The PrioritEE Approach to Reinforce the Capacities of Local Administrations in the Energy Management of Public Buildings
In the Mediterranean area most of the public authorities need to enhance their institutional capacity in the field of Energy Efficiency (EE) and use of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in order to contribute to the Energy Performance of Buildings and the Energy Efficiency Directives, developing solutions suited to various regional contexts. The PrioritEE project, funded by the Interreg MED programme, aims at reinforcing the capacities of public administrations in selecting and implementing eco-friendly and cost-effective energy planning measures. This paper aims to describe the main efforts carried out by local public authorities and professional institutions from five MED countries (Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Croatia) in order to reduce energy consumption and prioritize EE investments in Municipal Public Buildings (MPBs). In particular, it focuses on the methodological framework describing the main components of the proposed toolbox, the main objectives and expected outcomes but also the current achievements and the way forward.
KeywordsEnergy efficiency Innovation capacity and Awareness-Raising Municipal Public Buildings
This research was carried out in the framework of the project PrioritEE “Prioritise energy efficiency (EE) measures in public buildings: a decision support tool for regional and local public authorities” (Project Number: 1MED15_2.1_M2_205, Duration: 01/02/2017-31/07/2019). PrioritEE was funded under The Interreg MED Programme 2014-2020; Priority Axis: 2. Fostering low-carbon strategies and energy efficiency in specific MED territories: cities, islands and remote areas. We would like to thank the five partner regions on which this work is based: Karlovac County (Croatia), Municipality of Potenza (Italy), Aragón region (Spain), Lezíria do Tejo Intermunicipal Community (Portugal), and Region of Western Macedonia (Greece).
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