SP2020: Opening Session & European Green Deal call

Opening Keynotes and Event Overview

Following a welcoming statement from the event organisers, the Opening Session will offer a series of Keynote Speech aligned with the Green Deal overall context, the Renovation Wave initiative,  and the Recovery plan for Europe. Short bios and teasers of all SP20 Keynote Speakers are available on this page

An overview of the overall agenda of the conference will then be proposed including a short outline of the workshops, sessions and events scheduled over the 4 days.


Margot Pinault, European Commission
Max Schulze, SDIA
Thomas Messervey, R2M Solution

European Green Deal call | Area 4 focus

The Green Deal call will mobilise research and innovation to foster a just and sustainable societal transition aiming at ‘leaving nobody behind’. Projects are expected to deliver tangible and visible results relatively quickly and show how research and innovation can provide concrete solutions for the Green Deal main priorities.

The built environment remains a strategic research and innovation domain in view of the goal of full decarbonisation by 2050. The priority is the design and construction of new or retrofitting of existing buildings as zero-emission/zero-pollution, positive energy powerhouses within sustainable green neighbourhoods.

The two major components of this transition are:

  • designing and constructing buildings to reduce their embodied emissions and increase their energy efficient operation. Retrofitting existing buildings to improve their energy efficiency
  • energy positive buildings (producing electricity, covering their heating and cooling needs and contributing to the grid stability) with sustainable, renewable energy technologies

A focus on Green Deal call area 4: energy and resource efficient buildings will be presented by the European Commission – Margot Pinault (DG Energy) & Sylvain Robert (EASME) – in a dedicated session following the official opening of Sustainable Places. It will offer opportunities for Q&A with attendees on how to better address the expected impacts of the call.


Margot Pinault, European Commission
Sylvain Robert, European Commission
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