The final conference of the EmBuild project, “Energy Efficient Buildings: Plan. Invest. Renovate!” took place in Belgrade, Serbia on 7 June 2018.

Some 120 participants from 13 countries participated in the final conference, learning about the outcomes of the EmBuild project, hearing best practices in building renovation and development of local plans, and being motivated to implement similar actions by using various tools that can facilitate the formulation of these plans.

The conference was opened by Mr. Stephan Heieck, Head of the GIZ project Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Serbia. Ms. Ivanka Popović, Rector of University of Belgrade, Ms. Jovanka Atanacković, Assistant Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure in Serbia and Mr. Stevica Deđanski, State Secretary of the Ministry of Mining and Energy of Serbia.

The conference discussions were organized around four topics:

  • Setting the scene – the importance of renovation strategies for the building sector
  • Planning locally – Examples from municipalities
  • Investing effectively
  • Capturing the wider benefits


The conference was organized in cooperation with Energy Community Secretariat, as a Workshop following the Energy Efficiency Coordination Group meeting. Also, the conference was recognized as Energy Day and organized as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week.

EmBuild project receives funding from the Horizon 2020 European Union Research and Innovation Programme. More information the project, its achievements and events are available at