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 will focus 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 is 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 should help clarify this aspect. Mechanisms such as peer-to-peer learning and best practices sharing will also contribute towards this end.
However, barriers are not only caused by lack of capacity, but also by lack of coordination and alignment among policies and plans at different levels of government. In order to enhance multilevel coordination, the project will create a collaborative work space among public authorities at different levels in each of the participant countries.
Collaborative work will mainly consist of jointly analyzing the barriers and opportunities of the regulatory framework, management procedures and financing mechanisms. This process will conclude at a national two-day workshop in each of the participating countries, where an integrated analysis of such aspects will be developed, in order to jointly produce proposals for improvement and identify areas where training is most needed.