Project Details

Title: European networks, experience and recommendations helping cities and citizens to become Energy Efficient
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: Yes
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Dec 2013
Website: http://www.enercitee.eu


Total budget: €4,738,764.00
ERDF contribution: €3,618,152.30

Lead partner

Saxon State Ministry for the Environment and Agriculture
1097, Dresden

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    • Contact Person: Werner Sommer
      Phone: +49 351 564 6521
      Fax: +49 351 564 6529

Project summary

The European Union calls for action to combat climate change and to limit global warming to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures. A central role is ascribed to local authorities and their citizens in order to ensure the implementation and execution of European and national policies. EnercitEE seeks to practically implement the goals of the European Commission focusing on the objectives of INTERREG IVC by identifying, analysing and transferring best practices, fostering the exchange of experience in order to help local authorities and their citizens become energy efficient.


In contrast to its INTERREG IIIC forerunner project enercy’regio, EnercitEE will move on to address a new but underestimated consumer target group: the citizens. Therefore it has a new but underestimated focus than the forerunner project but builds upon enercy’regio’s experiences and existing interregional networks which have been established. All regions stressed a pressing need that more innovative

energy efficiency policies and instruments for citizens and the private sector need to be developed.


As a consequence of this, the already existing partner network has been extended in order to cover an even wider range of European regions. EnercitEE will include seven partners from six European regions. The project uses the existing experience and best practices to raise awareness, to build up knowledge and competences, to transfer and adapt already existing solutions and methods for interregional use and develop and improve policies in regional and local legislation.



A long-lasting effect of the project activities will be ensured by directly involving public policy makers and private consumers in the activities of EnercitEE. Project results and achievements will be exchanged between the participating regions and presented to all interested European stakeholders. Practical guidelines and policy recommendations generated within EnercitEE will provide valuable assistance for

European regions aiming to improve their energy performance and policies.


EnercitEE will be carried out as a mini-programme. The exchange of experience will be a core element of this mini-programme: the partners themselves compile policy instruments, best practices, case studies and organise training sessions and component seminars. In the sub-project component 4 ‘energy efficient citizens & local authorities’ a maximum of twelve sub-projects will be tendered in two open calls for proposals. It is expected that results of the sub-project component will help to improve local and regional policies and that the entire project will provide assistance in the transfer of knowledge on energy efficiency and sustainable transport in both the public and private sector. In particular, a change in energy patterns in the communities and their citizens is expected.

Project achievements

The INTERREG IVC mini-programme EnercitEE started in January 2010 and achieved remarkable results until its end in December 2013. 6 partners from 5 European regions: Saxony, Smaland, Emilia-Romagna, Haute-Savoie and Lower Silesia contributed to the improvement of local and regional policies and provided valuable assistance in the transfer of knowledge on Energy Efficiency and sustainable transport. EnercitEE financially supported 11 subprojects. They dealt with many aspects of Energy Efficiency (EE) targeting citizens and local authorities. They jointly developed important contributions towards a low carbon and EE Europe. LEEAN supported stakeholders in advising various target groups on energy savings and developed e.g. a master manual for builders informing on EE construction and energetic refurbishment of buildings. SCC challenged citizens and produced a guideline with descriptions of chosen methods to change to a more climate smart behavior. SustraMM partners set up recommendations

on mobility management (e.g. cost + benefits of cycling). The RIEEB project dealt with the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in Germany, Sweden, Poland and France. CLIPART partners wrote a handbook on climate change planning for regional and local authorities. Within PraTLA 71 students did their practical training in 58 municipalities to improve local EE policies. E-Foxes developed a joint European approach for energy saving contests at schools. ActEE produced a European Communication Tool package informing on effective tools communicating energy efficient behaviour. In GRACE the costs and real impact of public and private funding schemes focused on EE for citizens and communities were analysed. EEMTE focused on training concepts for municipal staff and how to include EE in the various fields of local actions. And FIBREC contributed to solve applicative problems in public private partnership and project financing in energy sector interventions.

Exchanging experience was the heart of EnercitEE. Partners jointly developed a Good Practice Guide that was widely distributed in Europe (4451 copies). 5 interregional events deepened our knowledge in different fields of EE. 1. “EE heat/power generation & distribution” in April 2011 in Växjö/Smaland; 2. A “Policy advice seminar” in October 2011 in Wroclaw/Lower Silesia; 3. “Communication + motivation to increase EE” in Annecy/France in February 2012. 4. A “Policy Maker Exchange” to Växjö in June 2012 (more than 30 mayors from Poland, France, Italy and Germany learned from “Europe’s greenest city” on the spot). 5. “EE buildings + innovation” in October 2012 in Leipzig. Summaries from all these events can be downloaded from our website. Additionally our final handbook: “Improving EE – contributions from 5 European regions” informs at a glance about EnercitEE: with information on how to improve your regional EE policy and about the valuable results from our exchange and the subprojects.

The dissemination of results was also very important. In total EnercitEE partners: set up 51 press releases, 8 newsletters, organized 34 dissemination events, participated in 42 other events, produced 14 interregional and regional flyer, held 49 poster exhibitions throughout Europe; and 131 articles have been published in press and media to inform various interested target groups on the results and the progress of the project. Information on EnercitEE, Subprojects, joint outputs and events are available on the website www.enercitee.eu. The EnercitEE blog is also used actively to inform the public on events, results and good practices identified. Highlights in presenting EnercitEE and its results on the European level have been the lunch reception at the Committee of the Regions in April 2013, EnercitEE’s final conference “European Energy Efficiency Directives – Tools and Recommendations for Regions and Cities” in September 2013 in Brussels, and a presentation at the Open Days 2013.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Saxon State Ministry for the Environment and Agriculture, Dresden GERMANY Dresden +49 351 564 6521
Energy Agency of Southeast Sweden, Växjö SWEDEN Småland med öarna +46 470 72 33 20
ASTER joint stock consortium, Bologna ITALY Emilia-Romagna +39 051 6398099
Haute-Savoie local authorities, ANNECY Cedex FRANCE Rhône-Alpes +33 450 33 51 62
Decentralized Administration Authority of Crete, Heraklion, Crete GREECE Kriti +30 2810 302469 / 2810 224854
Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Wrocław POLAND Dolnoslaskie +48 71 770 4168
Emilia-Romagna Region - Council for Productive Activities - Energy Policy Dep., Bologna ITALY Emilia-Romagna +39 051 63 96 427


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