The University Centre of Energy Efficient Buildings, Czech Technical University in Prague organized a workshop devoted to the issue of financial instruments to support energy measures that was attended by 90 representatives of managing authorities, beneficiaries of financial support, representatives of municipalities, small and medium-sized enterprises, industry, consultancy firms, banking sector and academic community. The event took place on 12th September 2017 in the building of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Prague (you can see more pictures here).

The workshop was opened by Vladimír Sochor, the Director of the Department of Energy Efficiency and Savings of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. He summarized the current situation in the available operational programmes and highlighted other options to increase the overall volume of energy savings. Luděk Jaroš of the Ministry for Regional Development stated the key prerequisites for the application of the financial instrument in the Integrated Regional Operational Program. Then the contribution of Miloš Rybička from the State Environmental Fund followed, which informed the participants about the detailed setup of the financial instrument under the Operational Programme for the Environment. The morning block was closed by Petr Mydlil (CTU UCEEB) presentation summarising the essentials of the energy study. Practical experience of implementing energy measures into practice was the focus of the afternoon session. Jaroslav Klusák, Energy Manager of Litoměřice, introduced the town’s approach to prepare quality projects to introduce new technologies and long-term energy savings. Details of the EPC project process with the emphasis on management and modification after implementation was specified by Radim Kohoutek from DS Energy Consulting. The final discussion reflected the topics discussed in the afternoon block. There was calling to raise awareness about successful energy projects, to work with individual target groups in a long term, and to improve information sharing. Project FINERPOL The workshop took place within the European project FINERPOL, "New policies for growth and jobs combining the resources of the European Regional Development Fund with the financial instruments for energy investment in buildings". The project is supported by the INTERREG EUROPE Program financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).