Delegates from London, Madrid and Stockholm share green building ideas at European conference

Delegates from C40 cities London, Madrid and Stockholm presented their work on public building retrofits at the ninth annual ESCO Europe Conference in Copenhagen on January 23. C40 European Regional Director Cristiana Fragola moderated a panel titled "ESCO programs and procurement approaches in European cities," which generated an interactive discussion among a diverse audience of city officials, industry leaders and regulators.

The following morning delegates of the three cities, joined by representatives from Jakarta, met over a breakfast co-hosted by the City of Copenhagen to discuss their priorities and ways C40 could best support their success through its programmatic networks.

“As leader of the C40 Green Growth Network, the City of Copenhagen is committed to driving this agenda forward through dialogue with all interested and committed cities,” said Claus Bjørn Billehøj of the City of Copenhagen’s Center for Growth, Partnerships and International Affairs at the Department of Finance. “It was great to meet with representatives from London, Madrid, Stockholm and Jakarta, and learn more about the initiatives and challenges with regards to promoting sustainable development and green growth in their cities,” he added.

Gustaf Landahl, head of the Planning and Environmental Department for the City of Stockholm Environmental Administration, agreed. “Meeting with other C40 cities gave me a lot of good ideas on how we can strategically and practically work to improve the energy efficiency of our buildings.”

“Sharing green growth initiatives over two intensive days, in a friendly atmosphere, was a superb experience,” said Javier Castaño from Madrid City Council’s Energy Agency.

The conference also provided an opportunity for some delegates to work with C40 for the first time. Jake Ronay, head of the Environmental Delivery Team for the Greater London Authority, called the opportunity to meet colleagues facing similar challenges around the world “very valuable.”

“It was inspiring to see the energy and innovation of the other cities and to gain insights from them which I believe will add benefit to our work in London,” Ronay said.

Orrada Sinurat, head of Foreign Technical Cooperation for the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, hopes to develop further bilateral cooperation with C40 cities. “Since Jakarta is a developing city, we are very interested in discussing best practices with others in the C40 network.”

ESCO Europe is an annual event dedicated to energy performance contracting. Previous host cities include London, Lisbon, Berlin, and Brussels. Over 200 energy service professionals attended this year’s conference and exhibition.

C40 would like to thank Ed Butler, Conference Producer, and Synergy Clarion Events who organized the conference and supported the attendance of the C40 Cities delegates.