QUEST co-organized workshop "De-risking Energy Efficiency Investments" at Sustainable Places 2020 - 29 October 2020

Energy efficiency investment is a challenging business: energy efficiency is not yet considered as an attractive investment by the financial sector, which limits the possibility to use external private finance on top of equity of project owners and available public funding. The lack of statistical data on the actual energy and costs savings achieved by energy efficiency investment projects, as well as on payment default rates, results in financial institutions attributing high risk premiums to energy efficiency investments.

On top of that, there is increasing evidence that non-energy benefits can play a key role in the decision to invest in energy efficiency. This includes for instance increased building value, lower tenant turnover or vacancy rates etc.


The H2020 projects QUEST, EEnvest and Triple-A are developing innovative solutions to tackle these challenges, and they are joining forces on a common workshop at Sustainable Places 2020 (October 27-30, 2020, digital event) to expose their approach and discuss synergies. The joint workshop will be taking place on Thursday 29th October 2020, starting at 13:00 (CET).

Agenda of the workshop:

13:00 - Welcome statement – Stavros Stamatoukos, Project Advisor at EASME
13:10 - Introduction of the overall objective of the workshop - Rachel Desmaris (R2M Solution)
13:20 - EENVEST – Annalisa Andaloro (EURAC)
13:30 - TRIPLE-A – Chara Karakosta (National Technical University of Athens)
13:40 - QUEST – Stefan Plesser (Synavision) and Sergio Olivero (Links Foundation)
13:50 - Discussion on horizontal questions – moderated by Rachel Desmaris
14:20 - Identification of cooperation opportunities and next steps
14:25 - Conclusion – Annalisa Andaloro & Stavros Stamatoukos
14:30 - End of the session

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement number 846739. The European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained in this document, which is merely represention the author's view.