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...                    

Main findings of WP3 Collaborative Analysis

In the collaborative analysis phase the FosterREG partners of the three national clusters (Croatia, Spain and the Netherlands) have analyzed the barriers associated with the planning, financing and management of integrated urban regeneration projects for sustainable energy uptake. And developed, together with national, regional and local stakeholders, solutions and strategies for overcoming them. The main issues coming from the collaborative analysis in Croatia, Spain and Netherlands refer back to the central objective. During a final European wide workshop held in Brussels (June 2016) these findings were further discussed with workshop participants coming from the three national cluster collaborative analyses, representatives from the European Commission (DG ENER, DG REGIO) and EU networks. In the FosterREG Collaborative Analysis and Best Practices Report (D3.5) the findings are described in detail and in the FosterREG Collaborative Analysis Discussion Paper an extended summary is provided. Here the overall recommendations are given.

  1. To improve awareness of energy efficiency in urban regeneration and to improve capacities. It is recommended to apply a more benefits-based approach of energy efficiency solutions, focusing on value creation aspects such as interior comfort, urban quality, safety. And, to establish a set of standardized tools for improving energy efficiency in urban regeneration for public officers, focusing on financial instruments, local administration management and coordination procedures and green public procurement.
  2. To enhance funding and financing of energy efficiency in urban regeneration projects. It is recommended to provide more favorable conditions for investments in energy efficiency renovation and to incentivize joint and integrated projects through better financing schemes. Solutions are the use of guarantee funds (instead of loans or subsidies) to spread investment risks public-private and financing schemes supporting the design and planning phase of sustainable refurbishment projects with ambitious targets beyond energy efficiency.
  3. To foster the development and fine-tuning of energy efficiency in urban regeneration related legislation. It is recommended to involve local and regional governments (representation) in the national (and European) legislation developments. Regarding the Energy Efficiency Directive Art. 4 it is recommended to coordinate the National Member State Building Renovation Strategies vis-à-vis with regional and local governments´ strategies, for instance through making it compulsory for the local level to be engaged in national planning (i.e. National Energy Efficiency Action Plans – NEEAPs). Furthermore, the developments dealing with the European Urban Agenda are therefore promising and should also be followed up in each of the EU Member States with national Urban Agendas.
  4. To improve the horizontal integration of energy efficiency in urban regeneration and vertical coordination among different policy levels. For the (horizontal) integrative work it is recommended to enhance and facilitate management and interdisciplinary brokering activities, by offering resources for management at local level, because it is there, where implementation takes place. To enhance (vertical) coordination between government it is recommended for municipalities to organize coordination meetings in order to consolidate the work of several cities together and create power towards national level and for the European Commission to request municipalities to have integrated strategies (including management and coordination tools) in place when accessing European funds (such as ERDF). 

The findings regarding main issues, solutions, strategies and recommendations form the basis of the capacity building phase of the FosterREG project. In this phase a wide body of public servants from the national clusters are trained using these findings. Please visit the website for information on capacity building activities in your area (latest news and coming events sections).

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Figure: FosterREG Collaborative Analysis EU workshop group picture

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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