Another brick in the wall: The MEDNICE Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) Community

By Miriam Eisermann on 10 October 2017

Last week, the MEDNICE umbrella project funded by the EU Interreg Med programme, and the 10 projects it supports have invited representatives from public authorities, the financing and construction sector, businesses and research institutes to discuss energy efficiency of public buildings in the Mediterranean area – and to grow a community of like-minded people, eager to make a real change. In an area covering 13 countries from Portugal to Cyprus, a number of (even non-technological) barriers still induce high consumption and expenses. And this, even though a wealth of natural resources and a conducive climate do provide excellent conditions for greening public buildings.

A Community backed by high-level players

Buildings have a lifetime much longer than us humans.
That is how Jorge Borrego, Deputy Secretary General from the Union for Mediterranean recalled the transgenerational character of efficiency measures. Each decision has a long-lasting impact and should, therefore, be taken thoughtfully and with a holistic approach. Mr. Borrego was one of five high-level speakers during the inaugural roundtable setting the European policy scene, moderated by Alain Jaffre from Cobaty International.

As the very first speaker, Director General for Energy at the European Commission, Mr. Dominique Ristori presented the pillars of the Clean Energy for All package and the enormous potential to be tapped into thanks to upcoming revised legislation (improved regulations, technologies and funding).
In terms of funding opportunities, Pierre-Emmanuel Noël, Senior Banker at the European Bank for Investment, provided a panorama of schemes aiming at the efficiency of buildings. With 100 billion euros earmarked for the next five years, the EIB aims at accelerating measures in renewables, efficiency and distribution networks all around Europe. Local authorities dispose of the EIB Advisory Hub which provides free support on feasibility studies, energy audits, etc.
Experiences and know-how are also shared by EASME who was represented in Nice by its Director Julien Guerrier. Its platforms like Build Up and ManagEnergy can be both a valuable source of information as well as a partner for spreading very specific Mediterranean best practices like the ones developed within the 10 Modular Projects. Thierry Méraud, International Affairs expert at ADEME highlighted the cooperation projects led by his agency and welcomed connecting them with MEDNICE activities.

An informal, inspiring alliance

Exchange of experiences is one of three objectives that Energy Cities and its partners target with the MEDNICE EEB Community: Reaching out to a larger group of people to

  • Foster mutual learning
  • Improve visibility of best renovation and construction practices produced within the Interreg Med projects, and
  • Influence policy for stronger EU and national regulatory frameworks.

Designed as an informal alliance, the Community is meant to complement not to substitute existing initiatives thanks to its particular Euro-Mediterranean focus. That is also why organisations like the World Green Building Council, Construction 21 or the French National Energy Agency ADEME will play an important role in the MEDNICE EEB Community.

Sign in to join other Mediterranean building experts

A mailing list allows interested readers to join our informal Community: you will not only learn from peers, but you can yourself share your solutions, questions, interesting events happening around the Mediterranean.

Your ideas will feed our work in the next twelve months, until we will meet again in Slovenia in 2018 for the next MEDNICE Annual Congress.

In the meantime, follow the activities of the EEB Community on our social media

Behind the MEDNICE project stand experienced organizations such as its coordinator the Euromed Cities Network (through the City of Nice), Energy Cities, the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, the Euro-Mediterranean University EMUNI, the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, and the Region of North Aegean (representing the CPMR Balkan and Black Sea Commission). The project lasts 30 months from end of 2016 till 2019.

To get an overview of MEDNICE and the 10 Modular project that are experimenting and implementing innovative solutions for capacity-building, funding and energy management:
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