Project Details

Title: Integrated Measures for an Energy Efficiency Approach
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014


Total budget: €1,652,888.48
ERDF contribution: €1,322,432.13

Lead partner

Koningin Julianaplein 10
2595 AA, The Hague

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    • Contact Person: Christiaan Norde
      Phone: 0031 (0)70 302 84 84
      Fax: 0031 (0)70 361 74 22

Project summary

Objective: IMEA aims to support local and regional authorities in taking a pro-active role in improving the energy efficiency of the built environment.

IMEA focuses on Energy Efficiency. The implementation of EE measures is a European key challenge in the transition towards sustainable communities, in special in Eastern Europe and in deprived urban areas where a high percentage of the housing stock has a very poor energy performance. The IMEA-partners collaborate to enhance the effects of their strategic plans and policies to promote EE.



1. To exchange good practices that raise awareness on energy efficiency and energy efficient behaviour (tackling cognitive barriers);

2. To exchange viable business models that create local/regional economic spin-off (tackling economic barriers);

3. To bridge the gap between policy and implementation, to put policy into practice by developing change strategies and implementation plans with SMART projects;

4. To disseminate good practices to all public authorities in the EU and to facilitate exchange via a project website


Awareness raising: Energy consumption and energy savings are abstract phenomena for many citizens and organisations. they are often unaware of the benefits EE-measures could bring. Good practices for awareness raising will be exchanged.


Business models: To achieve EE, public authorities should take on a pro-active role as facilitator. They have to connect stakeholders and develop business cases that divide investments and risks over multiple actors, that take uncertain future energy prices into account and that are attractive to all actors in the value chain. Partners will exchange suitable business and governance models.


Policy into practice: Policy frameworks and support programmes for EE are available, on European and on national levels, but policy is often not put into practice. Implementation plans will be formulated in which good practices are

strategized', including project proposals that can be submitted within support programmes that are relevant in each partner region.


Energy Efficiency Change Strategies

How can public authorities, in relation to EE, move from a reactive to a pro-active position in a collaborative framework with multiple stakeholders? To make this ‘abstract’ challenge tangible and test various approaches, 6 complementary ‘change cases’ are formulated. Each partner will have a transnational team of ‘critical friends’ (from the partnership) at its disposal that will provide advice about institutional, strategic and practical steps that could be taken.



Local and regional public authorities/organisations (NL, DK, PT, RO, HU) work in pairs with National Focal Points: Ministries and Knowledge institutions for which supporting local and regional authorities and dissemination are part of their core businesses. This ensures a large territorial impact.

Project achievements

The core of the project is best practice exchange and joint learning at the strategic governance level in regard to the cities’ and regions’ promotion of energy efficiency measures in the built environment. The project started somewhat slow, but after the partners were accustomed with the process results have been much better. At the launching event in Assen in November 2012 and during the events in Lisbon (June 2013) , Oradea (November 2013), Budapest (June 2014) and The Hague (2014) the partners conducted a series of meetings, fieldtrips and workshops and shared their results. The basis for change cases was laid in Assen as well as the methodology for the change cases. The final Change Case report is has been finalised and provides a detailed look in the processes and (governance) procedures that are so important to take into account when working on Energy Efficiency.

In Lisbon a mid term event was organised. The purpose of the mid term event was to involve public and private actors in an fruitful debate on various issues related to energy efficiency and to capture different views with regard to EE policy making. After the Lisbon event the Change cases have been identified and critical questions were raised on how to endeauvour on these change cases. The result being that there is a clear description of the problem, objective, outline of strategy, learning agenda end what the key drivers are. A way to learn from each other and provide solutions at existing projects is to organise critical friends visits. Project partners have met with each other and will meet with stakeholders involved in the Good Practices and Change Cases. Several critical friends visits have been taking place in 2013 and 2014 creating a much better understanding among partners and stakeholders.

A common Good Practice Standard (GPS) methodology has been elaborated with all partners and thoroughly worked with during the Lisbon and Oradea Good Practice CoP. Collecting the Good Pactices was done in the first year and the period after it has mostly been about validating the Good Practices and explaining why these are such good examples. The IMEA project team is also participating in external events. In November 2013 a conference was organised in cooperation with the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN). The topic of the conference was 'Energy Efficient Cities'. A two day, succesful event with participants from all over Europe. The Change cases and Good Practices where also presented in different presentations and workshops. In the last year of the IMEA project the partners have worked a lot to make up for lost time earlier in the project and creating usable results for practitioners and policy makers through a Position Paper for example.

The IMEA project officially lasted until December 2014, but during the final meeting in The Hague all partners have committed themselves in finalising and further developing a number of results of the IMEA-project. This was done to share the enthusiasm of all partners and be able to better capitalise on the results of the IMEA project. The position paper, Good Practices, Changes Cases will all be updated and shared on the website of IMEA and in a later stage will be shared through the communication channels of the European Urban Knowledge Network, ensuring the legacy of IMEA.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Platform31, The Hague NETHERLANDS Zuid-Holland 0031 (0)70 302 84 84
Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Bucharest ROMANIA Bucuresti - Ilfov +40 372 114 577
Oradea Metropolitan Area, Oradea ROMANIA Nord-Vest 0040 259 408 821
VÁTI Hungarian Nonprofit Limited Liability Company for Regional Development and Town Planning, Budapest HUNGARY Kozep-Magyarorszag 0036 1 279 2646
Mid-Pannon Regional Development Company, Székesfehérvár HUNGARY Kozep-Dunantul +36 22 500 268
Municipality of Assen, Assen NETHERLANDS Drenthe 0031 592 366 928
Danish Building Research Institute, København SV DENMARK Hovedstaden 99402525
City of Copenhagen, Urban Design Department, København S DENMARK Hovedstaden +45 3366 1203
GEBALIS – Management of Lisboa Social Housing, EEM, LISBOA PORTUGAL Lisboa (+351) 217510303
Directorate General of Territorial Development, Lisbon PORTUGAL Lisboa (+351) 21 381 96 00
Nicis Institute, The Heague NETHERLANDS Zuid-Holland 070-3494378
Lechner Lajos Knowledge Center Non-profit Limited Liability Company for Territorial Development, Building Matters, Heritage Protectio and Information Technology, Budapest HUNGARY Kozep-Magyarorszag 0036-1-279-2610
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