What we do
The project ENERJ took place from November 2016 to October 2019. Eleven partners in nine Mediterranean countries were active to push in their regions and EU-wide an increase in the energy efficiency in public buildings. The project’s main objective was to enhance and improve the coordination and performance of SEAPs and other Energy plans in order to achieve the EU and national targets on Energy Efficiency in public buildings through Joint Actions. A “Joint Action” in the context of improving the energy efficiency of public buildings means the grouping of a number of buildings / installations of several, typically but not necessarily neighboring, Local Administrations in one “package” lowering costs and rendering the engagement of ESCOs, for example in a tender for Energy Performance Contracting, more interesting, because of increased volume and economy of scale. While Joint Actions are quite attractive on paper they encounter many juridical, technical and cultural difficulties.
- Point of departure were context analyses in the partner regions that provided the basis for a common methodology for Joint Action on Energy Efficiency. They 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. Each partner elaborated energy audits in approximately ten buildings in their territories.
- The energy data of the audits went onto the web platform together with the Energy Efficiency 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 data available offer the opportunity to group buildings in a given area and verify if they could undergo common measures of improving their energy performance in a joint action. Another information the database provides are the SEAPs in the area of interest, the type of actions foreseen in the building sector, the status of implementation. This helps to bring together the opportunities of energy retrofitting of buildings in an area and the state of energy planning as expressed in SEAPs. The database will be online for five years after the end of the project.
- The second main activity was the training of Joint Action Coordinators, modeled along the lines of municipal energy managers. At the centre of his or her activities is 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.