One of FosterREG main goals is to align and coordinate European, national, regional and local authorities´ strategies regarding integrated urban regeneration for sustainable energy uptake.

Analysis of existing regulation framework, management procedures and financing.

FosteREG aims to develop dynamic capabilities tailored to fit the specific needs and priorities of stakeholder engaged in energy efficient renovation of neighbourhoods.

The first step involves document analysis of existing policies, management procedures as well as funding sources and financial mechanisms that facilitate the inclusion of energy efficient practices in urban regeneration actions.

Research was conducted in Spain, Croatia and the Netherlands, and the results were used to draw the appropriate conclusions both at national and European scales. This approach enlightened common key issues at European, national, regional and local levels as well as highlighted different understandings (if any) of directives across all levels. The outputs of this activities were used in the preparation of project workshops with members of national clusters.

Results of the research were integrated in “Energy efficiency in Urban regeneration framework” report elaborated in September 2015.

Establishment of fluid communication channels for effective multilevel coordination and gathering feedback about policy and financing design and implementation

In the framework of FosteREG new national working groups for multilevel coordination were created. These groups (national clusters) were engaged in the process of analyzing existing regulation framework, management procedures and financing, identifying gaps/barriers for implementing energy efficiency measures in urban regeneration as well as developing new strategies and proposals for improvement in regulation, financing and management of energy aspects in urban regeneration planning.

Members of national clusters were invited to participate in a series interviews, surveys and workshops organized in the framework of FosterREG. The aim of these activities was to establish communication with public authorities and receive feedback about policy and financing design and implementation.

A series of workshops took place in Spain, Croatia and the Netherlands. The workshops will facilitate sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices in each of the national clusters while already building the capacity and community at the public authorities for improved planning, financing and implementation of energy efficiency plans in urban regeneration.

An integrated report including joint analysis of regulation frameworks, management procedures and financing mechanisms was elaborated for each of the national clusters.

The Integrated reports for Spain, Croatia and the Netherlands were published in March 2016.

 

Creation of new national working groups for multilevel coordination, and to plan their continuity by integration within existing networks, at national and European level.

The national clusters created in the framework of FosterREG will enable multilevel coordination. The aim of FosterREG is to ensure the continuity of the national clusters after the project ends. FosterREG will build on existing national networks, promoting the creation of national clusters on the specific topic of integrated urban regeneration for sustainable energy uptake, where public authorities at all levels, as well as other relevant stakeholders will meet regularly to expand and continue the work that FosterREG will launch, very especially by the planning of the FosteREG national working groups continuity by integration within existing networks, at national and European level.

A strategy for continuity, definitely assessing and providing different integration options with the existing networks will be articulated in a Network Integration Plan that will be developed in May 2017.

 

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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