1st Local Conference in Italy

‘Mobilize funds and know-how to save energy and money’

February 13, 2018 - Rome

Metropolitan City of Rome Capital

The main aim of the workshop was to inform representatives from public sector and local authorities as well as other local stakeholders about the ENERJ project, planned activities to be realised in the public building stock and to draft possible joint interventions, taking into the consideration present legal frame and financial incentives and funds. The organisation of the event enabled us to increase the interest of the municipalities of Roma Città Metropolitana and other stakeholders toward the project and to enhance the importance of their involvement in the project, which will consequently facilitate its successful implementation and obtainment of EU goals on energy efficiency in the building sector.

The general presentation of the project ENERJ and its activities was by Patrizia Giancotti, Department IV "Environmental Protection and Valorisation” of Roma Città Metropolitana. Arch. Giancotti stressed the importance of the ENERJ platform, which will be on-line, making available for all persons interested data on the energy situation of public buildings and local schools, providing a broad and updated framework of at least a few hundred buildings, thus giving the Municipalities the possibility to evaluate Joint Actions. The platform will also include the actions of the SEAPs elaborated in the territories of the European partners and the Good Practices collected.

Maurizio Zara, Climate Alliance Italy, presented a series of examples at the regional and national level that effectively manage to facilitate collaborations between public bodies of different levels to mobilize public resources such as the Structural Funds, finalizing them to energy efficiency measures.

The third intervention, elaborated by the Region of Lazio and presented by Patrizia Giancotti  was on the eligible interventions related to the PSR EAFRD call, 3.5 million to favor the procurement and use of energy from renewable sources for self-consumption.

The last contribution of the morning was by Sergio Zabot of the Milan Polytechnic, concerning the experience of the city of Milan with Elena funds, underlining as one of the problems the lack of technical knowledge on EPCs by small municipalities that cannot face costs for external consultants to prepare and implement complex tenders and the inadequacy of the Municipalities to comply with appropriate trade-offs between Governance improvements and the sharing of Sovereignties, necessary and implicit in Public Private Partnerships.
During the interventions, it has been pointed out that identification of new financial mechanisms and design of joint cooperation is indispensable in future steps to increase energy efficiency in buildings.

The concluding discussion concentrated on financial resources and the difficulties to get EPC projects under way.