The 2013 annual conference of the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) “Energy Efficiency Cities” will present the main challenges and opportunities for cities to contribute to the energy efficiency targets.
It is a great pleasure to inform you that this year’s edition of the EUKN EGTC International Conference will take place in Oradea, Romania, on the 6th -7th of November 2013, with the collaboration of Oradea Metropolitan Area and The City-hall of Oradea Municipality.
Energy efficiency is a top political priority in Europe. Our economy is expected to be low-carbon by 2050. This requires a massive transition. The sense of urgency of this transition is not disputed. Cities play a key role in a more energy efficient society, since they are the major energy and resource consumers. Action at the local level is needed to prepare cities for this challenge.
Experts from Europe – policy makers, researchers and practitioners at EU, national and local levels – will contribute to a two-day international knowledge festival to discuss in interactive workshops the different aspects of energy efficiency in the built environment: energy service companies, the social neighbourhood, historic buildings, citizen participation and behaviour change. On-site visits to projects in Oradea and presentations of good practices from all over Europe will give participants a deeper insight into concrete instruments and policies for further strengthening the effectiveness of local energy efficiency actions.
The participants will try to give answers on how to make historic buildings energy efficient, how to develop behaviour change strategies, and how to renovate vast groups of buildings at a low cost. Details regarding the conference agenda will be provided in the weeks to come on the websites: www.zmo.ro și www.eukn.org.