SOLE presents its cross border policy recommendations on building energy efficiency


The building sector is the largest energy consumer in the Mediterranean area. Most public buildings, especially the historic ones, are energy inefficient as the lack of interventions over time has led to increase the annual energy consumption and the CO2 emissions. 

To tackle these common challenges, the SOLE project, cofinanced by ENI CBC MED Programme, acted at 1) technical, 2) behavioural and 3) political level.

Thanks to the project in fact, 1) various cost-efficient and innovative energy requalification interventions were implemented across the Mediterranean, 2) an awareness raising campaign against energy waste, ACT GREEN, was created and tested by the project partners and also by external organisations and 3) local stakeholder working groups were set up to gather recommendations to facilitate the realisation of energy requalification interventions on public buildings.

So far, SOLE influenced policymakers in charge of the energy sector across the Mediterranean by advocating the integration of the pilot interventions' and the ACT GREEN campaign' results into existing or new policies.

Now project SOLE is ready to share a new set of cross-border policy recommendations with the aim to deliver a strategic vision and a set of actions designed to influence and determine all major decisions and actions concerning green building rehabilitation: this document is based on an integration and further elaboration of the local stakeholder working groups' recommendations.

In this document, policy makers, technicians and citizens will find:

A) the state of the art of energy refurbishment policies in each SOLE country, how the main actors of civil society imagine the public building of tomorrow and what is the process to be activated to make public buildings resilient to climate change;

B) a set of policy recommendations provided as a result of the transnational analysis carried out by the SOLE partners throughout the life of the project. The cross-border recommendations are addressed to policy makers of Mediterranean countries as a guideline to support them in checking the effectiveness of energy policies in order to facilitate energy requalification interventions of public buildings.

A decalogue of transnational policy recommendations can be found in the conclusions of the document.

The staff of the SOLE project wishes everyone a good read: please don't hesitate to share this document with professionals and politicians working in the energy sector and don't forget to cite or tag @soleprojectmed.

>> Download SOLE's cross border policy recommendations