourage deep renovations that enhance both energy efficiency and fire safety. This is vital to ensure people’s well-being and safety.
Why does fire safety matter for energy-efficiency?
Increasing energy efficiency sometimes means introducing new technologies, materials or systems in a building. These present sensible benefits for building greener and to achieve a more sustainable future. Nonetheless, to take full advantage of these solutions, we must harness them in a fire-safe way. It is important that efforts to maximise energy efficiency do not impact a building’s fire performance negatively. In 2018, the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive ensured promising improvements in EU regulation by including two articles encouraging the EU Member States to consider fire safety in buildings undergoing major renovations as well as in their long-term renovation strategies. Amid the EU Green Deal, we need to go even further.
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