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Home Our News Policy recommendations to improve energy efficiency of public buildings

The Cross-sectoral Policy Recommendations and the Policy Recommendations regarding Historic Building Blocks are core out­puts of GovernEE. They set out a series of requirements regarding the appropriate administrative, legal and financial frameworks enabling an effective decision-making and planning processes on energy efficiency (EE) and the use of renewable energy sources (RES) for public heating systems.

The cross-sectoral Recommendations present an efficient joint proposal to address a common European challenge and aim to assist policy- and decision makers in taking operational measures to support effective planning. The key questions are how EE in heating could be improved in historic buildings and what measures should be taken to bridge legislative gaps in this domain. This latter, i.e. overcoming legal bottlenecks, is a highly crucial issue to be addressed when dealing with energy related decisions.

Proposals are formulated on all relevant policy levels, European, national and local, of the public sector as a main energy consumer. The operation of Public Administrations (PA) often involves a building stock with historic dwellings and thus with inefficient heating systems. For them, initiatives in the field of EE and RES are of primary importance. Also, policy-makers in the public sector, in muni­cipal institutions in particular, have a pivotal role in highlighting energy matters in relation to sustainable urban development and in setting good examples. In this respect, GovernEE paves the way for the improvement of the decision-making process and competen­ce-planning, as well as the awareness-raising and commitment of policy-makers on all levels. These are important aspects of good governance, which is the overarching goal of GovernEE.



European level policy recommendations

• Adoption of new Directives aiming to harmonize how EE and RES solutions can be exploited in historic buildings and to emphasize further the roles of Public Authorities in this respect

• Creating dedicated funds and launching field-specific calls/tenders

• Financing research at EU level in order to find tailor-made applications for historic buildings


National level policy recommendations

• Adoption of new regulations by the respective Ministries responsible for Cultural Heritage in consultation with the Cultural Heritage Offices / Conservation Departments based on a participatory process

• Financing national level research on tailor-made solutions for historic buildings

• Development and promotion of the „Energy Performance Contract” (EPC) which is an innovative and cost-efficient financing technique

• Development of dedicated funds, instruments, incentives and subsidies applied to cultural heritage building renovation projects (e.g. progressive tax credits for EE and RES)

• Adoption of a National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) as required by the EU Directive 2006/32/EC and a National Energy Strategy/Policy.


Local (Municipal/Regional) level policy recommendations

• Harmonizing the authorization and planning processes applied by Cultural Heritage Offices and Building Conservation Departments and rendering the processes more competitive, integrating energy-retrofitting (building renovation) and new technologies, and allowing for better involvement of investors and companies.

• Creating and implementing tailor-made EE/RES 1) financial (with involvement of the financial sector) 2) technical, 3) administrative and 4) legal tools to harmonize and enhance procedures (i.e.: setting up an Energy Manager Office with cross-competences and decision-making authority to draw public and energy performance contracts)

• Developing Local Action Plans for Municipalities

• Setting up an Energy Database to monitor public dwellings’ consumption and related costs.

• Making up-to-date information available through an Energy Manager or local energy monitoring agencies/consultants

• Financing research at local level

• Dissemination of good practices to impact on dwellers’ habits & behavior.

Last Updated (Monday, 23 September 2013 11:48)

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