Training and coaching - Improving competences of local decision makers


• Strengthen the sense of responsibility of the public sector by improving competences of local decision-makers

• Promote the adoption of sustainable, EE-committed measures, Sensitize the public and raise their awareness on EE and RES issues

Partners in charge: District of Burgenlandkreis (Germany)

Partners involved: Quedlinburg (DE), Hódmezővásárhely (HU), Prague (CZ), CETA/Bologna (IT), CERE (AU)

Description: Cross-sectoral policy making is strongly linked to improved decision-making and planning competences of policy-makers, which should include EE considerations. The pilot conducted in each partner region consisted of training and coaching decision-makers of municipal institutions on EE management, as a key aspect of good governance. Three target groups took part in the workshops: facility managers, administrative staff and decision-makers. For the workshops a set of relevant materials (good practices, adapted local materials and general supportive information) was provided.

Timeline: March 2012 – May 2013

Budget: 116 256 EUR

Pilot evaluation:

Project partners were provided with comprehensive training material for the implementation of the training targeted to facility managers, staff of administration and decision-makers.

The volume and the content of the trainings were adjusted to the different needs of the participating groups. Although experiences vary from partner to partner a generally positive feedback was given by all the partners regarding the trainings. The aim to sensitise decision-makers, facility managers and staff of municipality institutions on energy efficiency and to enhance their responsibility has been achieved. For further planning it is important to keep the attention of the decision-makers on the energy efficiency topic, thus further trainings/seminars are suggested to be organised with the following focus – and also considering the current demands and specific local conditions:


• Facility managers: practice oriented workshop, debating current issues, ventilating, sharing experience and good practise

• Administrative staff: practice oriented workshop, personal responsibility, specifying and demonstrating cost and other related consequences of misbehaviour

• Decision-makers: cost saving possibilities resulting from the implementation of RES, cost effective solutions, local energy management issues