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Kick-off meeting on 26-27th October 2020 – inauguration of the project “EDINA – Energy-efficient development of Special Revitalisation Zones and urban areas” 2020-2022

On 26th and 27th November 2020 the inaugural meeting of the leader, partners and experts from Poland and Germany in the field of energy efficiency, urban planning and architecture took place. Its aim was to discuss the project and ways of its implementation. The meeting was hold online via  Ms Teams Platform.

  • Accompanying events

On 26th November 2020 the project participants could to take part in the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) Web Seminar on: “The Renovation Wave under the European Green Deal. New policy windows for accelerating and financing building renovation at the municipal level”.

On 14th October 2020, the European Commission published a new strategy called “The Renovation Wave for Europe – Greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives”. The web seminar intended to shed light on new opportunities arising in the coming months to decarbonise the European building stock. Among others, the European Performance of Buildings Directive will be revised in 2021 in view of the new proposals set out by the renovation wave. The seminar focused on major changes that have been announced to step up renovation efforts across Europe.

The Web Seminar programme was following:

  1. Welcome by the EUKI Secretariat (Matthias Daun, EUKI)
  2. A Renovation Wave for Europe – The European Green Deal’s Working Programme for the Building Sector (Sibyl Steuwer, Head of Berlin Office, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE ASBL)
  3. Q&A via chat room
  4. Financing the Wave – Good Practice from EUKI Project “Our Buildings” (Sibyl Steuwer and Dragomir Tsanev, Executive Director, Centre for Energy Efficiency)
  5. Q&A via chat room
  • Workshops in the field of communication between cities

On 26th October 2020 the first workshops in the field of communication were held for all participants of the inaugural meeting within the project EDINA “Energy-saving development in Special Revitalisation Zones and in urban areas”.

The meeting was held on the Zoom platform. Its main aim was getting to know each other. The representatives from the model cities who have knowledge about the implementation and use of legal instruments of Special Revitalisation Zones for the purpose of improving the environment and infrastructure had also the opportunity to exchange their experiences on this subject.

The meeting was attended by the project leader, i.e. the Institute for Urban and Regional Development (IRMiR), and the partners: the Energy Conservation Foundation (FPE) and the Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO e.V.). Special guests supporting the project were representatives of the Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

The workshop consisted of several parts. In the welcome part, Ms Aleksandra Jadach-Sepioło, the project leader, presented the most important goals of the EDINA project. Mr Maciej Aulak, Director of the Department of Assistance Programmes, Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy, warmly encouraged participation in the project as a support for the future goals of the Polish Energy Policy until 2040 and the National Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030. Mr Szymon Tumielewicz, from Department of Air Protection and Urban Policy from the Ministry of Environment and Climate, underlined the need to plan activities in the field of improving energy efficiency, which will have a positive effect on the change of climate conditions.

During the lecture, Mr Aldo Vargas-Tetmajer presented diverse methods of spreading the experiences between cities, exemplary projects aimed at creating similar tools like in the EDINA project as well as different examples of spreading results on the international level.  

Then there was short presentation of all participants of the meeting, primarily the representatives from the Polish cities, where Special Revitalisation Zones (SRZ) were created. The term of the SRZ in the respective cities and the number of calls for subsidies organised in them were also discussed. Next, partners presented themselves, briefly describing their role in the EDINA project.

During the workshops section, every city representative shared his or her experience regarding Special Revitalisation Zones as well as expectations about the EDINA project.

Summing up the workshop, a common decision was taken to create a website to share experiences concerning Special Revitalisation Zones as well as to actively use social media, like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, to promote the most important events in the project but also the general idea of the energetic efficiency improvement.

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