International ZEROCO2 Conference in Ptuj (Slovenia)

We have the honor to invite all interested public on the 21st - 22nd March 2018 to the International ZEROCO2 Conference in Ptuj (Slovenia) 

The conference will be an opportunity to bring together organisations from the public and private sector across the EU advocating the creation of near zero emission buildings with the transition to low-carbon economy. The conference will be a fantastic opportunity for a dialogue with other likeminded organisations who face similar challenges with reduction of CO2 emissions in the built environment.    

Partners of the ZEROCO2 project believe that the key to sustainable living and reduction of emissions are indeed zero emission buildings. The conference will introduce the zero emission buildings concept, their benefits for the environment, as well as their cost-effectiveness with different technology options that are offered in order to create the conditions of policy change to make ZEROC02 buildings a reality. We believe the participation of policy makers will make the difference between successful and unsuccessful implementation of zero emission buildings, therefore, the participation of different organisations (from privet to public) is strongly appreciated.    

ZEROCO2 is creating this conference to exchange experiences in how to shape our policy instruments to promote zero emission buildings with a special emphasis on greening the building sector, environmental sustainability and mitigation of climate change risk. The conference will be a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and draw inspiration from key field actors from all over Europe. Presenters have been sought and secured from a variety of European Organisations and locations in order to make this a truly dynamic conference that delivers direction in policy change, with respect to reducing Building’s CO2 emissions.    

Links have been provided below for information on our organisations event and the event registration.    

The conference will be conducted in English and is free of charge.  


Wednesday 21.3.2018 

13.00 – 13.30   Registration 
13.30 – 13.40   Welcome by the Mayor of the Municipality of Ptuj 
13.40 – 13.50   Welcome by director of Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje 
13.50 – 14.10   ZEROCO2 project, what is all about? (Tea O. Potocnik - LEA Spodnje Podravje, Slovenia) 
14.10 – 14.30   What are ZEROCO2 buildings and benefits of creating one (Ioannis Vourdoubas - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece) 
14.30 – 14.50   Case study – transition of one building into a zero CO2 emission building due to energy use (Charles Yousif – University of Malta) 
14.50 – 15.20   Where is EU going in the energy field, what are the set targets (EU level representatives) 
15.20 – 15.40  S3 Partnership on sustainable buildings (LEAG – partner of S3 Partnership)   
15.40 - 16.00   Coffee break 
16.00 – 17.30   How are the policy makers implementing the EU directive? (Ministry for Infrastructure from Slovenia, Finnish Ministry of Environment, other policy makers). ? Presenters:
- Ministry for Infrastructure from Slovenia (Erik Potočar),
- Building Regulation Office – Malta (Carmelo Barbara),
- expert from MOTIVA – Finland (Harri Heinaro),
- representative from PACA region – France,
- representative from Region of Crete - Greece, etc.
17.30 – 18.00 What are the market needs in relation to the reduction of emissions in buildings and energy efficiency (Nick Lyth, Green Angel Syndicate – UK)
18.30        Dinner at the location  

Thursday 22.3.2018 

9.30 – 10.00   Municipality of Güssing – good example of Municipality becoming self-sufficient and reaching zero emissions
10.00 - 10.20  Experimentation E+ /C- (French experiment for reducing building’s greenhouse gas emissions) (expert Nicolas Cabassud from CEREMA – France)
10.20 - 10.30  Sustainable Use of Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency in Rural Regions - RURES (Maja Bratk, Medjimurje Energy Agency Ltd.from Croatia)
10.30 – 11.10   Action plans - how to implement ZEROCO2 buildings in to the regional/national policies? (Lea Hämäläinen, Thermopolis, Finland)   
11.10 – 11.40   Good practice examples identified by ZEROCO2 partnership (Candice le Tourneur, AViTEM, France)
11.34 – 12.00   Coffee break 
12.00 – 13.30   Panel discussion – what we have learned, how we will reach the foreseen target – reduction of CO2 emission in EU (with the help of ZEROCO2 buildings), moderated by Chris Ashe (European Institute for Innovation)
13.20 – 13.30   Closing of the conference 
13.30   Light Lunch