In this section, we present a summary of our partners including the activities they are carrying on in the project.
Nordregio is a Nordic and European research centre for regional development and planning, established by the Nordic Council of Ministers. We conduct solution-oriented and applied research, addressing current issues from both a research perspective and the viewpoint of policymakers and practitioners.
The Social Green project fits closely with our thematic focus on urban planning and sustainable development. Nordregio’s core competencies also include project coordination, mapping and GIS analysis and communications and outreach, which fits well with the coordinative role as lead partner of the Social Green Project.
CEiiA has a specific department oriented to cities, in which energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy and mobility are key competencies. One of CEiiA’s core activities is the provision of policy-relevant knowledge to local, regional and national authorities. Moreover, CEiiA is linked to RENER – Portuguese Smart Cities Network, composed of 130 municipalities, which has the power to influence regional and national policies.
It is a very interesting and challenging sector in this scope and we believe that a lot of work must be done on this topic. New and innovative approaches and trends need to be developed to find housing solutions that do not impact adversely on housing affordability, enhance urban livelihoods and contribute to the transition to a lower carbon economy.
Alba Iulia Municipality is a municipality situated in the heart of Transylvania, Romania, which for the 2014-2020 EU programs, is intending to elaborate and submit energy efficiency projects which are focused on the sustainable development of the city. The objective of the projects is to increase the energy performance by 30 – 40 % of the collective residential buildings (blocks of apartments) situated in the city, by means of thermal rehabilitation. SOCIAL GREEN Project represents an important opportunity to identify best practices in the field of energy efficiency, especially in the area of deprived neighbourhoods and social housing, thus enabling the municipalities to either develop better policies in this area or to attract specific EU funding with the aim of improving the current situation.
REA North considers Social Green as a challenging project that connects social housing and energy efficiency. In Croatia, social housing is not yet defined by law, but we expect that next legislative package will bring this definition and that along with a definition of social housing new possibilities for funding will open up. At the moment there are no direct funding opportunities for the social housing sector. The REA North is currently working on coordination of creating a business plan for a new organization that could have a lead role on the national level in an area of social housing and energy poverty.
|The Norte Regional Coordination and Development Commission is a decentralised body of the Portuguese central government tasked with coordinating, promoting and implementing, in the Norte Region of Portugal, public policies in the fields of regional planning and development, environmental and land management, and inter-regional and cross-border cooperation.|
With SOCIAL GREEN has an opportunity to deepen the knowledge on how to improve the operationalisation of the investment priorities that make up the mentioned thematic objective, namely the priority 4.3 “Support of energy efficiency, smart management of energy and renewable energy implementation in public infrastructures, including public buildings and household”, under which the greening of the social housing sector of the Norte Region is promoted.”
AGENEX , a public sector entity, has the objectives of the creation of a stable structure for the development of energy as a tool for planning; Energy planning of the Extremadura region; improvement of energy efficiency; use of regional energy resources seeking optimal supply conditions; improvement of the regional economy through the promotion of the competitiveness of companies, the increase of self-sufficiency in energy and job creation.
South Muntenia Regional Development Agency (SMRDA) was established as a non-governmental agency, non-profit and of public utility. Within the INTERREG IV C program framework, it is a body governed by a public law. Its mission is to develop and implement regional policies and programmes that lead towards the alleviation of economic and social imbalances across the region and contribute to a further sustainable and balanced development.
Through the Social Green project is an opportunity to identify best practices for the South Muntenia region municipalities in the field of energy efficiency, especially that the ROP comes to support this issue, the energy efficiency of buildings in Romania being an important chapter of the current Region.