With Directive 2012 / 27 / EU and Directive 2010 / 31 Energy performance of the Buildings Energy Efficiency produces a breakthrough in European policies. The objectives as well as tools of intervention and verification oblige member countries to immediately adopt a clear strategy for the improvement of the performances of the buildings. The EU Directive proposes that after 2020 all new buildings must be zero energy buildings and those buildings will also be Near zero CO2 emission buildings due to energy use (NZCO2EB). Although there has been much recent focus on measures to reduce the emissions from new buildings, the existing building stock remains largely untouched and many refurbishment projects miss opportunities to reduce emissions and deliver low CO2 buildings. ZERCO2 will define near zero CO2 emission buildings due to energy use (NZCO2EB) and present the various benefits which result from this type of building.

The 1st Partnership meeting looked forward to addressing the aforementioned with the intention of creating a set of results that takes an interregional approach and will engage policy makers from different European regions to reduce CO2 emissions and to speed the transition to sustainable development at local, regional, national and European levels. Through interregional cooperation, regions will identify, share and transfer innovative methodologies, technologies, processes and good practices in developing and implementing Near zero CO2 emission buildings due to energy use policies, targeting new constructions or retrofitting existing buildings. In executing the project, exchange activities will create the process of presenting different options of energy sources and different technologies that can be used locally, regionally and nationally that will contribute to decrease of CO2 emissions, while supporting regional development.

It was agreed during the kick-off meeting that Each partner will organize the first stakeholders group seminar in September 2016 in order to involve the stakeholders to the project and to present the first results of the Project during the 2nd partner meeting which will be held in Berlin, Germany on the 14/15th September 2016.