PUBLENEF’s final conference was the ideal frame to take stock of the current energy efficiency policies and discuss the upcoming changes and potential enhancements. The PUBLENEF Horizon 2020 project since February 2016 has been focusing on mobilising public authorities at local, regional and national level and connecting them.
Based on needs assessments and good practices analysis, the PUBLENEF partners developed policy roadmaps in 12 cities and regions from across Europe to implement energy efficiency pathways towards sustainability. In the frame of the European Week of Regions and Cities, this event explored the capacity of local and regional authorities to lead the transition to an energy efficient society. EU level representatives presented the new policy framework for energy efficiency and latest financing opportunities, successful approaches will be discussed and effective tools shared. Participants had the chance to exchange with fellow experts on the key dimensions of energy efficiency policies and together explore the latest trends and solutions.
First session – FROM EUROPEAN UNION TARGETS TO EFFECTIVE POLICIES – THE ROAD SO FAR AND THE CHALLENGES AHEAD
This session was introduced by keynote speeches detailing the new European Energy Efficiency legal framework as well as the most recent support policies. Local and regional authorities shared their own experience from designing and implementing energy efficiency strategies.
The policy recommendations arising from the PUBLENEF project were presented to the participants and an interactive panel discussion explored the challenges ahead and their potential solutions.
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Stakeholder discussion on the key challenges ahead, opportunities and the support needed to achieve our energy efficiency targets
Second session – ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES FROM THE LOCAL AND REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE
During this session PUBLENEF partners presented their main findings and practical results from the energy efficiency policy roadmaps. Project developers from across Europe shared and exchanged on their experience in stimulating investments in their territories. Financing schemes, replication of successful policies and citizen involvement were the operative words.
Moderator: Paul Kenny, Tipperary Energy Agency
Panel 1 – Cities and Regions investing in their energy efficiency action plans
Panel 2 – Creating the right ecosystem to roll-out energy efficiency schemes