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Cooltorise prepares its final event in Madrid to share lessons learned and discover experiences from urban projects

Under the theme “Summer is coming. Urban initiatives and public policies to mitigate the impact of heat” the Cooltorise project is organizing its final event in Madrid on the 23rd of May. This gathering will bring together policymakers, researchers, students, CSOs, and administration representatives to share the key findings and conclusions of the project and engage in discussions with other relevant initiatives.  

The event will be held at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid from 9 am to 4:30 pm, followed by a site visit from 5 pm to 7 pm. The event will commence with the opening and the presentation of the Health and Climate Change Observatory (Observatorio de Salud y Cambio Climático), by Hector Tejero, Head of Health and Climate Change in the Cabinet of the Minister for Health.  

Following this presentation, the Project Manager at ECODES, Javier Tobías González, who has been collaborating on political advocacy efforts and projects related to energy poverty, energy rehabilitation, and urban regeneration, will talk about the recently revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.  

Carmen Sánchez – Guevara, from the Habitat, Energy and Architecture in Transition (HEAT) group of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the project’s director, will then share the lessons learned from the Cooltorise project, leading to a discussion on policy recommendations in the first Round Table.  

European stakeholders like Eduardo de Santiago Rodríguez, Technical Advisor – Subdirectorate of Urban Policies, MITMA;  Aitana Alguacil Denche, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN); Nives della Valle, Scientific Project Officer, Joint Research Center at the European Commission; and Cecilia Foronda Diez, head of the Energy and People Area at ECODES and member of the Aliance for the housing rehabilitation to leave no one behind (AXRVSDNA), will be part of this discussion.  

After the lunch break, the second Round Table will feature presentations of innovative urban initiatives aimed at mitigating the effects of summer heat. CartujaQanat from Sevilla, EPIU from Getafe, Patios x el clima from Aragon and Valencia Clima i Energia are the four projects that will share their experiences.   

The event will conclude with an opportunity for participants to visit an outdoor intervention to create a climatic shelter made in the context of COOLTORISE project in Madrid.   

We’ll share lessons learned, discuss policy recommendations, and learn from other urban transformation initiatives. 

Register here to join us in Madrid: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CoolToRiseFinalConference2024ENG

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