On Thursday 17 June 2021, the Efficient Buildings Community closed its Digital Days. The event was held online across two weeks, between 7 and 17 June, and it was composed of three “policy sessions” and six “capacity building workshops”. The Digital Days received quite a bit of attention from the audience from around the Mediterranean shores and neighboring countries. All in all, more than 200 people registered to the different sessions, with an average registration rate of 120 per individual session.

The Policy Sessions

The first policy session opened the series with a lively debate on the future role of the building sector in the post-covid recovery.

After the welcome from both the Efficient Buildings Community and the European Commission, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister for the Environment and Climate Action of Portugal, gave a speech on the strategic dimension of decarbonization in Europe, from the privileged perspective of the Portuguese presidency of the European Council. Two debates followed: the first one about the local and transnational perspective of the energy transition pathway outlined by the Minister; the second one about post-covid recovery with contributions and insights from municipalities, regions and parliaments from different Mediterranean Member States.

On the 8th of June, the second policy session focused on the financial aspect of the recovery.

An unprecedented amount of resources is made available from the public sector, but this calls for an unprecedented responsibility. As reminded by Mariangiola Fabbri, from the BPIE, the transformation of the building sector requires long-term perspectives that shall be matched with the urgency of the recovery. The following panel highlighted the importance of the local contracting authorities (whose involvement was limited in the development of the national recovery plans) for the implementation of the recovery plans. The final panel opened a lively debate on the need for private finance and on the role of the public sector in stimulating its involvement, from technical assistances to subsidies and from standardization to public-private partnerships.


The third policy session, held on the 9th of June, was devoted to the relationship between the Northern, Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Grammenos Mastrojeni, Senior Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, opened the session reminding the transboundary environmental risks across the Mediterranean and the need for coordinated actions and knowledge sharing. Then, representatives from local authorities from the Northern, Southern and Eastern shores presented their activities in the framework of the Efficient Buildings City Partnership. Finally, during the session the Efficient Buildings Community and the EU-funded meetMED project virtually signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to create synergies and increase knowledge-sharing around the Mediterranean.


The Capacity Building Workshops

To put the sharing of knowledge into practice, the Efficient Buildings Community organized a series of six Capacity Building Workshops, to showcase the digital solutions developed by the Community.

The first workshop (7 June) presented the integrated tools for the development of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan within the Covenant of Mayor.

The second one (8 June) trained participants on STEPPING Simulation Tool and its guidelines for energy performance contracting.

The third workshop (9 June) was dedicated to IMPULSE Tool for the prioritization of building renovation and to its management system for the development of renovation strategies.

During the second week, the Community organized a fourth workshop (15 June) on PrioritEE Toolbox, for the prioritization of energy efficiency measures, a fifth workshop (16 June) on SISMA SET, a tool to calculate the amount of subsides needed to make a project bankable; and a sixth and final workshop (17 June) on TEESCHOOLS webtool and EduFootprint calculator to support school building owners in planning refurbishment measures.

In the end, the Efficient Buildings Digital Days shed a light on three relevant political topics and offered practical solutions and concrete examples of how the Mediterranean local authorities can contribute to the common objectives of the policies in these fields. The nine sessions raised the interest of people from around the Mediterranean basin: a first movement to start the Mediterranean renovation wave of the energy efficiency of public buildings.


To catch up, the recordings of the sessions are available on the Efficient Buildings’ website :



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