Press release

Building Renovation and the European Green Deal: A stepping stone for Central European’s energy security?   


On the side-lines of the GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum, the closed-door discussion Building Renovation and the European Green Deal: A stepping stone for Central European’s energy security?  Brought together policymakers, institutional representatives and the private sector to share best practices and innovative solutions around the renovation of buildings in the CEE region.

Led by

  • John Barter, Senior Vice President, GLOBSEC

Distinguished speakers

  • Elisabetta Cornago, Senior Research Fellow, EU Energy and Climate Policy, Centre for European Reform, Belgium
  • Ferdi Klaver, Strategic Partnerships Manager for Sustainability, GLOBSEC
  • Ludmila Majlathova, Advisor of the European Commission Representation in Slovakia
  • Mary Warlick, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Key Discussants

  • Federica Prandin, Sustainability Programme Manager & Research Fellow, GLOBSEC
  • Joerg Bauer, CEO, Tungsram, Hungary
  • Julian Popov, Senior Research Fellow, European Climate Foundation & Chairman, Buildings Performance Institute Europe, Belgium
  • Martin Polonyi, Director-General, Ministry of Finance, Slovakia
  • Martina Slabejova, Group Leasing Director, HB Reavis, Slovakia
  • Natalia Barter, Director, Head of Client Strategy, CBRE, Slovakia
  • Norbert Kurilla, Advisor on the Environment, Energy, Climate Change and the Business Environment, Office of the President, Slovakia
  • Peter Holicza, Climate Policy Advisor to State Secretary Attila Steiner, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Hungary

Key Messages

  • Accelerating the speed and depth of building renovation and implementing energy efficiency measures is key to lower the EU dependency on Russian fossil fuels.
  • In the longer-term, action on energy efficiency is vital to achieve net-zero global emissions by 2050.
  • Transparency and standardisation of energy labels is crucial to advance energy efficient buildings.

Participants reflected on the need for transparency and standardisation of energy labels to advance energy efficient buildings. Energy labelling is particularly important because it allows for tracking and monitoring progress to 2030 climate and energy targets. However, building renovation plans of CEE countries lack clear data and specific standards. Huge challenges in the region are linked to lack of available capacity to implement energy efficiency reforms. Against this background, policy, behavioural and technical solutions have been considered, together with best practices.

For a detailed overview of the session outcomes, consult the extensive summary attached below.