Join us for the 8th edition of Sustainable Places!
27 - 30 October 2020 | Digital Event

Europe’s #1 destination for dissemination of research, collaboration, networking and the creation of market opportunities. 
The 3-month countdown begins until the digital Sustainable Places 2020 conference!
With 20 workshops and over 90 project contributions, the list of collaborators is growing!
We are extremely proud to open the conference with a session on the European Green Deal Calls given by members of the European Commission (details below).
Enclosed is the general conference agenda, workshop announcements, registration details, and an introduction of the technical content to be provided by the SP2020 'Green Sponsor' SDIA the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance. 
The SP2020 call for proposals remains open until 13 September, at which point the detailed conference agenda will be finalised.
Looking forward to digitally welcoming you at SP2020 in October!
All details on Thematic Sessions and Workshops contact info can be found on the SP2020 "Workshops and Events" page.

The SP2020 Organisation Committee

SP2020 Conference Agenda:
An opening session will be organised on Tuesday October 27th 2020 to launch the event. Workshops will span 4 days, clustered thematically. A closing session chaired by the European Commission will be held on Friday October 30th 2020It will present an executive summary of the discussion held over the 4-day course of SP2020.

In related news:

SP2020: Opening Session & European Green Deal call

Opening Keynotes and Event Overview
Following a welcoming statement from the event organisers, the Opening Session will offer a series of Keynote Speech aligned with the Green Deal overall context, the Renovation Wave initiative, and the Recovery plan for Europe. Short bios and teasers of all SP20 Keynote Speakers are available on this page.
An overview of the overall agenda of the conference will then be proposed including a short outline of the workshops, sessions and events scheduled over the 4 days.
European Green Deal call | Area 4 focus
The Green Deal call will mobilise research and innovation to foster a just and sustainable societal transition aiming at ‘leaving nobody behind’. Projects are expected to deliver tangible and visible results relatively quickly and show how research and innovation can provide concrete solutions for the Green Deal main priorities.
The built environment remains a strategic research and innovation domain in view of the goal of full decarbonisation by 2050. The priority is the design and construction of new or retrofitting of existing buildings as zero-emission/zero-pollution, positive energy powerhouses within sustainable green neighbourhoods.
The two major components of this transition are:
  • designing and constructing buildings to reduce their embodied emissions and increase their energy efficient operation. Retrofitting existing buildings to improve their energy efficiency
  • energy positive buildings (producing electricity, covering their heating and cooling needs and contributing to the grid stability) with sustainable, renewable energy technologies
A focus on Green Deal call area 4: energy and resource efficient buildings will be presented by the European Commission – Margot Pinault (DG Energy) & Philippe Moseley (EASME) – in a dedicated session following the official opening of Sustainable Places. It will offer opportunities for Q&A with attendees on how to better address the expected impacts of the call.
Recent SP2020 Announcements
“Sustainable Digital Infrastructure" session
The SDIA (Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance) will host a track on opportunity of creating net-positive digital infrastructure. As one of the key topics on the European agenda, it combines the Digitalisation, Climate Protection, Data Souveranity of the new presidency.
In this track we will explore the various opportunities from heating districts and greenhouses with data centers, to using digital infrastructure as energy-flexibility systems and how the emerging European computing infrastructure will look like. We will demonstrate that the digital economy creates a viable & needed opportunity for sustainable digital infrastructure.
“Smart Cities & Communities” workshop
Six EU funded projects of MAKING-CITY (session chair), +CityxChangePOCITYFENERGEMATCHUP and ATELIER together with session chair GBCe (Green Building Council España) are participating in the "Smart Cities and Communities" workshop.
This SP2020 workshop aims at presenting and discussing different tools and approaches of how to improve the collaboration between different people, businesses and organisations in a smart city community when deploying innovative energy concepts like Positive Energy Districts. In addition, the question of how to take into account secondary benefits against pay-back times of interventions, for public authorities or for economic actors will be discussed. 
"Flexibility 2.0: Demand Response & Self Consumption" workshop
This workshop will foster knowledge transfer between several EU projects, each developing innovative solutions within the field of demand response, energy flexibility and optimised synergies between actors of the built environment and the power grid. 
In this workshop, five Horizon 2020 projects of TABEDE, HOLISDER, eDREAM, DRIvE, ebalanceplus will present and benchmark their research on demand response and self-consumption based on the prosumer of Europe’s low carbon future.
"Innovative Solutions Supporting the NZEB renovation" workshop
This workshop will highlight how the renovation wave can be boosted through structured and holistic approaches which have been implemented through four different H2020 Projects with the use of specifically developed innovative solutions which will support and accelerate the NZEB renovation in Europe. All projects present not only new technological solutions, but also innovative ways to address some of the known barriers for the wide implementation of renovation recommendations across Europe, especially in the residential sector. 
"Innovative Solutions Supporting the NZEB renovation" will bring together four selected H2020 EU-funded projects of REZBUILD, ReCO2ST, HEART and RenoZEB on the same topic.
"Sustainable Housing Supporting Health & Well-being" workshop
The objective of this new workshop is to bring together six of EU-supported initiatives which are developing innovation solutions for supporting the development of investment in sustainable housing that improves health and well-being of its occupants.
Homes4Life, TeNDER, SHAFE, Hands-on-SHAFE, NET4AGE-FRIENDLY and AGE’IN together with TECNALIA (workshop chair) will present their research, as well as discuss and benchmark potential challenges that they face together.
"Energy Communities in Practice:
The What's and the How's" workshop
This workshop aims to deliver initial results on the above questions as they have been learnt from the experience of the below H2020 sister projects on energy islands.
COMPILE, iELECTRIX, MERLON and MUSE GRIDS accompanied by Rina Consulting and Hypertech (workshop chairs) will give a presentation on their findings about the same topic.

