The project will accelerate the implementation of Directive 2012/27/EU by means of contributing to meeting the targets in Articles 4 and 7 in each of the participating countries. In the framework of FosterREG, guidelines for planning and implementation of energy saving solutions at the building and neighborhood levels for public authorities, with a particular focus on achieving the requirements of Article 7 of the EE Directive will be defined.

Accelerating the adoption of the National Strategy for EE in Buildings derived from Art. 4 by multilevel collaborative analysis and proposals.

During FosteREG national workshops there will be a dedicated section to analyse and jointly revise the objectives, policies and measures set for each country in the National Strategy for EE in Buildings derived from Art. 4 of EE Directive. The aim of this section is to accelerate the adoption of the national long-term strategy for mobilising investment in the renovation of the national stock of residential buildings.

Building capacity on financial sources and business models for integrating energy efficiency measures at neighbourhood level.

In general: 

As part of the FosterREG Capacity Building activities, there was a dedicated section to financial aspects, which covered the national energy efficiency obligation schemes and the Energy Efficiency National Funds, envisaged in Article 20 of Directive 2012/27/EU as support for the obligation scheme. 

Also each national cluster jointly revised or produced a proposal for enhancing energy efficiency measures in an urban regeneration plan in each of the partner cities, to be used as a pilot and example for other cities to follow. During earlier stages of the project each city identified the areas of opportunity for improvement (management, financing, etc.) and revised their plans accordingly. 

In particular: 

In Spain, the project will contribute to fostering the Programa de Ayudas para la Rehabilitación Energética de Edificios Existentes de Sector Residencia (uso vivienda y hotelero) [Aid Programme for the Energy Renovation of Existing Buildings in the Residential Sector (home and hotel use)] (PAREER Programme) endowed with EUR 125 million and aimed at promotion of integral actions that encourage the improvement energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies in the existing buildings in the residential sector. 

In the Netherlands, the project will contribute to the implementation of the Energieakkoord [Energy Agreement], which is a public-private partnership of forty organisations including national and local governments, businesses, NGOs and financial institutes aimed at energy savings, clean technology and climate policy. Part of these agreements is a Revolving Fund Energy Savings endowed with EUR 185 million of public funding (and around EUR 555 million of private funding) and aimed at providing funding to house-owners for energy efficient renovation of their houses. Already collaboration has started with the VNG (Association of Netherlands Municipalities) who are developing a Support program Implementation of Energy Policy at Dutch Municipalities. During the FosterREG this collaboration will be extended thereby significantly increasing the reach an impact of both programs. 

In Croatia EPBD, EED are transposed to the national legislation in the Law on efficient use of energy in the final consumption and in the national programme on energy efficiency. Directives, laws and national programs are also baseline for new National programmes for retrofitting of buildings for period 2014.-2020. Currently there are four programmes and two strategies in development phase nZEB strategy and Strategy for support of investments in retrofitting of the national building stock. Project will accelerate activities in all programmes. In addition there are funding possibilities present trough the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development and APN. The activities of the project will help further develop these and other funding mechanisms as well as other incentives. 

In Europe, the project will contribute to raising awareness about the objectives set by the Directive and in particular for each Member State´s NEEAP.

 

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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