The Policy Papers
The Modular Projects of the Efficient Buildings Community gained experience at local level, facing and overcoming tangible barriers and legislative constraints. The Horizontal Project MEDNICE synthesized this ground-level knowledge into two policy papers.
The lessons learned by Modular Projects' partners in this local context have been put in relation with the European policy context for energy efficiency in public buildings and with the new instruments of the European Energy Governance: the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). The final outcome is a set of policy recommendations for the National and European decision-makers.
The recommendations of the two policy papers represent a Mediterranean position that takes into account the peculiarity of the region (climate conditions, social context, financial availability etc.).
The first policy paper focuses on financing energy efficiency in public buildings, as financial resources are the real enablers of the energy renovation process (rather than technology, which is quite mature in this field). The second policy paper is devoted to information, meaning communication, education and capacity building, which is often the missing gear between plans and actions.
Integrate actions between different government levels.
There is a need for a clearer interaction between local and national administration levels.
Enforce energy audits.
There is an urgent need for the definition of the baseline: systematic enforcement of energy audits and qualification of public buildings are needed.
Mind local conditions.
Energy efficiency targets should take into account the climate conditions of the Mediterranean and the different energy uses. No one-size-fits-all approach.
Knowledge is key.
A good deal of the policy lessons related to financing have to do with improving the knowledge and expertise of those involved in the financing process.
Policy efficiency first.
Make sure that money is spent in the most efficient way. Instruments such as White Certificates allow an efficient allocation across economic agents.
Build receptive context within local authorities.
Raise local awareness to create an environment more receptive to capacity building initiatives and to energy efficiency actions.
Provide the information local public ad-ministrations need.
Capacity building pro-grams need to be carefully tailored on local needs and supplemented by accessible and transparent information services such as one-stop shops and information platforms.
Standardize and share data.
Foster standardisation of information and information exchanges within public administration and between the latter and all public building users.
Raise buildings’ users awareness to create a demand for policy action.
Sustainability-conscious local communities demand for more effective and widespread energy efficiency improvements in public buildings. This push from the bottom is one of the most powerful policy-relevant mechanism unveiled by the Modular Projects.