Title: REgional policies towards GREEN buildings
Type of intervention
Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Total budget: €1,396,955.45
INTELI - Intelligence in Innovation, Innovation Centre
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Contact Person: Inês Vilhena da Cunha
Phone: +351 217 112 210
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Over the last two years, the concept of 'green economy' has moved to the mainstream of the international and European policy discourse (OECD, UN, EC). Global economic crisis and the increased attention to climate change mitigation have intensified the need for a new economic paradigm. The greening of economies has the potential of being a new engine of growth, contributing to sustainable economic development, creation of jobs, social equity and poverty reduction. New enabling conditions are required to promote the transition to a green economy. Therefore, it is essential to produce new and appropriate policy instruments to foster green growth, where some key sectors are critical, namely the building sector. The building sector is one of the main contributors to the global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Furthermore, the greatest energy saving potential lies in
buildings, due to the fact that almost 40% of the final energy consumption takes place in buildings. In this framework, the aim of the project is to help regions in improving, developing and implementing green building policies oriented to the enhancement of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies as a means of contributing to the development of green regions. By promoting innovative policy solutions for green buildings, namely green public procurement, the project intends to support regions in renovate and retrofit public but also private buildings. This goal consists in considering the public authorities as key players in the process of moving to a green economy, acting as leading examples in introducing energy efficiency measures in public-owned buildings. Besides management and coordination and dissemination and communication activities, the main actions of the initiative include the exchange of
experiences oriented to the identification and transfer of good practices and the development of new policy tools. This comprises study visits to locations regarded as references in the scope of the project’s objectives. Site visits are complemented with interregional workshops to debate lessons learnt and improve understanding on key practices. Besides this, regional implementation plans will be carried out by local/regional public authorities with the support of local/regional self-assessment reports and good practices guides as well as local/regional stakeholder seminars. Knowledge partners will participate in the project providing the conceptual and methodological framework and producing policy recommendations to regional and local policies.
The partnership, led by INTELI, is integrated by 10 partners from 10 European countries: Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Estonia, Romania, Slovenia, Poland, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The aim of the REGREEN project is to help regions in improving, developing and implementing green building policies oriented to the enhancement of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies as a way of contributing to the development of green regions. Local/regional public authorities involved in the project may act as “leading regions” in greening their own buildings under a green economy framework. Sharing experiences and good practices is the major added value of the project. Six study visits and four interregional workshops will be organised in order to promote the exchange and transfer of experiences and good practices within the partnership. The project intends to develop strategic guidelines and policy, to measure the environmental, economic and social impacts of greening buildings, through the construction of a system of indicators as well as to develop a framework for green buildings in green public procurement policies to improve the EU legislation.
During the first semester the Project’s activities started with a kickoff meeting in Lisbon in 2012 and it was realized the launch seminar "Regional Policies for Greening the Building Sector" with international speakers. Secondly, the 1st study visit took place in Grenoble and Echirolles (France), in June 2012. In the second semester, the project activities continued with the organisation of the 2nd study visit that took place in Potsdam and Berlin (Germany), in September 2012, alongside with an interregional workshop on "Regional strategies towards energy efficient and sustainable building and retrofitting" and the organisation of the second Steering Committee Meeting. The third semester continued with the organization of the 3rd study visit that took place in Merida and Caceres (Spain) in March 2013, alongside with the organization of the 3rd Steering Committee Meeting. Also the 4th study visit was organised by Nordregio, in Stockholm (Sweden), together with the 2nd Interregional
Workshop on "Renewing the City: Retrofits & Brownfield Development", in May 2013. Also, the REGREEN project participated with a position paper on the Green paper on “A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies” (June 2013). Moreover, all the local/regional partners produced the two first sections of the Regional/local Implementation Plans; identified the 1st good practices through a good practices description form; and some of them organised the 2nd local/regional stakeholders seminars. The fourth semester continued with the organization of the 5th study visit that took place in Tartu (Estonia) in July 2013. Also the 6th study visit was organised by Dublin City Council, in Dublin, alongside with an interregional workshop and the 3th Steering Committee Meeting, in September 2013. Moreover, all the local/regional partners continue the production of the Regional/local Implementation Plans; identified the 2nd good practices; and some of them organised the 2nd or 3rd local/regional
stakeholder’s seminars. The fifth semester continued with the organisation of the last interregional workshop, in March 2014 in Ptuj (Slovenia) alongside with the fourth Steering Committee Meeting and the second Political Board Meeting. Some of the main project results were concluded, namely the System of Indicators and the Regional/Local Implementation Plans. In the last semester the final RE-GREEN event was organised together with the last SCM and the last PBM in Sheffield (UK) in November 2014. Finally, the last main deliverables were concluded namely: the "Green Buildings' Policies: Strategic guidlines and Policy recommendations" report; the Integrated Good Practice Catalogue; the report testing the System of Indicators - System of Indicators in practice, in three partners' regions; and the report (ibook) on "Public Investment and Procurement for Greener Buildings - a handbook for European decision-makers". All the deliverables referred are available in the project website.
|Institution, Town||Country||Region||Contact details|
|INTELI - Intelligence in Innovation, Innovation Centre, Lisbon||PORTUGAL||Lisboa||+351 217 112 210
|University of Potsdam, Potsdam||GERMANY||Brandenburg - Südwest||+49 331 977 2419
|Municipality of Dabrowa Gornicza, DABROWA GORNICZA||POLAND||Slaskie||+48 32 295 68 10
|Tartu Regional Energy Agency, Tartu||ESTONIA||Eesti||+372 7635374
|Nordregio: Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, Stockholm||SWEDEN||Stockholm||+46 (0)8 463 54 22
|Directorate General for Environmental Evaluation and Quality. Regional Government of Extremadura, Mérida||SPAIN||Extremadura||34924008665
|Building for the Future Limited, Sheffield||UNITED KINGDOM||South Yorkshire||+44 (0)1623812956
|Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje, Ptuj||SLOVENIA||Vzhodna Slovenija||00386 (0)5 99 74 658
|City of Mizil, MIZIL||ROMANIA||Sud - Muntenia||+40 244 250551
|City Architects, Dublin City Council, Dublin||IRELAND||Southern and Eastern||01 222 3533
|Extremadura Energy Agency, Badajoz||SPAIN||Extremadura||34924262161