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SERPENTE last event - final conference in Florence

The final conference of the project in Florence on 21st November, 2014 gathered many experts and stakeholders. Prominent Italian politicians, from local and international level, international experts from Sweden, Ireland and Cyprus were guests and panelists of the conference held in prestigious Palazzo Vecchio.

The conference was opened by Sergio Gatteschi, from Florence Energy Agency, who described shortly the partners of the Serpente Project and the purpose of the conference. Elisabetta Meucci from Florence Local Council,  underlined the importance of the initiatives of this kind and  the possibilities of exchange of practices.

Prof. Riccardo Basosi from University od Siena, Italian representative in the energy committee of Horizon 2020 showed prioritiies to reach secure, clean and eficient energy.

Cllr Alan Coleman, Cork County Mayor had a keynote speech on Covenant of Mayors and Sustainable Energy Action Plans, sharing the experiences of Irish local governments in the European context.  Prof. Alessandro Mordini from Italian Research National Center made a case study on the renewable energy.Solar cells, Photovoltaics, batteries were deeply explored.

Elisa Milos from INTERREG IVC JTS explained EU Interregional Cooperation and its state of play and perspectives. Sara Banchi presented the Serpente Project overview and the summary movie.

Strategy for an energy efficient and renewable city was the subject of  presentation by
Carina Tempel, City of Malmo, one of the project partner. That was a good introduction into a panel discussion in which Sharon Corcoran - Director of Environmental Services, Cork County Council , Athena Yiannaka - Executive Engineer of Aglantzia Municipality from Cyprus, Sergio Gatteschi - Florentine Energy Agency and Carina Tempel herself had a conversation on energy targets, regional incentives and the approach to the energy efficiency change. The future of energy efficiency and the advantages of actions like Serpente were also discussed.

Project's final conference was organized under honorary patronage of the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, Tuscany Region and Commune Di Firenze.

The project presentation will available to download on conference website.

 

The SERPENTE project tackles the specific theme of energy efficiency in publicly owned or managed buildings. SERPENTE kicked off in April 2012.

The main goal of the project was to improve energy efficiency in publicly owned and managed buildings, through improved public policies.

Its specific objectives were:

  • To raise awareness and knowledge among policy makers, citizens and target groups, on the potential and practical application of energy efficiency in publicly owned and managed buildings;
  • To promote responsible energy consumption among public building users, through practical, tested solutions;
  • To enhance energy performance of publicly owned and managed buildings through the development of a manual, with good practices for increasing energy effectiveness and guidelines for developing rational energy policy.

The project brought together 10 partners from 10 different countries:

  • Florentine Energy Agency
  • City of Malmö
  • Local Energy and Climate Agency - Metropolitan district of Bordeaux and the Gironde
  • Cyprus Energy Agency
  • Urban Centre - Brussels Energy
  • Agency Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
  • Barcelona Provincial Council
  • Energy Agency of Vysocina
  • Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia
  • Cork County Council

SERPENTE, led by Florentine Energy Agency, Italy, is based on exchange of experiences, both positive ones to be replicated and negative ones to avoid further mistakes. Activities included:

  • Meetings, study visits, subgroup work
  • Identification of good practices and elaboration of context analysis at regional and EU level – coordinated by Urban Centre - Brussels Energy Agency, Belgium
  • Pilot actions to test identified good practices – coordinated by City of Malmö, Sweden
  • Communication activities – coordinated by the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia, Poland

At project outset partners identified the main focus of their analysis to be chosen between: historical buildings, social housing, sports facilities, offices and schools.

5 criteria were used to analyse good practices available within these categories: Availability of results, Level of Innovation, Sustainability, Building maintenance, Transferability. The aim was to facilitate an in-depth exchange and to ease potential transfer of good practices from one partner to another by looking for specific information from the very beginning of project activities.

Partners undertook an analysis of their territories to identify strengths and weaknesses and drafted their context analysis.

Each partner focused on listing and studying relevant good practices related to existing buildings, belonging to their subgroups and to energy efficiency policy. 5 pilot partners also undertook activities for the development of specific pilot actions inspired by good practices and policies identified and analysed by project partners.

During the project, partners organised activities to involve relevant external stakeholders and study visits / seminars to examine the exchanged good practices and learn more about energy efficiency improvement. Examples include the visit to Sofielundsskolan (Malmö), a thought-provoking example of how to design and carry out coordinated investment in overall building performance, not only to improve energy efficiency but also overall functionality. The renovation was linked to educational initiatives, which explained the importance of energy efficiency to the next generation and made them accustomed to energy efficiency systems as part of their everyday life. The study visit to the Meyer Hospital allowed partners to appreciate the importance of linking architectural style to energy efficiency in order to create efficient, comfortable and sustainable venues. They visited also renovated historical buildings such as La Fàbrica del Sol (Barcelona), which used to contain the offices of the Catalan Gas factory and was fully refurbished, incorporating environmental solutions and the Strovolos Muncipal Library in Cyprus. In terms of social housing one good example of urban rehabilitation presented within the project was the Savonnerie Heymans  in Bruxelles.

Over the 3 year project partners organised Regional focus group meetings to involve relevant stakeholders. The aims was to share the results of all project activities and to understand their needs using a bottom up approach with the idea of matching local problems with solutions available in the SERPENTE partnership. Partners successfully involved representatives of Local Councils, Enterprises, Associations, and Public Administrations at regional and national level.

The final conference of the project in Florence on 21st November, 2014 gathered many experts and stakeholders. Prominent Italian politicians, from local and international level, international experts from Sweden, Ireland and Cyprus were guest and panelists of the conference held in prestigious Palazzo Vecchio. The event presented the project's achievements and there was discussion on good practices, pilot actions and policy recommendation in Surpassing Energy Targets through Efficient Public Buildings. 

Project's conference was organized under honorary patronage of the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, Tuscany Region and Comune Di Firenze.

 

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