Smart Buildings: The Future of Energy Efficiency & Climate Action

The smarter E Podcast Episode 156 | November 9, 2023 | Language: English

Buildings account for 40 percent of energy consumption in the EU and 36 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions; heating, cooling and water heating are responsible for 80 percent of household energy consumption. The potential for saving energy and developing renewable energies is correspondingly large. In the future, smart buildings could actively participate in the energy market. They will then not only consume electricity, but also produce and share it. But there is still a long way to go before this is possible on a large scale. With the Power to Building Business Hub, the European association Eurelectric wants to contribute to faster decarbonization in the building sector.

In the podcast with Ivan-Asen Ivanov, Energy & Climate Policy Officer at Eurelectric, we talk about how buildings can contribute to a successful energy transition and what needs to be done to achieve this.


  • 02:10 Why are buildings so important for a successful energy transition? What role can they play in the future?
  • 08:14 Certainly, there are many different ways in which buildings can contribute to reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. What are the different measures?
  • 15:41 What are the biggest challenges on the path to smart and sustainable buildings? And how can we tackle them?
  • 21:25 What is the Power to Buildings Business Hub? Why is it important? Who are the members and what can they contribute?

About The smarter E Podcast

The smarter E podcast is all about the current trends and developments in a renewable, decentralized and digital energy industry. Our moderators Tobias Bücklein and Zackes Brustik welcome and interview personalities who shape our industry and drive developments forward. A new episode is published every Thursday.

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About Ivan-Asen Ivanov & Eurelectric

Eurelectric is a sector association of the European electricity industry. The association represents the European electricity sector with members in more than 32 European countries and thus bundles the representation of interests of more than 3500 companies in the areas of electricity generation, distribution and supply. Eurelectric lobbies within the framework of the energy industry and energy policy of the European Union.

Ivan-Asen Ivanov is Energy & Climate Policy Officer at Eurelectric. He is a policy analyst with a strong focus on the European Union's energy, climate and sustainability legislative initiatives.

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