"Sustainable Digital Tools for All Energy Actors" workshop
The objective of this workshop is to present the ICT tools developed in these H2020 project that will increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies. Each project will present the digital tools developed in order to provide ICT services and functionalities to the different actors of the energy value chain, which will make them more sustainable and efficient. FLEXCoop, Holisder, Synergy, and Flexgrid are the participating H2020 projects in this workshop and they will be acompanied by X-FLEX as the chair during their presentations.
"Peer 2 peer energy trading platform for European energy communities" workshop
Europe’s next generation of energy communities is becoming reality. Although local power generation by renewable sources is increasing, it has not yet had a real impact on radical decarbonisation of the energy sector. Changes need to be made by unlocking the potential of the prosumer with novel business models that can help organise & significantly boost renewable energy production & distribution at a local level in line with prosumer and community needs, through peer2peer (P2P) energy trading platforms and virtual power plants (VPPs) that enable and empower (local) energy communities.
This workshop will bring together experiences and innovative approaches from Interreg and NRG2peers EU-funded projects along with HUYGEN, the workshop chair, to better understand what is needed to empower energy communities.
"Circular Economy for the Built Environment" workshop
The Circular Economy for the Built Environment session will bring together innovative commercial companies to present their solutions for energy-efficient buildings including acoustics, insulation, and sustainable materials. Details shortly to follow, and please do not hesitate to reach out to the chair if you are interested in speaking during this workshop.
Interface and Rockfon will present their commercially available solutions, as well as discuss and benchmark potential challenges that they face together.
"BIPV - Building Integrated Photovoltaics" session
This SP2020 session features presentations and roundtables involving several H2020 projects which are contributing to develop disruptive BIPV applications, to trigger the penetration of BIPV in the building sector, and to contribute to the creation of new opportunities and the diversification of the European PV manufacturing industry.
The session is divided into four main slots, each covering a topic by relevant contributing projects, followed by statements and conclusions by workshop chairs and participating projects.
  1. How to to trigger BIPV penetration in the building sector
  2. Close-to-market BIPV solutions demonstrated on pilot buildings in Europe
  3. Next generation non-intrusive transparent BIPV solutions
  4. Historical buildings – a promising market for BIPV?
"Renewable Heating & Cooling Solutions for Buildings & Industry" workshop
This workshop will bring together a selection of H2020 EU-funded projects involving experts from the biomass, geothermal, solar thermal and heat pump sectors to discuss a common strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling for buildings and industry.
The workshop is divided into four main slots, each covering a topic by relevant contributing projects, followed by statements and conclusions by European Commission representative and workshop chairs.
  1. RHC for industrial applications
  2. Storage solutions for RHC support in buildings
  3. Innovative solutions for RHC deployment in buildings
  4. Demonstration actions for RHC in buildings
SP2020 Registration
The “Speakers & Panelists rate” gives access to the full online series of events, for our attendees presenting technical papers, showing project posters, organizing and participating in clustering workshops. It will allow full audio access as well as screen / presentation sharing capabilities during the event.
The “Non-presenting attendee rate” is available to those that want to discover and participate in the event but are not presenting scientific contributions. It will allow interacting with speakers & panelists through the Questions Pane, live polls and surveys of the GoToWebinar system (microphone muted, audio listening only).
All registered speakers will be contacted directly for a dry-run to learn the GoToWebinar platform, detailed instructions shortly to follow.
All prices include 20% VAT. The prices below are the final prices to be paid in the online registration system.
SP2020 is organized by:
French alternative energy and atomic energy Commission

