Panel Sessions 2021

Why are Panel Sessions so important?

Parallel Panel sessions are where most of the “magic” happens and they are among the most popular parts of the programme. One of the many things that make C4E Forum special is interaction among participants. The whole morning on both Wednesday and Thursday will be dedicated to Panel sessions in which participants will have an opportunity to share their experience, discuss issues and look for inspiration for their everyday work.

We insist strongly on short presentations (12 min; 3 presentations per session) and reserving at least half of the 90 min session for engagement with audience and break-out work moderated by an experienced Panel Leader (who is also earlier engaged in preparation of the session with the Presenters by providing comments to their outlines etc.).

Wednesday 22 September


Role of buildings in the energy system

Room: Ana4

Panel Leader: Petr Holub, Buildings21, Czech Republic

1. The role of household heating in meeting the goals of the Energy Union and its economic implication by Boglarka Molnar, Camridge Econometrics, Hungary

2. Pay-for-performance (P4P) – accessing the value of energy to energy systems: practical examples from the H2020 SENSEI project by Samuel Thomas, RAP (France/UK)

3. Efficiency First, from words to actions: practical examples from the ENEFIRST project by Janne Rieke Boll, BPIE (Germany)

Moving renovation to the next level

Room: Ana 1

Panel Leader: Adrian Joyce, EuroACE, Belgium

1. Potential of the single-family houses’ renovation in Slovakia and Czech Republic – Katarina Nikodemova, B4F, Slovakia

2. Renovation programmes for residential buildings in Romania in 2014-2020 – financial exercise – Catalina Calbureanu, AAECR – Romanian Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings, Romania

3. Circular economy and low-carbon industry – review of the policy instruments implemented in the EU – Katarzyna Korczak, Research and Innovation Centre Pro-Akademia, Poland

Green Finance Driving More Sustainable Homes

Room: Ana 2

Panel Leader: Steven Borncamp, SMARTER Finance for Families – Horizon 2020, Romania

1. Green Homes & Green Mortgages by Daniel Butucel, Romania Green Building Council-RoGBC (Romania)

2. Green Homes criteria and local strategies, with international recognition by Sanela Klarić, GBC BiH (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

3. Mitigating Energy Poverty with hybrid green finance solutions by Iva Merheim Eyre, People in Need (Czech Republic)

Alleviating energy poverty through building renovation and ensuring a just energy transition (1)

Room: Ana 3

Panel leader for this session is Mihai Moia, RoENEF, Romania

1. Fighting off energy poverty through deep energy building retrofitting – Dragomir Tzanev, EnEffect, Center for Energy Efficiency, Bulgaria

2. Energy poverty, solid fuel use in Hungary – Nora Feldmar, Habitat for Humanity Hungary, Hungary

3. Transition to Just: who pays for and who benefits from the energy transition – Louise Sunderland – RAP, UK

Wednesday 22 September


Community support centers as a prerequisite for multi apartment building renovations

Room: Ana4

Panel Leader: Zita Kakalejcikova, Habitat for Humanity Intenational

Presentations by panelists

1. Supporting homeowners in energy efficient refurbishment in post-Soviet countries by Johann Strese, IWO e. V. – Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (Germany)

2. Energy efficiency renovations of multi-apartment buildings, challenges, and prospects for the homeowners by Liljana Alceva, Habitat for Humanity Macedonia (North Macedonia) – ONLINE contribution

3. Engagement of energy poor households in the renovation process in Bulgaria by Dragomir Tzanev, EnEffect – Center for Energy Efficiency (Bulgaria)

NZEB for the future

Room: Ana3

Panel Leader: Catalin Lungu, OAER/AIIR/REHVA, Romania

1. NZEB into the existing building fund as an affordable solution – Ancuța Maria Măgurean, AAECR, Romania

2. Deep retrofit public buildings energy efficiency financing programme – Mihai Tudorancea, Raluca Teodosiu, TUD Consult, Romania

3. The use of Key Enabling Technologies in Zero Energy Buildings through Monitoring, Control and Intelligent Management – Laura Aelenei, National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Portugal

Energy savings in reality not just on paper

Room: Ana1

Panel Leader: Katarzyna Wardal, Knauf Insulation, Belgium

1. Energy and resource efficiency in the European construction sector, based on European Construction Sector Observatory – Analytical Report – Improving energy and resource efficiency, Giulio Milanesi and Giovanni Signorini, PwC, Luxembourg

2. Monitoring of energy performance of multi-family buildings renovated with public finance – Emilia Mladin, AAECR – Romanian Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings, Romania

3. How to build up and operate buildings with the guarantee of minimum aggregate costs? – Ales Chamrad, ESCO Association, Czech Republic

How to draft effective Long-Term Renovation Strategies?

Room: Ana2

All EU countries must establish a long-term renovation strategy (LTRS) to support the renovation of their national building stock into a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050. C4E Forum brings us the great opportunity to share experiences with LTRS among EU countries mostly from CEE and Balkan region and within whole range of stakeholders like decision makers, academia, business, NGOs and politicians.

These strategies will form part of EU countries’ integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs) and are an important input to the ‘renovation wave’ initiative announced as part of the European Green Deal. LTRS are precondition to effective usage of EU structural funds and other financing schemes.

The outcomes of the workshop contribute to prepare better LTRS in 2023, with focus on lessons learned, best practices and share the knowledge to Western Balkan countries where LTRS are only being prepared.

