The INDU-ZERO project may be over, but the journey does not stop here. One clear sign of that is the strong support by the European Commission for the Smart Renovation Factory concept. At our final conference, Head of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Diderick Samson and the Dutch MEP Mohammed Chahim both expressed their support for INDU-ZERO in video messages.
The next challenge is to build the first real factory. Even with a fully-fledged concept and a compelling business case, many barriers need to be overcome.
During the project, a dealmaker’s group with German and Dutch industries came together in order to discuss how to realise the first factory. And since the project closed last year, I have been invited to Brussels several times to talk to the European Commission's departments for energy and growth, DG ENER and DG GROW, about how to promote the INDU-ZERO factory blueprint. Also, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, EuroACE, is engaging in this process.