What does it take to accelerate the rate of retrofitting in Europe?
In the EU, buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of the GHG emissions in cities. Most European cities have a large existing building stock that does not meet current energy efficiency targets. The results are high GHG emissions and costs for electricity, heating and cooling. Technologies to retrofit buildings are available, however, the current retrofitting rate is very low, at about 1%. This project, EU Public Building Retrofit Platform (EU-PUBREP), aims to develop a platform that accelerates the rate of retrofitting of public buildings in Europe, especially in Southern and Eastern EU member states.
The platform will help to secure two main project goals (1) improve knowledge sharing of best practices on public building retrofit and (2) to develop new solutions for the upscaling of public building retrofits, such as country-specific guidelines on green building procurement.
South Pole leads this project in collaboration with TEP Energy (CH), Copenhagen Solutions Lab (DK), Municipality of Budapest (H), Agenzia per L’energia a lo sviluppo sostenibile – AESS (IT), Instituto to Valenciano de la Edificatión – IVE (SP) and Narodowa Agencja Poszanowania Energii- NAPE (PL).
Hans-Peter Egler has more than 25 years of experience in international cooperation in the areas of trade, production, investment and infrastructure including environment and social issues. Cooperation with businesses and financial entities of all kinds, the World Bank, regional development banks, various UN organisations, non-governmental organisations, industries and retailers in Switzerland and in developing countries as well as government agencies in developing and in industrialised countries. He has also 20 years of experience in innovative project management at the interface between the economy, environment and development cooperation. At South Pole, Hans-Peter is leading the activities related to climate finance in cities, including the set-up of an EU Public Retrofitting platform, and the support to Indian cities in structuring projects to attract private capital.