Why & How

The public buildings sector represents 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. Well targeted projects are needed to activate the existing potentials and close the gap. ENERJ is one of them.

ENERJ supported local governments in achieving energy efficiency targets in their own municipal building stock through joint actions in a multi-level governance approach. It did so by focussing on the juridical, technical and economic conditions for successful joint actions (bundling), by raising consciousness as to their added value and proposing procedures for simplifying decision-making, designing and implementing pilot actions.

The joint actions were promoted in the various territorial realities by qualified Joint Action Coordinators trained in the context of the project, who now are providing advisory services and technical support.
An ENERJ platform contains the actions of the municipalities involved and more generally also offers resources for the implementation of local energy plans, in particular Sustainable Energy Plans. It highlights best practices and serves as a “meeting place” for local stakeholders and interested parties in general.