ReDay Hungary

Renovate Europe Day + National Building Renovation Day
Planned date: 9 October 2024
Chief Patron: Csaba Lantos, Minister for Energy

Since 2011, the Renovate Europe Campaign (REC), an initiative of the international energy efficiency professional organisation Efficient Buildings Europe, has organised the European Renovation Day (ReDay) every year. The event, which has been organised in Brussels for more than 10 years, has been hosted by the Member State holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of Europe since last year, and ReDay 2023 will be held in the Spanish capital, Madrid. Hungary will host the 2024 event.

The Renovate Europe Campaign aims to raise awareness among European and national decision-makers about energy-efficient building renovation and the wide-ranging economic and social benefits of investing in renovation. The campaign therefore collects and shares practical experience and good examples at local, regional and national level, and provides its members with technical material and a network of contacts. Its biggest event is ReDay, held every autumn.

The Hungarian Energy Efficiency Institute (MEHI) has been working for ten years to promote the issue of national building renovation. As a partner organisation of the Renovate Europe Campaign in Hungary, it is committed to participating in the organisation of ReDay 2024 in Hungary. Our aim is to organise the Hungarian Building Renovation Day alongside the European event from this year onwards. The main theme of the large-scale, one-day conference in Hungary would be energy efficiency renovations, with a number of sub-themes to be addressed in plenary presentations and parallel sessions. We plan to organise the conference annually, as a co-event with this year’s European focus event, to help move energy efficiency up the energy policy agenda.

The importance of Madrid ReDay in October 2023 is reflected by the fact that the event was opened by the European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson. Increasing the pace and depth of building renovation has been a priority of the Spanish Presidency. After plenary presentations by high-level EU officials, the conference continued with a panel discussion focusing on the Buildings Directive, which is about to be voted on, national building renovation plans and EU funding sources for economic recovery. The conference concluded with a site visit to renovation projects in Madrid.

A couple of weeks after the event, Kadri Simson’s entire cabinet took part in a site visit to two renovation projects organised by the REC in Belgium, where she will take over the rotating presidency. By visiting the Belgian renovation projects, the Commission demonstrated the impact that EU policy – in particular the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive – can have on the performance of the energy renovation industry and on accelerating innovative solutions, while at the same time benefiting local communities and small businesses. Belgium also put renovation high on the agenda, with a week-long event, the Belgian Renovation Week, from 15-18 January, which focused on the challenges facing the EU and Belgium in renovation, the transition to sustainable buildings, material innovation, the labour market aspects of energy renovation and ways to stimulate residential renovation.

The high share of energy consumption in domestic buildings (around 40%), the poor energy performance of the building stock, the high potential for energy savings and the economic, competitiveness, social and climate protection benefits of renovation all justify the priority given by the Hungarian Presidency to boost energy efficiency renovation. Without a wave of domestic renovation – around 130,000 homes per year – the 2050 climate neutrality target will not be achieved.

The event is an official partner event of the Presidency of the European Union and is planned to take place at the recently renewed Gellért Campus of the Corvinus University of Budapest (1118 Budapest, Ménesi út 5.).