Fostering public capacity to plan, finance and manage integrated urban REGeneration for sustainable energy uptake

Training for public officers involved in urban regeneration

Integrated urban regeneration

Multilevel coordination

 

FosterREG aims at enhancing public capacity at local, regional and national levels to plan, finance and manage integrated urban regeneration for sustainable energy uptake, through capacity building, promotion and articulation of effective multilevel coordination, and national as well as European network strengthening. These objectives will be achieved through public stakeholders’ engagement in joint analysis and knowledge development activities, as well as creation and dissemination of targeted training materials and activities across Europe. Read more...                    

Multilevel stakeholder mapping for energy efficient urban regeneration

An important initial step of the project has been the identification and analysis of the stakeholders related to energy efficient urban regeneration. This challenging task aimed to map, for each of the cities and in relation to their regional and national structures, all relevant agents in relation to legislation and policy, financing, management and implementation of projects.

The analysis has allowed to have a better overview the particular organizational structure in each country, where the public administration has a concrete role on defining laws and regulations, and local entities are closer to the actual planning processes and operations.

 

Considering that each country has its own structure and organization, both in relation to energy efficiency (EE) and urban regeneration (UR) processes, there are some aspects in common in the stakeholder structure for all countries, which we can summarize as follows:

  • Public administrations that define the national or regional laws, regulations, standards and policies (both in EE and UR).
  • Local or regional public bodies that deploy the energy and housing policies.
  • Local entities that articulate the particular processes and operations, closely linked to aspects of urban planning, authorizations and permits for carrying out the works, as well as the proximity to key partners and owner- citizens.
  • Corporations related to energy efficient urban regeneration, which can be classified according their specific fields of action: 

- Housing (mostly public or semi-public, i.e. Housing Associations). 

- Energy (public bodies and private energy supply and distribution companies, but mostly under public regulation). 

- Financing (private).

- Local development (mostly public or semi-public).

- Non-profit and NGOs (citizen relation management and integrated operation facilitators).

- Research and Technological Organizations (public or semi-public).

- Joint citizens, neighbourhood associations and social groups of the intervention areas.

The interrelation of stakeholders in relation to energy efficiency is generally straight forward, as there is a general alignment in their perspectives which are mostly coming from upper level regulations (eg. EU Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives). Implementation of energy efficiency projects do vary depends on country specific regulations and policies, and urban model and climatic conditions.

The interrelation of the stakeholders in relation to urban planning is much more complex and alignment and commitment is not so easy to find between local, regional and national levels. There are only pilot cases experiences and declaration of commitment among stakeholders, and depend on each country situation and regulations.

Some of the most relevant identified stakeholders will be contacted to participate in the following stages of the project, to collaborate on the the identification of communication and coordination gaps and barriers, and the elaboration of proposals to enhance public capacity for energy efficient urban regeneration. Read the report >>>

 

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Key public stakeholders in the Netherlands

 

 

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Schematic view of public, private and civil stakeholders in Spain

 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649846