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SAVE II Programme:
Creation of energy management agencies

Keywords: energy


Official Title

"Creation of regional and urban energy management agencies in the European Union - SAVE II Programme".


Legal References

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 Commission.

The partners: The partners are all the bodies which support the various agencies to be set up.

Other Participants: 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 management agency.



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.


Communication support

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
    B-1150 Brussels
    F.: +32 2 295 61 05 - Secretariat of Dr. Furfari

    The Commission has promoted the setting up of three networks aimed at disseminating information.

    2, Chemin de Palente
    F-25000 Besançon
    F.: +33 81 50 73 51

    Rue du Beau Site 11
    B-1050 Brussels
    F.: +32 2 646 89 75

    Council Office
    Sandwick Road
    Stornoway PA87 2BW
    F.: +44 1851 705 349

date of publication: 01/98

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