The role of multiple benefits in the European green transition: The multiple benefits of energy efficiency and the catalytic potential of their consideration for the European green transiton

Date and time: Friday 23 September 12:00 – 13:30 CET

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Concept and focus

This session aims to give a wide audience of policy-makers, investors, and private sector actors a thorough understanding of the multiple benefits approach, its expediency, the barriers hindering its widespread implementation, and its different fields of application. The session will be organised by five different projects, all focussing on multiple benefits from different perspectives: M-Benefits focussed on companies and the tertiary sector; DEESME on SMEs; EERAdata targeted buildings, with a special emphasis on municipal facilities; REFEREE and MICAT both focus on societal multiple benefits targeting policy-making and investors, using different methodologies.

In order to capitalise on these different perspectives, the session will start with a workshop subdivided into five parallel groups, one for each project’s focus. In these groups, the multiple benefits associated with default or audience-proposed energy efficiency projects will be discussed, generating a common understanding of the general concept of multiple benefits.

Once the audience has internalised the concept and discussed the different perspectives in the breakout groups, invited speakers who have participated in the table discussions will be invited on stage to debate the topic in greater depth. In order to spark a slightly controversial conversation, the panel will include speakers representing policy-making, SMEs, finance, energy agencies, and the environmental movement. In this round, the multiple benefits approach’s potential and practical barriers as well as the related new visibility thanks to the inclusion in many articles of the EED recast will be discussed, rendering the debate very timely.

Yet, the emphasis of the workshop lies on the general multiple benefits approach and not on the specifics of the five involved EU projects, which are merely present through posters on the side and a digital leaflet with links and information made available to participants during the session.