Why & How

Energy Efficiency in the path of decarbonisation

Decarbonisation is probably the most important social challenge that humanity is facing in the new millennium. The future low-carbon society will benefit from cheap and secure renewable energies, changing economic and business models in a more sustainable way and reframing competition for natural resources. The European Union is designing a new architecture for the energy sector (with the Energy Union Strategy and the recent Winter Package) whose the two main pillars are the development of renewable energies and untapping the full potential of energy efficiency. 

Buildings are an ideal target for energy efficiency improvements. Considering their high energy consumption, the actual status of the building stocks and the availability of cost-effective technologies, there are tremendous margins of improvement in this sector. Moreover, public buildings represent a perfect starting point, because public authorities own a large share of the total building stock and so they can open new routes, giving the example and taking the lead to decarbonisation.

MED Efficient Buildings Community

The MED Efficient Buildings Community, established within the Interreg MED programme framework, was created exactly to power up this transformation, specifically in the Mediterranean region. The community brings together local and national public authorities, energy agencies, enterprises and research organizations to exchanges methodologies, experiences and tools and to play a unique and influential role on the European policy stage.

The Community uses a bottom-up approach: it follows ten different projects involving local stakeholders in different European regions and it tries to understand their specific needs for a successful implementation. All lessons learnt from these diverse experiences will be distilled into policy recommendations and the Community will advocate for them in the relevant policy environments. It will be a unique opportunity for the Mediterranean countries' to contribute to the European policy dialogue on energy efficiency in public buildings.