#SOLEenergyTALKS contributed to mapping key issues and solutions to facilitate energy requalification of public buildings in the Mediterranean

Back in February and March 2023, Anci Toscana organised two brainstorming meetings called #SOLEenergyTALKS in Florence, Italy.

The #SOLEenergyTALKS were carried out as part of SOLE, a project led by Anci Toscana, together with 10 partners, which aims at developing and implementing innovative / sustainable energy requalification strategies and interventions on public buildings in the Mediterranean. 
SOLE is co-financed by ENI CBC MED Programme. 

Thanks to the #SOLEenergyTALKS, local stakeholders (technicians, professionals and trade associations, institutions and policy makers) where involved in an informal conversation on how to facilitate the implementation of the necessary energy requalification interventions on public buildings to achieve the climate goals for 2030 and 2050. 

Both meetings were led by a facilitator and a designer: keywords and main concepts were mapped by both of them, with post-it notes and live sketches on a digital board. The final version of the illustration can be found here.

31 people took part to the first meeting and 26 to the second one, for a total amount of 57 stakeholders from 25 organisations including AESS, Agenzia del Demanio, Anci Toscana, ARRR, ASL Toscana Nord Ovest, CASA SPA, CET, Città Metropolitana, Comune di Firenze, Comune di Prato, Comune di Scarperia e San Piero, ENCO S.r.l., ESTRACOM, Fondazione Italiana Bioarchitettura, Green Building Council Italia, Green office UNIFI e RUS, Irecoop, Legambiente Toscana, Ministero della Cultura, NWG Energia Spa Sb, Regione Toscana, Resolvo, SUD Concept, UNIFI DIDA Bexlab and Università di Firenze.

Participants to the first #SOLEenergyTALKS meeting which took place in Florence, on Feb.22nd 2023. 

The main topics discussed included:

  1. Historic buildings: how can they be requalified in terms of energy, taking into account architectural / urban planning regulations and constraints?
  2. Technologies for reducing and monitoring consumption: which exhisting solutions can be already used and which new ones should be introduced?
  3. Renewable energy communities: how can public buildings assets become active producers of renewable energy in the context of energy communities?
  4. Behaviors: what actions and solutions should be implemented to raise people's awareness and help reduce the energy impact of public buildings?
  5. Financing: which are best practices and recommendations for defining financing strategies and tools for energy requalification processes and intervention?
  6. Governance: how can governance processes for the energy requalifications of 
  7. public buildings be encouraged and fostered?
  8. Training and empowerment: how can better skills and competences among organizations and individuals be built and fostered to allow for the implementation of more efficient energy requalification processes in public buildings? 

Participants to the second #SOLEenergyTALKS meeting which took place in Florence, on Mar.24th 2023. 

A list of key issues and solutions which emerged from the discussion, with regards to the listed topics, will be included in SOLE's policy reccomentation paper which will be presented at the final project event in Florence in September 2023.