Simplification of procedures need to be combined with trust and efficient monitoring
The ENERJ conference “Knowledge and Experiences for Energy Efficiency” (within Activity 3.3 ‘Joint Action Implementation’) on February 14, 2018 hosted by the Metropolitan City of Rome Capital saw also the presentation of the Interreg MED projects SHERPA and SISMA, showing the encompassing approach of the Efficient Buildings Community. In a complex and difficult field of activity each project is confronting a specific area of improving the energy performance, particularly in the Public buildings sector.
The following four presentations shed light on different aspects of local governments implementing energy efficiency. An important framework of reference are the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) elaborated in the context of the Covenant of Mayors 2030; Maria Guerrieri and Maurizio Zara from Climate Alliance Italy presented the activities in the Metropolitan City of Rome Capital and the general dynamics in this phase of this important EU initiative. The financial support instruments at the disposal of local governments were illustrated by Natascia Falcucci from GSE, the public national energy service company which manages more than 20 incentive mechanisms for promoting sustainable energy. She could show that between national and European funds there is a lot of financial support to be tapped. Alessandro Federici from ENEA used the data of his national agency from the demands for tax reduction by private investors in energy efficiency to show the dynamics of these activities in the Metropolitan City of Rome Capital. The energy manager of the town of Albano Laziale, Maurizio Buonavita, reported on the challenges and difficulties to use the incentives and instruments at the disposal of local governments. Too much bureaucracy, too few data and ever less staff make it difficult to grasp the opportunities out there.
The lively debate at the end of the morning saw many questions as to the details of financial support and many confirmations of the lament of the energy manager of Albano Laziale as to the difficulty of using that support. Procedures need to be simplified and more trust needs to be combined with efficient monitoring.
In the afternoon, the 4th Focus Group was held with the involvement of local Stakeholders.