National Institute of Solar Energy
R2M Solution

University Savoie Mont Blanc
Graduate School Solar Academy

Polytech Annecy Chambery
SP2020 is sponsored by:
SDIA (Green Sponsor)
The SDIA - Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance e.V. - is an inter-industry association enabling collaboration in sustainable, zero impact digital infrastructure that is accessible to the next-generation of innovators. The SDIA strives to bring together companies, individuals and governments to advocate and realize key initiatives such as heat-reuse, smarter power consumption and efficient use of resources.
ENGIE Lab (Silver Sponsor)
ENGIE Lab CRIGEN, part of the ENGIE Labs network, is ENGIE Group’s corporate center for R&D and high-level expertise devoted to new energy resources (hydrogen, biogas and gas liquefaction), new energy uses in towns and cities, the buildings and industries of tomorrow and emerging technologies (computer sciences and Al, drones and robots, nanotechnologies and sensors).
IREC (Silver Sponsor)
IREC, the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research - was created to contribute to the objective of creating a more sustainable future for energy usage and consumption, keeping in mind the economic competitivity and providing society with the maximum level of energy security.
SolarWin (Silver Sponsor)
Receiving a grant by the EU Fast Track to Innovation program (FTI), SolarWin is a project aiming to scale-up and validate next-generation transparent Photovoltaic (PV) windows for commercial use and mass-production by 2021.
BuildUp (Media Partner)
The BUILD UP initiative was established by the European Commission in 2009 to support EU Member States in implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The BUILD UP web portal is intended to reap the benefits of Europe's collective intelligence on energy reduction in buildings for all relevant audiences. It will bring together new practitioners and professional associations while motivating them to exchange best working practices and knowledge and to transfer tools and resources.
Sponsorship opportunities
Sponsors may elect a general (green or silver) sponsorship. We welcome industrials to get involved in the support of this event and platform. All sponsors will be featured in SP2020 website, newsletters and conference dissemination material.

Please contact us at to learn about sponsorship opportunities.
Publication opportunities
Buildings (peer-reviewed)
Should contributors wish to be considered for a full-length (7-9 pages) journal submission, they should check the appropriate CfP application option.
SP2019 Buildings issue
Proceedings (not peer-reviewed)
All contribution types (e.g. posters, workshops, presentations, etc.) can write a 4-6 page summary to be included in the SP2020 Proceedings edition.
SP2019 Proceedings edition