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IVECF Solution Event: High wellbeing with low energy demand towards modern net-zero cities (03.11.2023, 9:45-10:45, Rittersaal Hofburg, Vienna)

Topic: The buildings sector exerts significant impacts on climate, accounting for 40% of energy consumption, 33% of greenhouse gas emissions, 30% of raw material consumption and 40% of waste generation worldwide, and becomes the prime emitter of greenhouse gases when taking into account embodied energy of construction materials.

The aim of the session was to identify pathways to a just net-zero society through solutions for urban transformation, decarbonization and reducing energy demand in the building sector. Austrian best practices were illustrated that could be widely adopted and lead to the desired future prospects. In addition to technical and systematic solutions, the focus was also placed on social aspects by presenting non-profit housing projects in Vienna. The refurbishment programmes represent effective measures that can contribute to achieving energy efficiency and resilience, decarbonisation and sustainability goals. The renovation measures also have positive secondary effects, such as improving living standards and inclusion of social solutions.

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Renewable hydrogen and cooperation opportunities between the EU and other world regions (19.10.2022, 15:00-17:30, virtual Meeting)

Topic: Renewable hydrogen production in Africa and other world regions for local and export markets could help reduce the costs of production through scaling up and learning-by-doing effects. As part of REPowerEU, the EU hydrogen accelerator aims at increasing the production of renewable hydrogen both in the EU and worldwide to replace imported Russian gas.

The objective of this workshop is to discuss the status of the development of renewable hydrogen in Africa and other world regions, specifically for exports towards the EU, and the challenges and opportunities ahead. It will also address building blocks of cooperation strategies between EU Member States and other world regions for hydrogen production, export and domestic use.

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Young Women and Green Skills (20.09.2022, 15:00-17:00, virtual meeting)

Topic: The shortage of skilled workers is one of the greatest challenges for the energy transition. There is a greater need for action to develop young women as qualified workforce in the energy sector. For this, they need new career paths.
The aim of the workshop is to discuss ways to increase the involvement of young women in the field of renewable energy. We want to learn from the experiences of organisations in Austria and abroad.

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