Webinar on Comprehensive assessments of Energy Efficiency in Buildings and current EU policy changes

Date: 10. 03. 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Organized by: sEEnergies, BPIE and Aalborg University

As a response to the European Commission’s 2050 decarbonization goals, sEEnergies uniquely considers all aspects of the Energy Efficiency (EE) First Principle. By applying it in sectors and markets, country-by-country and grid-by-grid, and by combining temporal and spatial analyses, sEEnergies will develop an innovative, holistic and research-based EE-modelling approach.

The aim of sEEnergies is to quantify and operationalize the potentials for energy efficiency in buildings, transport, and industry. The project goes beyond state-of-the-art science-based knowledge and methods, as it combines sectorial bottom-up knowledge with hour-by-hour modeling of the energy systems and spatial analysis in the EU. Web: www.seenergies.eu Twitter: @sEEnergiesEU

At this webinar Ulrich Reiter from TEP Energy presents an assessment of the energy efficiency and renewable energy potentials in both residential and nonresidential buildings. The presentation will shed light on the cost aspects of different refurbishment measures and their contribution to reducing the energy demand. In addition, these measures are compared to the costs of using renewable energy for building related energy services. We will present data from the EU28 countries on energy efficiency potentials in the building sector and give a broad understanding of the economic, social and ecological impacts of implementing the Energy Efficiency First Principle in the buildings sector.

Jonathan Volt from BPIE will present the status of the ongoing overhaul of EU policies on energy efficiency in buildings. The presentation will discuss the effectiveness of existing policies and go through the good, the bad and the ugly with the proposed policy package. 

Presented by

Jonathan Volt (BPIE)

Brian Vad Mathiesen 

(Aalborg University)


Ulrich Reiter (TEP)


09:00 – 09:05
Brian Vad Mathiesen (Aalborg University)
09:05 – 09:25
Energy Efficiency in the European Building stock (sEEnergies)
Ulrich Reiter (TEP)
09:25 – 09:40
EU Buildings legislation: Up to the task to deliver climate-neutrality
Jonathan Volt (BPIE)
09:40 – 10:00
Debate about the alignment of Energy Efficiency potentials and current policy developments

Jonathan Volt is Project Manager at BPIE where he focuses on projects related to the decarbonisation of European buildings. He joined BPIE in 2016 and have been involved in projects on topics such as national renovation strategies, nearly-zero energy buildings, indoor environmental quality, one-stop-shops, urban regeneration, energy poverty and policy innovation. The last 2 years, he has led research activities on building renovation passports, district approaches, and decarbonisation trajectories in the building sector. 


Brian Vad Mathiesen, Professor in Energy Planning and Renewable Energy Systems at Aalborg University, holds a PhD in fuel cells and electrolysers in future energy systems (2008). His research focuses on technological and socio-economic transitions to renewables, energy storage, large-scale renewable energy integration and the design of 100% renewable energy systems.

He is one of the leading researchers behind the concepts of Smart Energy Systems and electrofuels. He is on the Clarivate, Web of Science Highly Cited list (2015-2020), thus among the top 1% most cited researchers globally. Among other positions, he is member of the EU Commission expert group on electricity interconnection targets in the EU and The newly founded Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) Expert Group on A Systemic Approach For the Energy Transition In Europe. He is the Research Coordinator of the Sustainable Energy Planning Research group, Principal Investigator (PI) of the RE-INVEST and sEEnergies projects, and Programme Director for the MSc in Sustainable Cities.

He has been PI, work package leader and participant in more than 60 research projects as well as editorial board member of The Journal of Energy Storage (Elsevier) and The Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water & Environment Systems; Associate Editor of Energy, Ecology and Environment (Springer) and Editor of the International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management. Recently he started the new Elsevier Journal Smart Energy. Furthermore, he is a member of The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV) and a board member at The Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP).Furthermore, he is a member of The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV) and a board member at The Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP).