On the 11th of December 2019, the European Commission presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all. Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our times.
Accelerating investments into sustainable energy and climate adaptation is crucial to keep the promise allowing to ensure a climate-neutral Europe in the long-term and to prepare our cities and regions for the current and future impacts of climate change.
The Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place events (EEFMP) were originally organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises with the objectives to offer concrete capacity building and allow for a transfer and replication of innovative and tested models to finance sustainable energy, through in-depth presentations by successful projects funded under Intelligent Energy Europe, H2020 Energy Efficiency and ELENA (managed by the EIB). The Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place has been a cornerstone of the Sustainable Energy Investment Forum initiative.
In more recent years, the concept has evolved: in 2018 the Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place was organised back to back with the Covenant of Mayors Ceremony, in concertation with the Directorate General for Energy and the Directorate General for Climate Action,becoming the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum - Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place. The organisation of the event took advantage of those synergies and included a climate adaptation component, featuring also projects from the LIFE programme.
In 2019 and 2020, the event continued to highlight successful projects from H2020 and LIFE programmes, but reached further out to the European programme landscape and featured projects from the European Energy Efficiency Fund (managed by Deutsche Bank), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Innovation Partnership – Smart Cities and Communities together with some national and local initiatives. The 2020 edition attracted over 650 participants from more than 34 countries, representing local and regional authorities, national governments, international organisations, the industrial and building sectors, financial institutions, consultancies, research institutes and NGOs. It was the biggest edition in terms of attendance.
The 2021 edition will build on the successful previous editions. It will include 42 breakout sessions divided into six thematic strands:
1) Driving change locally: sustainable plans and strategies for the energy transition
2) Financing Energy Efficiency in the public sector
3) Renovation Wave: Boosting investments in Home Renovation
4) Innovative solutions to finance energy efficiency and renewables
5) Public Investments in climate change adaptation innovation
6) Discussion Forums: supporting the energy transition
The event will also include an institutional opening, a marketplace with over 15 institutional stands, networking facilities and much more.