RE-GREEN - REgional Policies Towards GREEN Buildings



Over the last two years, the concept of 'green economy' has moved to the mainstream of the international and European policy discourse (OECD, UN, EC). The greening of economies has the potential of being a new engine of growth, contributing to sustainable economic development, creation of jobs, social equity and poverty reduction. New enabling conditions are required to promote the transition to a green economy. Therefore, it is essential to produce new and appropriate policy instruments to foster green growth, where some key sectors are critical, namely the building sector.

The building sector is one of the main contributors to the global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Furthermore, the greatest energy saving potential lies in buildings, due to the fact that almost 40% of the final energy consumption takes place in buildings.

In this framework is important to highlight the key role of public policy and public authorities, taking into account that public buildings represent about 12% by area of the EU building stock. As outlines the Green Economy Report (2011) the government-owned buildings (schools, hospitals, social housing units, etc.) are ideal to begin implementing greener building policies, including green public procurement.

In this framework, the aim of the project is to help regions in improving, developing and implementing green building policies oriented to the enhancement of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies as a means of contributing to the development of green regions.

INTELI as the project leader plays the role of coordination and management activities of the project and additionally act as knowledge partner with the responsibility for developing a policy recommendation guide focused on green buildings.


To contribute for improving regional development policies oriented to the promotion of green regions within the new paradigm of the Green Economy, with a special focus on greening the building sector through the enhancement of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies.

To promote the exchange of experiences oriented to the identification and transfer of good practices, methodologies and processes in the development and implementation of new policy tools of green buildings, aiming at retrofitting existent public sector buildings.

To encourage innovative policy solutions for green buildings, namely green public procurement, supporting regions in renovate and retrofit public but also private buildings. Public authorities acting as leading examples in introducing energy efficiency measures in public-owned buildings.


SELF-ASSESSMENT REPORTS: Each partner region will produce a Self-Assessment Report centred on energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings.

GOOD PRACTICES GUIDE: Each partner region will identify a set of good practices related to energy efficient and green buildings to be shared and transferred to other regions.

REGIONAL/LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION PLANS: Each partner region will produce a Regional Implementation Plan related to the integration of the lessons learnt during the cooperation process into its local/regional policies. These plans should be endorsed by public authorities.

POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS: A Policy Recommendations document will be produced focused on greening the building sector through the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

SYSTEM OF INDICATORS ON GREEN BUILDINGS POLICIES: A System of Indicators on Green Buildings will be developed in order to help regions in monitoring the implementation of the actions proposed in Regional Implementation Plans.


INTELI - Intelligence in Innovation (Portugal) - Lead partner, University of Potsdam (Germany), Municipality of Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland), Tartu Regional Energy Agency (Estonia), Nordregio: Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Sweden), Regional Government of Extremadura (Spain), City of Mizil (Romania), Dublin City Council (Ireland), Building for the Future Limited (UK), Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (Slovenia).

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