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Supporting public sector's capacity and leadership in decarbonising Europe's building stock, through the development of a multi-level renovation impact framework

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - BUILD UPON2 (Supporting public sector's capacity and leadership in decarbonising Europe's building stock, through the development of a multi-level renovation impact framework)

Reporting period: 2019-06-01 to 2020-03-31

The H2020 project BUILD UPON, concluded in February 2017, brought together over 2,000 stakeholder organisations at over 100 workshops across Europe to support the design and implementation of national Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS), required by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
The project found that while there are hundreds of initiatives aimed at overcoming key barriers to renovation, very few are tracking or reporting their impact, which creates a barrier to identifying best practice and coordinating implementation. Moreover, a lack of coordination across different levels of governance means that EU policy is not being effectively implemented at the local level through LTRS.
BUILD UPON2 aims to address these issues by supporting cities to play a central role in the design and implementation of these LTRS. 8 pilot cities will develop and test a multi-level renovation impact Framework containing a suite of milestones and measurable progress indicators enabling cities to track and monitor their renovation activities and their impact.
One of the closest monitoring and reporting schemes is that of the Sustainable Energy Actions Plans (SECAPs) within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM). The Project builds upon this initiative and aligns with its monitoring scheme to support and strengthen building renovation follow-up, while it is aligned with the LTRS targets.

Buildings are one of the biggest contributors to climate change in Europe. To meet the EU’s energy efficiency targets for 2020 and 2030, and the long-term goal under the revised EPBD to decarbonise its building stock by 2050, renovation becomes crucial.
The 2018 recast of the EPBD strengthens the role of the LTRS and obliges Member States to set out a roadmap to a decarbonised building stock by 2050, supported by a suite of measurable progress indicators and milestones. This is exactly what the project will do – develop these indicators and capture the multiple benefits of renovation.
The objectives of the project will be met by building upon and creating synergies with existing public and private sector initiatives such as BUILD UPON, the LTRS monitoring requirements, the follow-up implied in SECAPs and the WorldGBC Advancing Net Zero (ANZ) project.

The overall objective of the project is to build political commitment of cities to establish strategies to decarbonise their building stock, setting the Framework as a blueprint for implementing EPBD 2018 and connecting CoM cities to a network of high impact initiatives to progress their strategies.
The aim of the Framework is to become a tool for monitoring the impact of building renovation at city level, aligned with national and European targets. The Framework capture not only the usual climate and energy impacts of renovation, but also the wider environmental, economic and social benefits that the improvement of the building stock has a strong nexus with.
The project is led by 8 national Green Building Councils (GBCs) across Europe (see countries in next section) alongside the Building Performance Institute of Europe (BPIE), and the Covenant of Mayors via Climate Alliance.
Further, each GBC in each country is working closely with a Pilot City who will test the framework from July 2020 (see details in next section). Finally, three follower cities per country will be provided with training materials to enable them to roll out the Framework.
1. UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXT
1.1 The assessment of the new legal framework for building renovations introduced in the EU by the Clean Energy Package, through the report “Summary of implication of the Clean Energy
Package on National Renovation Strategies”.
1.2 New and Updated Stakeholder Maps. Building on the work delivered under the BUILD UPON project, stakeholder maps have been published or updated in each participating country.
1.3 Mapping of national multi governance procedures in each country. Country governance factsheets have been developed, to clarify at which governance levels (national vs local) decisions on building renovation policies are taken, focusing mainly on the process for the adoption of the LTRS.
1.4 Analysis of the alignment of SECAPs with the LTRS requirement from the EPBD, through the report “How to include building renovation in your Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan”, to ensure that the Framework can be integrated within the reporting procedures of SECAPs whilst also satisfying the requirements of the EPBD.
2. FRAMEWORK DEVELOPMENT
2.1 8 National Steering Groups (NSG) were created to assist in the development of the Framework in each country. The groups have a diverse composition from different stakeholders, including government representatives.
2.2. Development of the first drafts of the Framework. GBCs have been working along with their NSG and 2 versions have been developed up to now.
3. MONITORING METHODOLOGY
3.1 Check Availability of Data at Local Level to Measure Selected Indicators. A report has been prepared regarding the availability of data at local and national level in relation to the suggested indicators.
4. WORK WITH THE CITIES
4.1 Pilot Cities. The 8 pilot cities collaborating with the project have been confirmed: Valladolid in Spain, Padova in Italy, Velika Gorica in Croatia, Eskişehir in Turkey, Budaörs in Hungary, Wroclaw in Poland, Leeds in UK and Dublin in Ireland.
4.1 Follower Cities. 20 follower cities have already been engaged in the project.
The project represents a first highly coordinated attempt within the field of monitoring through indicators to create and implement an agreed Framework with the ambition of being potentially replicated in any city.
The composition of the consortium ensures all the dimensions and scales are considered, since many and diverse stakeholders and cities are involved to ensure a large consensus.
To encourage wider uptake of the Framework, the Project builds political commitment to implement strong building renovation strategies with CoM and through the WorldGBC’s existing city commitment programme (ANZ). At administrative level, the Project provides guidance and capacity building on the use of the Framework as a progress monitoring tool.
The potential results and impacts until the end of the project are:
• Real political commitment from city leaders
• Real emissions savings and a decarbonised stock before 2050
• An aligned blueprint for increasing impact in use at city level
• The conditions are in place to scale use of this blueprint, scale political commitments, and scale emissions savings
• Standout initiatives are scaling, supporting increased impact
Project partners have been in discussions with high-level European officials and Members of European Parliament highlighting how learning from the project can be leveraged to trigger the Renovation Wave, particularly the role and potential of stakeholders renovation platforms, already being used by this Project, and impact data to identify initiatives that can be scaled, which is a clear objective of the comprehensive renovation Framework that the project is designing.
In reaction to this ‘Renovation Wave’, the project has independently added a new deliverable, which will be published in June 2020. This will be a case study report to support the identification of impactful local initiatives this wave can help scale.