First stakeholder meeting of the 2nd SRI study:
On 26 March 2019 the first stakeholder meeting of the second technical study supporting the development of a Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) for buildings took place at the Albert Borschette Congress Centre in Brussels. The meeting was attended by 120 participants from 26 countries – as well as the numerous stakeholders who followed the webstream.
The presentation displayed during the plenary session of the stakeholder meeting and the minutes are available under milestones and documents.
A brief summary of the discussions:
The meeting was opened by Ms. Claudia Canevari (Acting Head of Unit C3 in DG Energy of the EC), who highlighted the role of buildings in the clean energy transition and the importance of digitalization and of the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) to achieve these targets. She stressed that the development of the SRI will follow an open and transparent process and that the contributions of stakeholders are much appreciated.
- Mr. Stijn Verbeke (VITO/EnergyVille), coordinator of the technical study consortium, welcomed the stakeholders, and introduced the team and aims of the study, as well as the agenda for the day.
- Policy officer Mr. Sylvain Robert (Unit C3 of EC DG Energy) explained the next steps in the policy making process, in view of the adoption of the SRI legal acts by mid-2020.
- The study team briefly reminded the outcomes of the first study and recommended to get acquainted with these, referring in particular to the executive summary available on the website: https://smartreadinessindicator.eu/1st-technical-study-outcome
- Mr. Paul Waide (WSEE) presented eight guiding questions, and related key performance indicators, to track progress throughout the study.
- The workplan of the second technical study was presented by Mr. Paul Waide (WSEE) and Mr. Glenn Reynders (VITO/EnergyVille).
- Ms Dorien Aerts (VITO/EnergyVille), who will be the main contact point for the stakeholders, presented the various ways stakeholders can interact with the study team. Amongst others, the study team foresees an open testing phase during which stakeholders may voluntarily test and apply the SRI calculation methodology to buildings of their choice. This testing phase will start tentatively in September 2019, and more information will be made available in due course.
- The study team presented the working assumptions of the study, based on the feedback from stakeholders collected during the first study, and highlighted those aspects that will require particular attention: e.g. weighting used to derive aggregated scores and possible SRI assessment types approaches (e.g. light online quick-scan versus expert assessment).
- The conclusions of the stakeholder survey performed before the meeting was presented and discussed, in relation to the working assumptions of the study.
- The meeting concluded with an open discussion with the stakeholders, who gave constructive feedback on a variety of topics, e.g. about the reliability of the SRI, the calculation methodology, and about potential links to other schemes and initiatives. This feedback will be more detailed in the meeting minutes and the study team will further process it in the next steps of the study.