The lack of proper coordination of aspects related to regulation, financing and management of energy efficiency measures within urban regeneration initiatives, as well as the frequent misalignment of public stakeholders at different levels, are hindering the potential benefits of addressing these processes from an integrated perspective.

To overcome these challenges the FosterREG focused on building public authorities´ capacity for designing, planning, financing and managing measures geared towards integrating energy efficient renovation of buildings within urban regeneration strategies.

The project approaches capacity building from a participatory perspective, understanding that learning is most efficient when it is driven by the learner. The first step to building capacity was to identify what kind of capacity is lacking. Collaborative analysis of current barriers and opportunities in the implementation of energy efficiency measures within urban regeneration plans helped to clarify this aspect. Mechanisms such as peer-to-peer learning and best practices sharing also contributeed towards this end.

However, barriers are not only caused by the lack of capacity, but also by the lack of coordination and alignment among policies and plans at different levels of government. In order to enhance multilevel coordination, the project created a collaborative work space among public authorities at different levels in Spain, Croatia and the Netherlands.

Collaborative work mainly consisted of jointly analysis of the barriers and opportunities of the regulatory framework, management procedures and financing mechanisms. This process concluded at a national two-day workshop in each out of the three above mentioned participating countries, where an integrated analysis of such aspects was developed, in order to jointly produce proposals for improvement and identify areas where training is most needed.

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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