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BROCHURE - Transnational Cooperation for the Improvement of Buildings Energy Performance and Efficiency

One of the major challenges faced today by countries in South East Europe and beyond is the reduction of energy loss and the improvement of energy and resource efficiency. A fifth of Europe's energy is lost because of energy inefficiency. Buildings account for around 40% of Europe’s total final energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The sector has significant untapped potential for cost-effective energy savings. Increasing energy efficiency is among the main goals of the European Union. It is embedded in Europe 2020, the EU’s strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. 

The TRACE Project

The TRACE project seeks to support local and regional administrations in South East Europe to develop, uphold and advance policies and mechanisms for improving the energy efficiency in buildings. This will be achieved through the development of a transnational partnership, which facilitates the exchange of experience, knowledge and good practices among its members, and the implementation of joint actions on this matter of strategic importance.

The European Directive 2010/31/EU

This Directive promotes the improvement of the energy performance of buildings within the Union, taking into account outdoor climatic and local conditions, as well as indoor climate requirements and cost-effectiveness. 

THE PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of the project is to support local and regional administrations in South East Europe to develop, uphold and advance policies and mechanism for improving the energy efficiency in buildings. 

To collect and analyze good practices on the use and impact of the energy performance certificates and on the financial incentives for improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

To develop and share knowledge resources and field experience reports on the current role and on the views and opinions of territorial administrations in South East Europe on energy performance of buildings.

To facilitate the exchange of experiences and good practices through activities and events that will address existing needs, namely: study visits offering an opportunity to look closely at different approaches and transnational thematic workshops discussing and exchanging good practice experiences and promoting a policy debate.

The capacity building of executives within territorial administrations in order to acquaint the necessary know-how for promoting energy efficiency in buildings.

To develop territorial operational plans and policy recommendations for territorial public administrations on the issues related to the energy performance of buildings through analysis of territorial strategies and policies for the implementation of long-term energy efficiency targets buildings.

To set up appropriate structures, which will identify and prioritize energy efficiency investment possibilities as well as initiate leverage of public and private sources of finance.

To raise awareness regarding energy efficient buildings through extensive and systematic communication activities and to maximize sustainability of project results post SEE funding. 

THE PARTNERSHIP

The TRACE consortium brings together 13 partners from 9 countries. The topic addressed by TRACE is consistent with priorities and policies of these administrations, as they have key competences in the field of energy efficiency as planners, permits delivering authorities, implementers of the EPBD as well as owners of an important stock of real property.

All partners have had previous experiences of participating to EU territorial cooperation projects and have acquired relevant experience in the importance of transnational issues and the added benefits for the resolution of common issues across European countries.

PARTNER

OFFICIAL NAME

COUNTRY

 

PIRAEUS

Municipality of PIRAEUS

Greece

WU

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Austria

GABROVO

Gabrovo Regional administration

Bulgaria

SOFENA

Sofia Energy Agency

Bulgaria

KDZ

Centre for Public Administration Research 

Austria

CRES

Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving

Greece

MANTOVA

Province of Mantova

Italy

PERUGIA

Province of Perugia

Italy

ENERO

Centre for Promotion of Clean and Efficient Energy in Romania

Romania

KSSENA

Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška Region

Slovenia

SERDA

Sarajevo Economic Region Development Agency 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

ZAGREB    CITY

City of Zagreb

Croatia

EEC

Albania-EU Energy Efficiency Centre

Albania

 

THE PROJECT WORK PACKAGES

WP0: Preparation activities 

WP1: Transnational project and financial management 

WP2: Communication activities 

WP3: Transfer of know-how among territorial administrations in South East Europe on energy efficiency in buildings (Collection and analysis of good practices, financial aspects influencing energy efficiency of buildings, exchange of information activities) 

WP4 : Capacity building of territorial administration in South East Europe (Development of training methodology, production of training material, organization of training sessions) 

WP5: Setting up joint strategies and implementing pilot actions for energy efficiency in buildings in South East Europe (Development of territorial operational plans, set up a network of Energy investments Forums, development of policy recommendations

 

THE PROJECT ACTIVITIES

TRACE demonstrates a genuine transnational character through the implementation of a number of transnational activities (study visits, thematic workshops, etc.):   

  • Organization of events aiming at transferring knowledge and exchanging experiences
  • Collection and analysis of good practices
  • Implementation of surveys and field research on various aspects of energy efficiency in buildings
  • Development of territorial operational plans and policy recommendations
  • Capacity building
  • Set up of a network of Energy Investment Forums
  • Communication and dissemination events and actions

 

 

 

 



Updated 06-02-2014 15:34


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The TRACE project is being co-funded under Priority Axis 2 - Protection and Improvement of the Environment of the South East Europe Programme, achieving the corresponding objectives through the Area of Intervention (AoI) 2.4 - Promote energy and resources efficiency.

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