This programme is a draft.

We care about your health and safety, therefore DecarbCities will be postponed to a later date in 2022 so that we make sure you will safely attend it. We will keep you posted on the new dates.

The main aim of the 3rd edition of DecarbCities is to fuel the ongoing debate on national and regional energy and climate plans as well as renovation strategies, as mandated by the European legislation on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building efficiency. 

Conference Day
  • 1 Mar
  • 1 Mar
Time Duration Sessions
10:00 - 10:30 0:30min


10:30 - 10:40 0:10min

Welcome words by Jürgen Czernohorszky, Executive City Councillor for Climate,  Environment, Democracy and Personnel (Vienna) 

10:40 - 11:00 0:20min

Setting the scene  Official welcome by Thomas Nowak, EHPA 

Decarb Cities revisited:  

Thomas Nowak, EHPA,  

Claire RoumetEnergy Cities 

Jürgen Czernohorszk  

11:00 - 11:30 0:30min

Keynote speech: Simonetta Sommaruga , Swiss Minister for Energy, (tbc)

11:30 - 12:30 1h

High – Level Panel Debate 1Clean is the new affordable! 

Topic: How to support the most vulnerable in the transition of the building stock on the short- and mid-term perspectives?

12:30 - 14:00 1:30min


14:00 - 15:30 1:30min

World Café 

Roundtable discussions on existing tools/best practicesfor local players to design and roll out their strategy(technologies, planning, and decision-making tools, business models, start-up ideas) 

15:30 - 16:30 1h

Debate 2

Decarbonising city quarters: let’s do it!  

This session will look at how this transition is implemented on the ground and present different models and stakeholders engagement processes of local actors to achieve ambitious goals.  The spotlight is on the “doers” – on utilities, on consumers and other local actors and their roles, needs, and contribution.  

16:30 - 17:00 0:30min

Coffee break

17:00 - 18:00 1h

Final Debate: What do we need from the EU-level? Are the proposals from the European Commission ambitious enough? 

19:00 - 21:00 2h

 Networking dinner  

Time Duration Sessions
08:30 - 09:00 0:30min


09:00 - 10:00 1h

How to develop an ambitious H&C roadmap? Inspiration from Vienna

10:00 - 11:00 1h

Match-making events on EU funding opportunities

Discover EU funding opportunities and meet other organisations willing to develop  innovative European projects on the topic you are interested in. Present your ideas  and find partners to develop it further! s

Format: Closing Panel 
12:00 - 13:00 1h

Site visit

13:30 - 14:30 1h

Farewell snack