Oct 16 2012
Event - Financing Energy Efficiency: a practical guide for policymakers
By Andrea Marandino
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E3G is hosting an upcoming seminar entitled “Financing Energy Efficiency: a practical guide for policymakers”. It will take place on November 6th 2012 (9.30h to 17.00h) at the Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the EU at 61 Avenue de Cortenbergh in Brussels.
The seminar will take a very practical look at some of the more innovative large scale financial instruments developed to date and assess the challenges involved in securing different sources of finance (public and private) for energy efficiency investments.
Registration for this event has now closed, with the event having been heavily over-subscribed.
The morning session will be opened by Seán Kelly MEP, followed by Marie Donnelly, Director of Energy Efficiency and Innovation at DG Ener, who will provide an update on the Energy Efficiency Directive and on the forthcoming report on financing energy efficiency in buildings.
Following that, we will hear from several successful larger scale projects that have emerged from across the EU. The speakers will provide an insight in what had to be done to secure both national and European funding, highlighting successful attempts to draw down Structural Funds and blend with other sources of finance to support projects.
A panel discussion will round off the morning session. It will focus on the role of bottom-up regional efforts to meet national energy efficiency targets, and the role that national government can play in creating an enabling environment to allow investment to flow.
The afternoon session will be hosted by Claude Turmes MEP and the focus will be on innovation in financial products. This session explores in detail three different structures developed by public banks in the EU.
This will be followed by a broader panel discussion focused on the forward role of public funding, especially around technical assistance, in supporting the development of demand for energy efficiency. It will also explore the interplay between public and private financing – hearing from the UK’s new private sector financing vehicle the Green Deal Finance Company and asking the question: could this ever be a fully privately funded sector for investment?
Organisations with confirmed speakers include EBRD, EIB, KredEx, KfW Bankengruppe, Green Deal Finance Company, Bulgarian Housing Association, Aedes and L’Union Sociale pour L’habitat. The draft programme can be found in PDF form on the top right-hand corner of this article.