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Cool Heating Coalition members at the policy sessions

EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the flagship event of the EU sustainable energy community, taking place in Brussels and online between 11 and 13 June.

On 28 May, our own panel Fahrenheit 2040: heating and cooling in the EU will take place as a satellite EUSEW event. Our webinar will gather together the Cool Heating Coalition membership, policymakers, aligned organisations, industry representatives and the media to consider the outlook and options for heating and cooling decarbonisation by 2040, based on the Öko-Institut’s assessment of the current EU policy framework.

On day one, 11 June, the go-to of the afternoon is ‘Solar talks: getting the most out of your roof’ featuring Cool Heating Coalition director Delia Villagrasa moderating a panel which includes the lovely Caroline Milne, head of communications for coalition member BPIE, and highlights the potential for solar thermal to power the #CoolHeatingRevolution.

Day two, 12 June, it’s difficult to choose between Streamlining permits for renewables featuring coalition members CAN Europe and Energy Cities, and Bridging the investment gap: mobilising transition finance for a net-zero, energy secure, and competitive Europe with coalition member E3G’s Tsvetelina Kuzmanova contributing to the discussion. Both sessions start at 11.30.

Next up on day two in the 14.30 slot, Financing renovation: solutions for low-income households and worst-performing housing stock is led by coalition member FEANTSA and features contributions from the highly knowledgeable Adrien Bullier and coalition member BEUC’s Guillaume Joly, a most excellent dancer.  This policy session addresses a vital topic for the #JustTransition: the financial challenges and opportunities of renovating the worst-performing stock to define tailor-made solutions for low-income households living in unfit housing. Last call for day two is Citizen-led initiatives for renovation with a contribution from coalition member REScoop’s Felix Kriedemann.

BEUC’s Guillaume Joly on the dancefloor at the Cool Heating Coalition launch
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Day three, 13 June, at 9.30 energy poverty is again in focus: the panel for Multilevel governance: addressing energy poverty in the energy transition era includes coalition member BPIE’s Rutger Broer and are all set to discuss inter alia how the new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Social Climate Fund can help those working to prevent energy poverty.

Also on day three, at 14.00 two very tantalising sessions are scheduled. Firstly, The energy transition at the core of Central Eastern Europe’s roadmap with a distinguished panel featuring Julian Popov, Fellow of the European Climate Foundation and chairman of coalition member BPIE and Cornelia Maarfield, head of energy at coalition member CAN Europe. The session focuses on key political actions that leverage the energy transition to deliver on regional priorities of security, industrial growth and fighting energy poverty – as well as the overarching priority of climate action.

Taking place at the same time, a session for those wondering what happens next to the heat-beneath-your-feet – and how to triple geothermal capacity by 2030. Check out Geothermal now: bridging policy, industry, and science for a European geothermal energy strategy with DG Energy’s Łukasz Koliński and coalition member Energy Cities’ Adrien Hiel.

Energy Cities’ Adrian Hiel speaking at the Cool Heating Coalition launch
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On our radar

We’re curious to see what goes down in Exploring the heat map: inspiring approaches to sustainable urban heat planning which zooms in on the readiness of local authorities to fulfil the requirement of the recast Energy Efficiency Directive for cities with over 45,000 inhabitants to develop local heating and cooling plans. Find out how EU Member States are doing in supporting their local governments to prepare heating and cooling plans with coalition member Energy Cities’ tracker. During this session, the Covenant of Mayors – Europe will launch a campaign aimed at raising awareness and empowering local authorities to transition away from fossil fuels, in line with the EU’s strategies to phase out gas. Another ripple in the #CoolHeatingRevolution!  

And Who said energy efficiency is boring? No one who stayed awake long enough to listen to the answer is our bet…this session is worth a shout-out for novelty value alone, with coalition member CAN Europe’s Chiara Martinelli, the able climate and energy journalist Kira Taylor and EPBD guru Adrian Joyce amongst others on a gamified mission: crafting the perfect energy-saving policy mix for an EU nation. Here’s hoping!

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