International final conference - press release

Joint Actions for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Final Conference of the Interreg MED project ENERJ in the International Fair of Thessaloniki on Sept. 11, 2019

The final conference of ENERJ on September 11 in Thessaloniki brought together the partners of this Interreg MED project with a group of national and international experts to review the results obtained and put them into the larger perspective of the energy transformation in the Mediterranean. Kostas Pallas, president of the Metropolitan Council of the Region of Central Macedonia and vice-president of the lead partner of ENERJ, Anatoliki, in his introduction encouraged the audience that the energy transformation starts from the local level and it is projects like ENERJ that create the basis. These projects are needed, as was underlined by Iakovos Sarigiannis, in order to create instruments and procedures for empowering local governments to act.  “To joint together for acting on energy efficiency is fine,” remarked the director of Anatoliki, “but the merging of public entities must not mean the merging of their problems.”

To connect and to train different public authorities was the sense of the training activities in ENERJ. “Each municipality has its own way of doing things and we trained joint action coordinators to take this into account when elaborating a common project. To look also for the way, the political representatives and the technical staff collaborate” were the words of Vanja Cencič from the Slovenian energy agency GOLEA in her presentation of the training activities organized by the partners.

An interesting case study on horizontal governance was presented by the Italian architect and planner Tiziana Gallo. Her research in Fano in the Region of Marche provides the local governments, private investors, citizens and ESCOs with GIS referenced energy data on clusters of buildings for developing projects and applying for financing. The final conference concluded with the presentation of the ENERJ database by the responsible partner, the Metropolitan City of Rome Capital and its potentials also as a complementary instrument to the tool, developed in the context of the Interreg MED project SISMA and upgraded in the context of the Interreg MED project ENERJ. The one provides the energy data, the other permits calculating different scenarios of retrofitting the buildings involved to create a “package” to put into a call that will find the interest of ESCOs. The final conference of ENERJ will not be the final word. The ENERJ database will be freely accessible for the next five years to be of use for the many local entities whose data have been and will be inserted there to move ahead one of the most important fields of action for energy transformation – energy efficiency in the building sector.

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All the presentations are available online