RenoHUb project was presented by Zsuzsanna Koritár, managing director of the Hungarian Energy Efficiency Institute (MEHI, RenoHUb consortium partner) at the PROSPECT2030 Second International Workshop on 24th of March, 2021.

The PROSPECT2030 project is funded by the EU Interreg Central Europe Programme. It combines 18 partners from six Member States (Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Poland) and focuses on seven partner regions within these countries. The main objective of the project is to boost the capacities of the involved regions in mobilising low-carbon investments in order to be able to achieve the 2030 climate policy objectives at territorial level in a more focused and efficient way with an increased cost-effectiveness of utilising public financial resources. The outcomes of the planned activities are policy recommendations for a more efficient use of public funds at EU, national, regional and local levels, allocated to support the green economic transition within the next programming period (2021-2027), which will ultimately lead to the creation of “Sustainable Energy Regions”.

This second workshop organised by PROSPECT2030 focused on the topic of energy efficiency in buildings. Six experts from Croatia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland and Hungary shared their extensive knowledge in the field of reducing the energy use and the associated greenhouse gas emission of buildings.

Koritár presented the project concept of RenoHUb project. As she explained RenoHUb is an ongoing Horizon 2020 project in Hungary that aims to trigger the market uptake of energy retrofits in the residential sector. The project adopts the one-stop-shop model that combines the implementation of an online platform and a network of physical advisory units. Although the one-stop-shop concept was known to most participants, they were keen to learn more about specific details of the RenoHUb’s business model, and in particular about the modalities of achieving financial sustainability of the RenoHUb system beyond the project lifecycle.

From the RenoHUb’s perspective, the presentation of the CasaClima certification system by Ulrich Klammsteiner (CasaClima Agency, Italy) was regarded to be the most thought-provoking as several elements of the CasaClima concept are deemed to be adoptable in Hungary, and may possibly be assumed by RenoHUb.