Thursday 23 September


Removing financial and other barriers to renovation

Room: Ana1

Panel Leader: Peter Robl, B4F, Slovakia

1. Integrated Services to Boost Renovation in Hungarian Homes – Introduction of the first Hungarian one-stop-shop: the RenoHUb project by Zsuzsanna Koritar, MEHI, Hungary

2. RenovActive SK – removing barriers for a affordable renovation by Klara Bukolska, Ondrej Bores, Velux (Czech Republic/Slovakia)

3. When the Policy Stars Align: How new financial disclosure and ESG rules are converging with the EPBD to drive building energy efficiency by Lisa Chase, King’s College London/Lucky Fish Communications, LLC (USA/UK)

Financing renovation of residential building stock

Room: Ana3

Panel Leader: Anna Ackermann, Ecoaction, Ukraine

1. Customer feedback on New Green Savings support scheme, Tomas Trubacik, Chance for buildings, Czech Republic

2. How did CZ accelerate its SFH renovation program by 30% in one year?, Jakub Hrbek, State Fund of Environment, Czech Republic

3. Single family buildings support scheme in Poland, Andrzej Guła, Institute for Environmental Economics, Poland

Building today, Building tomorrow! Session by Velux.

Room: Ana3

Panel discussion about energy efficiency benefits, natural daylight and fresh air in improving indoor climate in both residential and industrial buildings.
  1. Serban Tiganas ­- moderator
  2. Jensen Søren – Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Romania. Topic: Energy Efficiency – the Danish Approach
  3. Oana Ozmen
  4. Florin Enache – Topic: Smart People and Smart Buildings
  5. Daniel Butucel – Topic: Over4. Building4Better
  6. Emilia Mladin – Topic: Comfort indicators for energy certification of new and existing buildings in X-tendo H2020 project

Municipal renovation strategies – Our buildings

Room: Sport M/1

Panel Leader: Katarina Nikodemova, B4F, Slovakia

1. The renovation strategies of small Bulgarian municipalities: the crux of energy poverty and smart development by Dragomir Tzanev, EnEffect, Center for Energy Efficiency, Bulgaria

2. Accelerating climate action in buildings –Enabling municipalities to design ambitious long-term renovation strategies by Janne Rieke Boll, BPIE (Germany)

3. Long term renovation strategies adapted to small and medium size cities, in accordance to the Romanian and European regulation by Camelia Rata, OER – The Romanian Network of Energy Cities (Romania)

Tackling Energy Poverty through the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) energy savings obligation

Room: Ana2

Panel leader for this session is Samuel Thomas, RAP

1. Introduction to the ENSMOV & SocialWatt H2020 Projects and the new proposals on energy poverty in the EED by Louise Sunderland, RAP, UK

2. Experience of using EEOSs to tackle energy poverty, including in Croatia by Lovorko Marić, Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar, Croatia

3. The utility experience of delivering energy poverty focused measures and the wider Romanian context by Alisa Vlasa (CEZ, Romania) and Camelia Vasile (Institute for Studies and Power Engineering, Romania)

Thursday 23 September


Skills, need for training in energy efficiency

Room: Ana3

Panel Leader: Mihai Pasti, EFdeN, Romania

1. Is that an nZEB? Stimulating the market for quality buildings to raise the demand for nZEB-related vocational training and education by Dragomir Tzanev, EnEffect, Center for Energy Efficiency, Bulgaria

2. Overcoming the mismatched skills for delivering NZEBs using Building Information Modelling by Sanjin Gumbarević, University of Zagreb (Croatia)

3. Setting up National Qualification and Training Schemes for Craftsmen in Four Countries by Jiri Karasek, SEVEn, The Energy Efficiency Center (Czech Republic)

The nexus of energy efficiency, air quality and health

Room: Ana2

Panel Leader: Birte Kurbjeweit, Clean Air Fund, UK

1. Solutions in the built environment to improve air quality by Piotr Łyczko, Małopolska Region (Poland)

2. Building public awareness of air pollution by Anna Dworakowska, Kraków Smog Alert (Poland)

3. Health impacts of air pollution by Alexander Simidchiev Air4Health (online)

Governments leading in climate policies

Room: Ana4

Panel Leader: Susanne Dyrboel, Rockwool, Denmark

1. IBRoad – The Individual Building Renovation Roadmaps by Alexander Deliyannis, Sympraxis Team (Greece)

2. PROSPECT2030: Low carbon energy planning in HU, PL, HR by Karoly Oelberg, AACM Central Europe Llc/Archenerg Renewable Energy Cluster (Hungary)

3. How can Eastern European countries become European leaders in climate policies? by Katarina Nikodemova, B4F (Slovakia)

Alleviating Energy Poverty Through Renovations: Local Experiences and Reality Checks

Room: Sport M/1

Panel leader for this session is Quentin Galland from Knauf Insulation, Belgium

1. Energy poverty, energy efficiency and health in Poland – Jakub Sokołowski, IBS, Poland

2. How to tackle energy poverty in Hungary – lessons from past – Anna Zsofia Bajomi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

3. Role of municipal networks in the fight against energy poverty – Iva Merheim Eyre, People in Need, Czech Republic

Where to get the money to support energy efficiency?

Room: Ana1

Panel leader for this session is Afroditi Psatha from EuroACE, Belgium

1. Boosting building renovation within Slovak Recovery Plan – Richard Paksi, B4F, Slovakia

2. Using carbon revenues from the EU ETS to fund building renovation – Louise Sunderland, RAP, UK

Who can present?

Anyone who has relevant and interesting topics to share at the conference. We encourage all participants to submit presentation outlines about interesting developments in energy efficiency policy in their countries in the CEE region.

Is there a cost involved?

All presenters have to register as participants. The registration fee structure is outlined here