The “Interregional cooperation for energy transition” day was organised in Florence on the 27th of June  2018 by the REBUS project, in cooperation with the VIOLET and SET-UP projects.    

The event, designed by Resolvo Srl and supported by the European Institute for Innovation, was organised  within the framework of Interreg Europe, the Programme that funds all the projects involved in the activities  carried out throughout the day,  in the light of the Energy Days in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2018. It brought together 80 attendees from 14 Interreg Europe projects  grouping 98 partners. The total budget represented by the projects that participated in the event amounted to  €22.765.259. 

The aim of the event was to foster interregional cooperation and make it more concrete thanks to participative activities and a business-oriented approach. Participants helped co-create the event... And so we did!

Guided by the desire to make Interreg Europe exchange more concrete, the Interregional Cooperation for Energy Transition event was designed with a business-oriented approach in mind. In this framework, why not using tools designed for business, where the objective is to maximise the investment? 

Suppose you are a funding organisation with budget to spend and priorities to identify in the field of Energy  Transition. What better than asking your partners and stakeholders to present their approaches to get  inspired by them? The role play of the Business Case competition organised in Florence was based on this  concept.

14 Interreg Europe projects focusing on different aspects of the Energy Transition presented their  approaches and tried to convince the audience to vote for them.  The project MOLOC won the 1st award, REBUS the second one... and BUILD2LC got the 3rd prize!

Carlos Serra (centre), project manager of BUILD2LC for the Andalusian Energy Agency (lead partner)  chose to compete with the business case: "System Dominum -  Increasing energy efficency in buildings by greatly enhancing your home’s value" on behalf of LEAG, our Slovenian partner repersented by Crtomir Kurnik (left), to show the Good Practice System Dominum, by Tomaz Kristof (right), from Studio Kristof Architects.

System Dominum proposes to build a new modern envelope instead of renovating the existing one plus, when  possible, an addition  on top of the  building. This concept  refers not only to  energy rehabilitation in  buildings, but also to  an economically  sustainable approach  that might change the  look of the most humble neighbourhoods all over Europe and, over all, a prompt solution to earthquake hazard in seismic regions.

From the point of view of municipalities, applying the System Dominum  concept could be better than increasing city surface. Often the available area is  scarce, and green areas should be kept as green as they already are.  Moreover, it focuses on cheap dwellings and social housings, precisely the  buildings that are harder to renovate. Pioneering municipalities,  such as Ljubljana, have a plan to direct their own local funds for such renovations. 

More info: Full day report here.