Supporting SEAP implementation in SardiniaSala Carmelo, viale Umberto – Sassari
Personnel from local administrations with responsibility for SEAP co-ordination • municipal staff involved in sectors relevant for SEAP action implementation • energy agencies • private consultants • other local stakeholders
Organised by the energy agency Punto Energia Provincia di Sassari (PEPS) of the Province of Sassari in coordination with ManagEnergy, this workshop took place over one and a half days on 9 – 10 May.
The province of Sassari is an outstanding example among Italian provinces in that each of its 66 municipalities has submitted sustainable energy action plans. There was therefore strong interest from various parties in understanding the steps leading from planning to implementation of SEAPS.
SMEs were the focus of the first day, in particular the tourism business, which in Sardinia is one of the most important industries and one of the best-positioned to benefit from sustainable energy efforts. SMEs account for a large percentage of the tourism industry on the island. This was reflected in the backgrounds of many participants who offered detailed accounts of best practices in the field.
Claudia Carani, from the Modena Energy Agency, offered a detailed account of sustainable hotel and tourist accommodation facilities, best practices, and experiences in the field from the RELACS project. Marcello Antinucci from Ecuba Srl, presented on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the commercial sector.
— For examples of the tourist/accommodation sector’s investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy measures see: http://www.relacs.eu/
— Energy efficiency and renewable energy in the commercial sector: experience and good practices Presentation by Marcello Antinucci , ECUBA
One question that emerged was how small businesses can take the first steps in introducing sustainable energy improvements. Enterprises often benefit greatly by grouping together into networks in order to help find common solutions.
Another matter at the heart of discussion was how to enable financing of energy efficiency retrofits and other clean energy projects for SMEs when certain types of funding instruments enforce minimum thresholds for payout: There is a need to link smaller sustainable energy projects at the SME level—with costs typically in the range of € 50.000 to € 200.000—to sources of financing that typically only do business in the millions of euros per project.
Gavino Sini, Chairman of the Sassari Chamber of Commerce, reminded the panel that there is an effective new tool for doing this in Italy called Rete di imprese. The proposed solution would be to bundle multiple independent companies, which may be represented by a single participant, who can represent and sign agreements on behalf of the network, without the creation of a new entity as a consortium.
— Read more about Rete di imprese and find examples of it being applied here (IT).
Access to financing was also a major theme of the second day, which focused mainly on public authority-driven projects and initiatives. A number of examples of successful projects and approaches to financing were described.
— Learn about Modena municipality’s successful bid for €54 million in ELENA (European Local ENergy Assistance) funding for their energy efficiency project: http://www.managenergy.net/ea/articles/4#.Uffeao2nrLN
— For a good overview of European Financial Instruments for the implementation of Sustainable Action Plans—ELENA, EEEF, and ELENA-MLEI—view Vicky Argyraki’s presentation from the workshop.
Invited experts also presented on public private partnerships for the implementation of SEAPs and strategies of the Province of Sassari in SEAP implementation.
— View Claudia Carani’s presentation on the subject (IT).
There was also strong interest in the European Investment Bank’s € 70 million JESSICA (Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas) Holding Fund, created in 2011, devoted to urban renewal for energy efficiency in Sardinia’s main provincial capitals and renewable energy throughout the region. Representatives from two banks managing the fund—the Bank of Sardinia and Intesa San Paolo - EQUITER—were in attendance and explained the details of their involvement.
— All about JESSICA: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/thefunds/instruments/jessica_en.cfm
— Structural Cohesion Funds for energy efficiency in buildings 2007-2013: An overview
Indications are good that, following the workshop, many participants involved in the local hotel/SME sector will group together, with the help of the Sassari Chamber of Commerce, to start on energy upgrades and maintenance, and may consider joining to develop a common street lighting project through access to JESSICA Sardinia funds.
Location details: Sala Carmelo, viale Umberto – Sassari
Event website: http://www.managenerg...
Name: Antonio Giovanni Rassu
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