Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund
The public buildings sector has an enormous potential for energy savings. However, in the last years the retrofitting rate in the building sector has been far too low, and public buildings are no exception.
The activities of the ENERJ project aim at supporting local governments in achieving energy efficiency targets in their own municipal building stock through joint actions in a multi-level governance approach. Joint actions are intended as multiple local authorities joining forces for implementing their energy retrofit goals at centralised level, optimising resources and boosting effectiveness.
ENERJ focuses on the juridical, technical and economic conditions for successful joint actions, by raising consciousness as to their added value and proposing procedures for simplifying decision-making, designing and implementing pilot actions.
The project activities
Eleven partners in nine Mediterranean countries are active to increase in their regions and EU-wide energy efficiency in public buildings.
- Context analyses in the partner regions provide the basis for a common methodology for Joint Action on Energy Efficiency. It will contain the foreseen efficiency measures in existing energy plans (SEAPs), financing schemes and a selection of buildings in each partner region that will undergo energy audits.
- The energy data of the audits will go onto the web platform together with the EE measures already adopted by the municipalities, a methodology on how to design and implement joint actions and guidance on financing strategies. The collaborative platform is one of the two main strategies of ENERJ.
- The second one is the Joint Action Coordinator, modelled along the lines of the municipal energy managers. At the centre of his or her activities will be to liaise with authorities at the local and district level and to develop supra-municipal interventions with an adequate project design, mobilization of EU structural and other funds and the involvement of ESCOs and other stakeholders. The project will organize trainings for joint action coordinators.
ENERJ will concentrate on the acceleration of energy retrofits of public buildings in the partner regions as already foreseen in the SEAPs or other energy plans of participating municipalities and towns. It will sustain the implementation of planned measures introducing as supportive elements the web platform and will facilitate joint actions through the joint actions coordinator that should make the measures more attractive also for private investors. The project will review and adapt the wide range of existing innovative financing tools and strategies to the needs of the stakeholders. The wider geographical scale (district level / joint SEAPs) and the active involvement of key stakeholders will seek cost-effective structural interventions.
- Anatoliki S.A. - Development Agency of Eastern Thessaloniki’s Local Authorities (Greece)
- GOLEA - Goriška Local Energy Agency (Slovenia)
- FAMP - Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (Spain)
- Albania Ministry of Energy and Industry (Albania)
- IRENA - Istrian Regional Energy Agency L.t.d. (Croatia)
- Cyprus Energy Agency (Cyprus)
- Climate Alliance Italy (Italy)
- Gozo Development Agency – Gozo Regional Committee (Malta)
- AREANATejo - Regional Energy and Environment Agency from North Alentejo (Portugal)
- Metropolitan City of Capital Rome (Italy)
- Intermunicipal Community of High Alentejo (Portugal)