A large share (40%) of European CO2 emissions are produced in order to heat and service buildings. Even though newly built homes and buildings are meeting ever higher energy standards, many older and historical buildings do not yet meet modern energy requirements. However, in these economically tumultuous times, it is not always easy for cities to face this challenge. They are actively looking for effective, efficient and proactive new solutions and methods that can help them improve the energy performance of their building stock. It is widely believed that this will not only help them to meet European and national targets, but will also lead to city-wide benefits in economic, as well as social and cultural, terms.
The creation of energy efficient cities requires a
cross-sectoral approach, as well as innovative forms of governance
and financing models. That is why this publication not only focuses
on cities, but also provides in-depth analyses of activities at the
European and national levels. Thereby, it delves into specific
areas of interest, such as Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), social
housing, cultural heritage and behavioural change. The publication
contains analyses written by European experts and interviews with
key stakeholders from both the public and the private sector who
are eager to share their knowledge and experiences with other
professionals in the field. At the same time, this booklet
highlights several case studies which EUKN feels are of particular
relevance to local government in Europe.
To download the publication, please visit the EUKN-website.
The annual conference of EUKN will also be on energy efficiency. Experts from Europe – policy makers, researchers and practitioners at EU, national and local level – will contribute to a two-day international knowledge festival. Antonio Borghi, an Italian URBACT expert; Elena Dimitrova, an architect and researcher from Sofia University and Alfred Middelkamp from the Municipality of Assen in the Netherlands, are some of the invited speakers. The conference is organised on 6 and 7 November 2013 in Oradea (Romania). For more information and to register, please visit the annual conference page.