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Follow in Région Rhône-Alpes’ footsteps – utilise eeef Technical Assistance

Case study Région Rhône-Alpes: school and public infrastructure improved by SPL OSER created added value for students/citizens and is leading the way for further refurbishment projects in the public sector

In 2013, Région Rhône-Alpes launched a comprehensive refurbishment programme for public buildings in the region. The programme follows feasibility and preparation works financed by the European Commission Technical Assistance Facility, offered by the eeef. Eight schools, a city hall and a library were upgraded in four different locations in the region by SPL OSER, a regional energy service operator created for that purpose. A total investment of €20m was realised in three years with an additional €5m to be finalised in 2017. eeef provided a project loan for the construction. The project is expected to achieve 58% of carbon savings compared to the baseline.

For more information watch the project story: Video: Building retrofit in the Région Rhône-Alpes

As voiced in the video, Mr Éric Fournier (Vice-président délégué à l'environnement, au développement durable, à l’énergie et aux Parcs Naturels Régionaux) stated: “the support and advice from eeef and the strong political desire at the regional level to create better prospects for the energy refurbishment of public buildings were crucial. The eeef played a key role in getting this important energy refurbishment programme off the ground.”

Based on eeef’s involvement and experience in numerous TA projects, the Fund set up the eeef TA Facility (eeef TAF) to support ambitious public beneficiaries in developing bankable sustainable energy investment programmes.

The eeef TAF, which has received funding from the ELENA Facility under Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union, is supporting two projects to date: City of Gijón (Spain) and Ferrara Province (Italy) - for public building renovation and street lighting upgrade. Both TA beneficiaries are developing the projects with support from the eeef and its consultancy team to deliver around €35m worth of green investment programmes. The preliminary data screening for energy audits and the validation of street lighting infrastructure have been commenced with the first tender expected to be published in November 2017.

eeef is welcoming other European public authorities to follow suit the above mentioned case studies in launching comparable projects – the new eeef Technical Assistance is available for further applications. Please visit: eeef Technical Assistance - How to apply



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First time award to a Belgian energy retrofit project won by RenoWatt - project facilitated by eeef’s European Commission TA Facility

Liège (Belgium) – RenoWatt, carrying out energy retrofit of public buildings in the Liège province, wins the ‘Best Energy Project 2017’ award. It was attributed by the European Commission and the Berliner Energie Agentur in Berlin (Germany), for targeting climate change and the specific needs of participating public authorities.
RenoWatt is an initiative of the Groupement de Redéploiement Economique Liège (GRE-Liège) launched in November 2014. GRE-Liège, representing initially ten public authorities located in the province of Liege (before they were joined by new municipalities), received Technical Assistance (TA) funds from eeef’s European Commission TA Facility to enhance energy efficiency by pooling smaller projects, thereby removing technical, administrative and financial barriers that hinder public institutions to implement green investment programmes. This TA project aimed at developing the launch of both light and deep retrofit projects through EPC models for public buildings, such as schools, administrative buildings and historic sites, as well as the upgrade of street lighting systems belonging to the different public authorities. RenoWatt, a one-stop-shop, provided technical, legal and financial expertise fulfilling the individual needs of the participating public authorities, while seeking innovative funding solutions and promoting local businesses and employment in the area.
Starting with an initial investment volume of approx. EUR43m, the ambitious project was scaled up over time and awarded four EPCs amounting to EUR51.9m as well as a one further EPC for the Huy Regional Hospital (CHRH) amounting to EUR8m (total of EUR60m including maintenance). In total 64 sites representing 134 buildings have been renovated for the Liège Province, the cities of Liège, Seraing, Herstal, Verviers and the municipalities of Oupeye, Bassenge and Trois-Ponts. The project was financed via local sources receiving a loan from Belfius (Belgian Smart City Fund). 
The eeef team is congratulating GRE-Liège for the excellent achievement in providing a tailored response to climate change issues in the province of Liège. Zarpana Signor, Technical Assistance Manager of the eeef, added: “The GRE-Liège team in cooperation with the participating public authorities achieved the implementation of a lighthouse building refurbishment project in an ambitious timeframe attracting now further municipalities to join energy transition efforts. In addition to the Jewish Museum Berlin project (Germany) and the University Hospital S. Orsola Malpighi project (Italy), RenoWatt is the third eeef project honoured with an award which we are very proud of.”

The European Energy Efficiency Fund (eeef) S.A., SICAV-SIF is a “société d’investissement à capital variable” governed by Luxembourg law and initiated by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Investment Bank. eeef increased the initial capitalisation provided by the European Commission with contributions from the sponsors European Investment Bank, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti as well as the investment manager Deutsche Bank. eeef is an innovative public-private partnership dedicated to mitigate climate change through energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy in the member states of the European Union.

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