On 14 November 2016, the city of Milan hosted the annual Renovate Italy Day. The objective of the event was to raise awareness among policy makers and citizens about the benefits of energy-efficient building refurbishment. The conference gathered over 110 participants including European, national and local policy-makers, representatives from environmental organisations as well as academic experts from universities.
During the event, the pilot district leader of the city of Milan Lorenzo Pagliano, from the University Politecnico di Milano opened the debate on the need to review the energy-efficiency targets after the signature of the Paris Agreement. Underlining the benefits of building refurbishment, he also explained the work that has been carried out to improve the energy of the buildings in the framework of the EU-GUGLE project. His speech was followed by several presentations focusing on the social impacts of building renovation. Afterwards, a panel debate gave the opportunity to the participants to discuss the challenges related to building renovation in terms of public health and air quality.
Renovate Italy is part of the Renovate Europe campaign, a political communication campaign advocating for a reduction of 80% of the European building stock’s energy demand. The Renovate Europe Campaign, which organised the sixth edition of its annual conference on 13 October in Brussels, is a major player in the field of energy-efficient building refurbishment in Europe.