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Summary of the GovernEE project


Problems addressed by GovernEE:
poor energy management
lack of energy efficiency (EE) and                                                ¦ in public and historic buildings
insufficient use of renewable energy sources (RES)

The special focus on historic buildings is important as little progress has been made in this respect, although it is a crucial problem in most European cities. The fact that public institutions are often located in historic buildings makes this problem relevant for decision-makers themselves. Fossil fuels heating these buildings are expensive and further difficulties arise from the complexity of regulations that need to be complied with and also from possible social implications.

How can GovernEE help? GovernEE aims at rationalising energy use of public buildings, with a special focus on historic buildings, by approaching the problem from the point of view of good governance:

  • Strengthen the responsibilities of policy makers and the wider public regarding energy efficiency;
  • Incorporate energy efficiency measures into decision-making processes of municipalities by promoting a cross-sectoral approach;
  • Strengthen policy makers’ planning competences by developing integrated urban development plans prioritising energy efficiency goals.

What does GovernEE do? GovernEE’s cooperation is based on preliminary research, and collection of best practices and will develop a strategic toolkit tested through specifically selected pilot activities. One of them will be an ICT tool development for the monitoring and metering of energy efficiency of public buildings, while two others will test renewable energy sources, in the form of nearly invisible photovoltaic panels and building materials to be used in historic buildings. Besides, special focus will be given to training and coaching decision makers as well.

The cooperation between partners will create a Transnational Cross-sectoral Strategic Toolkit and establish a Knowledge Network ensuring the framework for successful implementation and the transferability and sustainability of project results.
The jointly prepared, implemented and evaluated pilot activities will also feed the strategic toolkit with concrete inputs.

For more information on pilot activities, please report to < Pilots & Results >

What  results to expect? GovernEE’s cooperation will improve decision-makers’ competences and their commitment towards energy-conscious approaches to urban planning, which in turn will induce enhancement of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in public buildings. Additionally GovernEE looks forward to:

  • provide input for discussion at different policy-making levels and to be used as guidance;
  • have leverage effects on the wider public’s behaviour;
  • draw more attention to historic buildings and contribute to their preservation;
  • have an impact on the development of the eco-innovation sector thanks to the connections between technological solutions and improving energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in historic buildings, which will induce employment growth in local/regional SMEs.
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This project is implemented through the Central Europe Programme co-financed by the ERDF.