TU Dublin hosts European Commission REPower EU panel event

Published: 8 Feb, 2023

Building green - Energy efficient buildings


The building sector is crucial for achieving the EU's energy and environmental goals. At the same time, better and more energy efficient buildings will improve the quality of citizen's lives and alleviate energy poverty while bringing additional benefits, such as health and better indoor comfort levels, green jobs, to the economy and society.

Buildings are one of the largest sources of energy consumption in Europe. Boosting their energy efficiency would cut emissions, tackle energy poverty, reduce people's vulnerability to energy prices and support the economic recovery and job creation.

The European Commission Representation in Ireland is hosting a panel discussion on the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which is part of the Commission's “Fit for 55” proposals to deliver on the European Green Deal and the European Climate Law, with leading experts in the field. This discussion will focus on the challenges to achieve the 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation objectives, and how these may be addressed at national and EU level.

This will be a hybrid event, hosted at TU Dublin’s Tallaght campus, on Thursday 9 March from 17.00 – 18.45. The event is free and all attendees both online and in person will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with the panellists after the discussion.

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Date: Thursday, 9 March, 17:30-18:45pm

Location: Tallaght campus, room 001

Format: In-person and live-streamed

Tickets: Secure in-person and online tickets here


Meet the panel:

Moderator: Tim Hayes, Head of Communication at the European Commission Representation in Ireland

Tim is an experienced moderator who has moderated the majority of RePowerEU events so far in colleges across Ireland. He has specific knowledge of the RePowerEU plan and of the public consultation on the reform of the European Union's electricity market design to better protect consumers from excessive price volatility, support their access to secure energy from clean sources, and make the market more resilient.


John Burgess, Associate Director at Arup, Energy Management, Building Engineering

Dr. Ciara Ahern, Senior Lecturer Building Engineering TU Dublin and Irish Building Stock Observatory co-founder and lead

Francis Noel Duffy, Green Party TD for South West Dublin