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Public Administration Training and Coaching on Renewable Energy in their building regulations and codes (PATRES)

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PATRES supported local authorities, public utilities and social housing bodies in:- Implementing effective policies fostering the introduction of RES in their building regulations and codes for new or refurbished buildings; - Improving RES-related public procurement; - Exchanging expertise and know-how, focussing on new member states and on candidate countries.To this aim, PATRES realized a customized training programme (training, coaching service, meetings and visits to best practices) in the 6 countries involved.A common detailed training programme was developed as a general reference, tailoring the programmes of the national courses to country-specific needs with the support of National Advisory Groups representing the target groups. At the end of the training courses, an international conference was held with key note speakers.27 "Pilot actions" were selected to benefit from experts’ coaching and from the visits and meetings organised with a selected group of best practices.A final conference was organized to present the project outputs and the guide produced summarizing the lessons learnt though the project.

Results

  • 7 training courses for 136 staff members working for local authorities, social housing bodies, public utilities, and the development of 27 pilot actions (experts’ coaching service provided for PA experts).
  • 33 different meetings and visits to best practice were held on the basis of 38 meeting organized for the beneficiaries of the coaching service (some destinations were visited twice by different pilot action).
  • 38 new (or improved) regulations approved or validated by the mayor or other relevant authorising officer supporting the introduction of RES achieved at the end of the project. Additional new regulations promoting the introduction of RES were achieved by 100 local authorities that were generated by "multipliers" (Provinces, Counties…), thus indirectly benefitting from PATRES.
  • 10 new (or improved) regulations approved or validated by the mayor or other relevant authorising officer improving public procurement rules related to RES. Additional 13 new regulations were generated by "multipliers" (Provinces, Counties…), thus indirectly benefitting from PATRES.
  • 12 new SEAPs (Sustainable Energy Action Plans) developed according to Covenant of Mayor guidelines and approved by a relevant authorising officer. Indirectly, 23 additional SEAPs were approved thanks to the effort of the "multipliers".
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Lessons learned

  • PATRES main aim was enhancing effective policies fostering the introduction of RES in building regulations and codes for new or refurbished buildings. An important lesson learnt of PATRES project is that building regulations should always consider RES in relation with energy efficiency (EE): you should first reduce the energy consumption of buildings thanks to energy efficiency measures and then plan and implement RES systems on the basis of lowered energy requirements.
  • When developing policies for local authorities, it is crucial to gain the political support of mayors, deputies or councillors. Only in this case the resources and efforts required for the effective implementation of the new of revised codes will be available. Moreover, the political support should come from all political parties since the energy plan will have to continue being implemented.
  • Some Pilot action’s participants (provinces, counties, federations of municipalities, energy agencies etc.) affect many municipalities and were able to spread the pilot action achievements (model of regulation/code or SEAPs) to a great number of municipalities. Involving these "multipliers" in the training proved to be very successful overall in the case of smaller local authorities that often lack of internal technical personnel able to develop innovative energy instruments/policies.
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Contact

Consorzio per l'AREA di ricerca scientifica e tecnologica di Trieste
Italy
Contact point: 
Name: 
Fabio Tomasi
Tel: 
+39 040 375 5268

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Duration:
01/05/2010 to 30/04/2013
Contract number: 
IEE/09/728

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