SAVE II Programme:
Creation of energy management agencies
"Creation of regional and urban energy management agencies in the European
Union - SAVE II Programme".
Decision of the Council of 16.12.96 concerning a multiannual programme for
the promotion of energy efficiency in the European Community.
Call for proposals for the promotion of energy efficiency in Europe and
the creation of regional and urban energy management agencies in the European
Union, SAVE II, Official Journal S23 of 1.2.1997.
Call for proposals for the promotion of energy efficiency in the European
Community, Official Journal C 386 of 20.12.1997, p. 16.
The main objectives of the SAVE II Community action on regional and urban
energy management are to improve energy efficiency, to make the most of local
energy resources and to seek optimum energy-supply conditions for regions and
urban areas, thereby contributing to their sustainable development (in economic,
social and environmental terms) in a context in keeping with the general objectives
of Union policy. This involves first and foremost, enabling or improving the
ability of local decision-makers and to interact directly with consumers.
Target public/ beneficiaries
The proposers: Regional and local public bodies of the EU.
Legal entities in associated non-member countries in central
and eastern Europe and Cyprus have the possibility to submit proposals
and to participate on terms similar to those of Member States and EEA countries.
Decisions to this effect are now being drafted and adopted. Before preparing and
submitting proposals involving these countries it is better to contact the European
The partners are all the bodies which support the various agencies to be set up.
Independent assessors, high schools or universities, technical institutes,
consultants etc. that are usually paid by the agency for doing a specific work.
To date,there are 140 local or regional energy agencies in the Union.
As the SAVE II programme will run until the year 2000 and the number of
agencies will increase so that at least one fifth of the regions and cities
with more than 100.000 inhabitants will benefit from the services of an energy
For 1998 the deadline for the submission of proposals was fixed on 31.3.1998.
There will be an annual call for proposals.
Eligible Measures / nature of activities
Activities eligible for support focus on assistance in setting up
financially and administratively autonomous local and regional agencies
concerned with energy management.
The energy management should be a bottom up approach and should focus
on making energy savings, the utilization of local energy sources and the
prevention of waste of all kinds.
Each proposal must include a work programme and a financial programme,
covering a minimum of 3 years, for the implementation of specific
energy-management projects, namely energy efficiency and the harnessing
of renewable energy sources.
The only proposals concerned are those bringing together regions,
cities or towns in different Member States ( at least 2 proposers and
a maximum of 3), provided the activities are shared evenly between them,
particularly projects involving regions, cities or towns which already
have conducted the exercise in the fields covered, with a view to
transferring know-how, expertise and technologies and achieving economies
of scale. The reasons for choosing the proposed co-proposers must be given,
like a twinning arrangement, socio-economic similarities, etc...
Each proposal should include a declaration that:
- the agency could not be set up without Community support;
- the agency or agencies will be financially and administratively autonomous;
- that there does not already exist an agency doing similar work in the same territory.
Priorities in 1998:
- frontier regions, cities or towns (on either side of a land or sea frontier) close enough to generate joint energy.
- boroughs or suburbs of 100 000 to 200 000 inhabitants which are included in great urban centres;
- regions and cities which are already officially engaged in a Climate Change policy (like Agenda 21);
- Objective 1 or 6 regions or cities which create their agency together with regions or cities on other objective or non-objective areas;
- Regional, sub-regional levels or cities situated in regions or first sub-national level not yet covered by an energy management agency.
- providing a transfer of know-how from at least one agency having more than four years experience, associated as a partner in the proposal:
Rural dimension / example of action in rural milieu
In the framework of the first SAVE programme, the Regional
Development Agency for Western Greece (ANKO S.A.) which is also
the host organisation of the LEADER I group of Kozani ran a project
in partnership with several other bodies: the regional authorities
of Western Greece, of Calabria in Italy, the regional energy agency
of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in France, the local energy agency of
Lombardy in Italy and the network FEDARENE. The main purpose of the
project involved the use of biomass in agriculture (i.e.greenhouses),
house heating and in the field of crafts.
Nature and amount of financial support
For the first 3 years of activity only the Commission will grant
up to a maximum of 50% of total costs in support of the proposals selected,
up to a maximum amount of 200 000 ECU per agency set up and a maximum of 3
new agencies per proposal.
European Union financial support
A budget of ECU 150 million has been proposed to implement all the
action under SAVE II. A specific budget for this action is not defined.
The proposals will be assessed by the Commission services in consultation
with the SAVE II Committee.
Information brochure annexed to the application form,
also available for downloading on
Information offices or complementary sources of information
- European Commission
Directorate-General for Energy
Energy Management in Regions, Islands and Cities
DG XVII, Unit A2
226-236, avenue de Tervueren
F.: +32 2 295 61 05 - Secretariat of Dr. Furfari
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date of publication: 01/98