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Home Our News New Central European project for greener public buildings

Launch of the Central Europe Programme granted project "GovernEE" for the enhancement of good governance in energy efficiency in public & historic buildings

"Energy Efficient public buildings for a greener future of Central Europe" EU project's launch conference has taken place today in Hódmezovásárhely, Hungary on 3rd November 2010. The project is introducing a 3 years-long cooperation of the partnership formed by 4 Central European municipalities, 1 district administration and 2 knowledge institutions from 5 different Central European (CE) countries under the lead of the Hungarian city of Hódmezovásárhely. Financed by the EU Central Europe Programme for a budget of 2 250 485,00 EUR the project addresses the timely issue of energy efficiency (EE) and use of renewable energy sources (RES) in public buildings, with a special focus to historic monuments, under the angle of good governance. The ceremony was held in the presence of Pál VÖLNER, State Secretary of the Ministry of National Development responsible for infrastructure and Peter OLAJOS, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry for National Economy responsible for climate and energy policy.

The transnational partnership will provide guidance and set of good practices to decision-makers and stakeholders to improve towards a more energy-conscious policy-making. It will set the stages for better planning and decision-making competences and for the commitment of policy-makers at local and regional level towards environmental-friendly approaches.

In preparation of this transnational cooperation, János LÁZÁR, Mayor of the Lead Partner city and initiator of the GovernEE project announced: "The more efficient use of energy is a question of transnational relevance. Since the public and the communal sectors are major energy consumers and the bulk of energy loss is mainly due to inefficient heating systems in these buildings, we must pay attention to better tackle the situation of energy consumption in public and historic buildings in our European cities. Policy-makers at local institutions play a pivotal role in highlighting energy issues when it comes to sustainable urban development and they can set the good examples."

The project will develop specific training and coaching designed for policy makers and will additionally develop ICT-based measurement tools which will also contribute to a more efficient use of energy in public i.e. governmental buildings.

"GovernEE will contribute to knowledge transfer to reach the sustainable development needs of our region. Investments in energy efficiency, use of renewable energies as well as utilisation of energy efficient technologies will be stimulated and other project partners will benefit from our experiences as well." - said Jörg PERRMANN, Project manager of GOVERNEE Partner, the District Administration of Burgenlandkreis.

Last Updated (Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:41)

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This project is implemented through the Central Europe Programme co-financed by the ERDF.