Brussels - By invitation only

Expert Workshop: The Future is Flexibility - Smart solutions for the building sector decarbonisation and their role in system planning

RGI, with the WHY and PAC projects, partnered for an expert workshop to dive into the flexibility potential of the building sector. Unlocking flexible demand solutions would enable the twin transition to the benefit of local communities.

How can cities and municipalities implement the energy transition? Which tools and innovations are available for smartification and decarbonising at the local level? Does the residential sector have a part to play within this context? What role will flexibility have in considering the electricity grid and the entire energy system?

These are some of the questions we asked experts at the “Future is Flexibility” workshop, in co-organisation with Renewables Grid Initiative and the WHY project, and in partnership with Elia Group.

Experts - including European NGOs, TSOs, policymakers and industry representatives - shared their views on the potential of building flexibility to contribute to the energy system decarbonisation.

These actors have addressed various enabling solutions from the regulatory, technological and energy system modelling angles.

Check out the below agenda and presentations for more information!


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09:30 – 10:00

Registration and coffee

10:00 – 10:15

Welcome, agenda and the workshop’s objectives

Andrzej Ceglarz (RGI) and Michael Hunt (Elia Group)

10:15 – 10:30

Setting the Scene

Implementing the energy transition at the local level while navigating through the energy crisis

Irene Skoula (C40)

10:30 – 10:45

Enabling flexibility from future-proof decarbonised buildings

Vincent Minier (Schneider Electric – Sustainability Research Institute)

10:45 – 11:00

Methodology for identifying household electricity consumption patterns and their role in flexibility

Leire Astigarraga (Goiener) and Cruz Borges (University of Deusto) representing the WHY project

11:00 – 11:35


11:35 – 11:50

Coffee Break

11:50 – 12:05

Role of flexible grids in more flexible operation of entire power system

Alexandre Oudalov (Hitachi Energy)

12:05 – 12:20

Unlocking distributed flexibility: Elia’s role in enabling demand side flexibility​

Sebastiaan Coppenholle (Elia Group)

12:20 – 12:35

Representation of flexibility in the European grid investment planning

David Radu (ENTSO-E)

12:35 – 13:15


13:15 – 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:15

Flexible buildings in the energy future of 2040: Paris Agreement Compatible scenario & Interactive discussion

Joni Karjalainen (CAN Europe) representing the PAC project

15:15 – 15:30

Wrap-Up and Final Remarks


Andrzej Ceglarz, Amanda Schibline and Léa Hayez | RGI

Irene Skoula, Director - Energy & Buildings | C40


Vincent Minier, VP Energy Transition Research, Global Strategy and Sustainability | Schneider Electric

Cruz E. Borges and Leire Astigarraga | WHY Project


Alexandre Oudalov, Market Innovation | Hitachi Energy

Sebastiaan Coppenholle, Innovation Project Manager | Elia Group


David Radu, Power System Planning Specialist | ENTSO-E


Joni Karialainen and Dimitris Tsekeris | Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe


Participating organisations

CAN Europe



University of Deusto



Joint Research Centre (JRC)


SolarPower Europe

Renewables Grid Initiative

European Heat Pump Association (EHPA)


Schneider Electric

Goeiner / WHY project


Bellona Europe

Hitachi Energy

WHY project

C40 Cities

Open Energy Transition



Dr. Andrzej Ceglarz
Director - Energy Systems

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t: +49 30 233211014

Amanda Schibline
Manager - Socio-Energy Systems

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t: +49 30 2332 11022

Léa Hayez
Manager - Energy Systems

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