IRE is the new-co established by the Italian Region Liguria in June 2014 inheriting the legacy of ARE Liguria, the energy agency born in 1996 through the SAVE-PERU programme.  IRE is the in-house company dealing with energy, infrastructure and urban regeneration.

The energy unit deals with the promotion of energy saving policies, the exploitation of renewable energy sources and the rational use of energy within Liguria. It supports the regional authority and other local administrations to elaborate and implement energy plans (e.g. Covenant of Mayors SEAPs, energy balances, energy audits) and technologies, it promotes the local acquisition of laws, and it manages the regional consortium that buys electricity on the free market for public bodies, it develops business plans for RES plants and offers training on energy matters as well as information on new fuels and technologies. The energy unit of IRE  has also elaborated the regional regulation for the energy certification of buildings and has developed the related regional specific software and is participating in the Concerted Action on the EPBD directive. The energy unit of IRE is also monitoring and controlling the contract for energy and infrastructure renovation projects for all the hospitals of Liguria. IRE with its energy unit works hard at international level, by taking part in many EU projects dealing with European energy policy priorities, such as buildings and community energy certification and emissions calculations, promotion of new contractual and management models (Energy Performance Contracts), biomass energy promotion. The former ARE Liguria has developed the guidelines for ESCO certification and for ESCO contracts and it has worked on energy education and people’s behaviour at both an EU and local level since 2002. It elaborated the SEAP for the city of Genoa (600.000 inhab), it is partner of the FP7 Smart Cities project “TRANSFORM” ans is supporting the Province of Savona in the delivery of 34 SEAPs. IRE has also prepared the successful ELENA proposal named “PROSPER” for the Province of Savona.

IRE, through its energy unit, is now elaborating the new regional energy plan, it is supporting the update of the regional database for energy and air quality  and is promoting the deployment of technologies and policies for smart cities throughout the main cities in the region.

IRE is a member of the Italian network of energy agencies “RENAEL”.


IRE Liguria informs on the launch of the public tender for the Energy retrofitting of social housing in Liguria Region, Italy – H2020 EnerSHIFT project

. .         The call is reserved exclusively to ESCOs and is for the granting of the concession for energy efficiency services and energy management with fuel supply of around 60 buildings located in Liguria Region. The call requires an energy saving of 45% minimum and is divided into three lots, for a […]

The Data Access Guidebook for Sustainable Energy Action Plans has been released!

Energy data is crucial for identifying trends in the economic priority sectors to target energy policies and to ensure energy efficiency improvements and increased renewable energy deployment. These measures can then be built in to sustainable energy policies and plans, and their national and local implementation progress can be monitored periodically. . The Data Access […]

European Energy Efficiency Projects

PUBLENEF interacts with multiple EU funded projects focusing on developing, perfecting and implementing energy efficiency policies (see below). Project topics range from evaluation of energy efficiency policies, to capacity building for innovative financing or holistic energy planning.

European Conference on the Energy Transition – Data4Action – 26 Jan 2017 in Bordeaux

    The European Energy Transition Conference is the main annual meeting of local energy transition stakeholders: elected representatives in charge of energy, climate plans or planning, heads of local authority departments, businesses and civil society. Every year, they analyse the main trends at work behind societal changes and the challenges faced by local authorities. […]

Best Practices

Structural Funds for the Energy Retrofit of Social Housing in Liguria Region

In the frame of the EnerSHIFT H2020 project, investments of EUR 5 Million have been stimulated from European Structural Funds for the energy retrofitting of social housing buildings in the Italian region of Liguria.

Knowing energy flows between regions – Rhône-Alpes, France

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DATA4ACTION Data Access Guidebook for SEAPs

Energy data is crucial for identifying trends in the economic priority sectors to target energy policies and to ensure energy efficiency improvements and increased renewable energy deployment.

On line la Guida sull’accesso ai dati energetici!

E’ online la versione italiana della “Guida sull’accesso ai dati energetici”, nata dalla collaborazione del parternariato di progetto, costituito da Enti pubblici regionali e locali, Agenzie per l’Energia e altre istituzioni che stanno lavorando per affrontare il cambiamento climatico attraverso lo sviluppo e l’attuazione di Piani d’Azione per l’Energia Sostenibile.

Multi-Level Governance Guidebook and 60 Best Practices!

Through COOPENERGY the project partners have sought examples of how local and regional authorities across Europe are collaborating – successfully – with each other to develop and deliver sustainable energy action plans (SEAPS) and initiatives. From over 150 submissions to our European survey held in summer 2013, we have selected 60 of the best examples of collaboration, […]

Climact-Regions, Observation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The GHG observation system is a powerful tool and the choices of a methodology and approach for implementing it are not neutral. In fact, they contribute strongly to building a representation of the regional impact of climate change and a framework for identifying areas of responsibilities and priorities for action. The tools for GHG accounting […]


ManagEnergy: Inspiration & Innovation

This first edition of the ManagEnergy Networking Event aims to give senior staff from local and regional energy agencies all the tips to position their agency as a leader in the energy transition. On the agenda: new services, large scale projects, positioning your energy agency for success.