We are glad to present you the first newsletter of the ENSURE project, created thanks to the generous effort of all project partners.
The EnSURE acronym stands for Energy Savings in Urban Quarters through Rehabilitation and New Ways of Energy Supply.
EnSURE focuses on enhancing energy efficiency of urban structures through an integrated approach. With a joint elaboration of all partners we will work out practical guidelines to energy efficient renewal of buildings and city quarters, public awareness strategies and financing instruments.
We are happy as lead-partner transferring our long-standing experiences in sustainable, integrated urban development and working together with all the European partners in this fruitful co-operation.
We would like to express our thanks to all partners and to all who contributed to the successful application and the first implementation results on the EnSURE project.
We hope you will enjoy the reading and we look forward to hearing from you.
We wish all of our friends and partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Then EnSURE may be interesting for you!
EnSURE (Energy Savings in Urban Quarters through Rehabilitation and New Ways of Energy Supply) is a Central European project running from May 2010 to April 2013. It develops innovative approaches to raise energy efficiency through urban development and the rehabilitation of the building stock.
EnSURE is a partnership of 13 municipalities, development agencies, residential building cooperatives and research institutes from Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. Lead Partner is the City of Ludwigsburg (Germany).
EnSURE strives to develop strategies for an energetic rehabilitation of the building stock and energy efficiency in urban development.
The project generates from the rationale that energy waste, CO2 emission and air pollution in European cities are largely due to the old building stock and inefficient heating systems. It is thus necessary to encourage and support the refurbishment of private and public buildings. The relevant stakeholders need to be motivated and financial means must be offered for refurbishment activities. However, these activities should not be single operations spread all over the city area, but should be carried out in the context of a long term, integrated development strategy for the individual urban quarter or even the whole city area.
The EnSURE project website has now been launched! Have a close look on www.ensure-project.eu to know more about the project aims and activities!
The EnSURE kick off meeting took place on July 12 and 13 in Debrecen, Hungary. Despite the holiday season and the preceding football world cup finals in South Africa, the partners were highly motivated to get to know each other and to fill the project with life.
Starting with an informal get-together on Sunday evening, the participants had the opportunity to familiarize with each other before the official part of the meeting.
The official meeting was opened on Monday by the welcome speeches of Mr. Ferenc Miklóssy, Head of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hajdú-Bihar County, Prof. Dr. Csaba Berde on behalf of the University of Debrecen, Head of Institute of Management and Organization Sciences and Dr. Jozsef Galyasz, President of the Eastern-Hungarian European Initiations Foundation.
Representing the Lead Partner, Mr Albert Geiger, head of the department for sustainable urban development of the municipality of Ludwigsburg, delivered the opening speech.
Technical background was given by the external project managers of the Wüstenrot Haus- und Städtebau GmbH. They presented the requirements of the project and financial management as well as the foreseen transnational activities of the EnSURE project. Subsequently, Ms Helga Depasquale, finance manager at the Joint Technical Secretariat, informed the project partners on the reporting guidelines and the general principles of eligibility.
The core part of the meeting was the presentation of each project partner. The partners of the scientific advisory team presented their specific scientific profiles and their contribution to the transnational project results. The local and regional partners highlighted the transnational challenges of the EnSURE project and gave an overview on the planned local activities.
In between the presentations, the EnSURE partners plunged into work. In three working group sessions, led by members of the scientific advisory team, a common basis for a joint transnational energy concept at district level was defined. The project partners discussed the content of such a concept and identified key actors of an energy efficient urban development.
The programme was topped off with a field excursion around Debrecen to the latest examples of using renewable energies in urban infrastructure.
Right after the kick off meeting, Agenda 21 started preparing the basic knowledge handbook. This handbook contains all relevant basic information gathered at the beginning of the project.
It lists the partners’ experience in all fields of energy efficient urban development and informs about external institutions that can give profound information on relevant topics. It compiles relevant documents and publications of the project partners. And it assembles the lessons learnt from former INTERREG projects on energy efficiency and urban development.
All EnSURE project partners put their efforts into the compilation of the relevant information gathered by Agenda 21. Meanwhile, the basic knowledge handbook is close to completion and will soon be published on the project’s website.
At local level, the partners are starting with a status-quo analysis on physical and technical characteristics and the quality of infrastructure, the different local power supply systems and future potentials to enhance the energy performance of urban areas. Based on the identified potentials, energy efficient urban development concepts and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP) will be elaborated. The concepts and action plans will be the basis for the selection of pilot projects.
In parallel to the local activities, the partners are going to develop a joint transnational concept for energy efficient urban development. The concept has to apply an integrated approach considering different sectors, e.g. building construction, local/regional energy supply, financial matters, social affairs, architectural and urban design as well as environmental and economic issues. Besides the infrastructural and technical framework, social aspects and the needs of the citizens will be considered.
The transnational strategy will be discussed and developed in local workshops and cross-sectoral working groups. The participation of all relevant stakeholders is a prerequisite for the successful implementation of the concepts. Due to the early involvement of the local/regional level, the transnational strategy will be reflecting the challenges and needs of towns in Central Europe. This proceeding ensures the transnational transferability and application of the developed concept.
A highlight in early 2011 will be the partner meeting in Genoa in February.
Boldog Karácsonyi Ünnepeket!
City of Ludwigsburg
Ms. Sandra Kölmel
Wüstenrot Haus- und Städtebau GmbH
Mr. Jens Freudenberg / Ms. Simone Jung