EnSURE-Newsletter 3 – December 2011

Central Europe cooperating for success - European Union European Regional Development Fund

Dear readers,

Welcome to the third newsletter of the ENSURE project, created thanks to the generous efforts of all project partners.

We are pleased to present some of our mid-term results: the actions of the Polish partner RSM “Praga” to mobilise local residents in energy savings and renewable energies. This is part of the elaborated EnSURE transnational participation strategy. Another example is the innovative financing instrument "Impresapiù" from our Italian partner Development Agency GAL Genovese.

Based on the mid-term results open trainings will take place in Berlin, Budapest, Padua and Kranj in February and March 2012. All interested parties are cordially invited to participate.

We would like to express our thanks for their close collaboration to all partners and to all who contributed to the mid-term results.

We wish all of our friends and partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Kind regards,

Albert Geiger
Lead-Partner EnSURE
City of Ludwigsburg, Head of Department
of Sustainable Urban Development

Sandra Kölmel
Lead-Partner EnSURE, project manager
City of Ludwigsburg, Department of Sustainable
Urban Development


EnSURE invites to share knowledge

In February and March 2012, the EnSURE partnership will offer four trainings on energy efficient urban development. The trainings shall sensitise an external audience for integrated urban development and energy efficient rehabilitation. They will allow for an exchange of experience with cities facing similar challenges. 

At the trainings, the partnership will present best practice identified, the experience gained through the pilot projects, and the methods jointly developed. Major emphasis is placed on integrated sustainable development concepts at urban district level.

The one-day trainings will take place in Berlin, Budapest, Padua (Italy) and Kranj (Slovenia). Conference language will in each case be the language of the hosting partner. The training programme has been developed jointly by the EnSURE partnership and is based on the overall project results. At each venue, the programme is completed with practical local examples.

Participants are invited among representatives of local authorities from Central Europe, politicians at regional and national level, representatives of associations, federations etc. involved in the subject.



Contact and registration

22 February 2012

Budapest, Hungary

Mr János B. Kocsis
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

6 March 2012

Padua, Italy

Ms Claudia Bissacco
Agenda 21 Consulting srl

9 March 2012

Berlin, Germany

Ms Silja Schade-Bünsow
Förderverein Bundesstiftung Baukultur e.V.

19 March 2012

Kranj, Slovenia

Ms Helena Cvenkel
Business Support Centre Kranj


EnSURE partnership meets in Slovenia

On the last days of September 2011, all 13 EnSURE partners met in the Slovenian town of Kranj to hold their third Partner Workshop.

In transnational working groups, they elaborated a catalogue of energetic rehabilitation measures for different types of urban quarters, especially the housing stock, public buildings and business premises. In a second step, indicators for the evaluation of energetic rehabilitation measures were developed, serving as an evaluation tool for the local pilot projects.

Based on the project results achieved so far, the programme of the four open trainings to be held in March 2012 was jointly elaborated.


Energy performance certificates for 213 buildings in Warsaw

The Polish EnSURE project partner RSM „Praga” administers 213 residential buildings with over 50,000 residents in Warsaw. The constant increase of the energy performance and the thermo-modernisation of the building stock is one of the most important tasks for RSM „Praga”.

It is very important to gather data on the buildings and evaluate the results of thermo-modernisation works. A deep analysis has now been performed within the EnSURE project. As a result of this complex action, energy performance certificates for each of the 213 buildings have been drawn up.

The certificates include key information on the building and its energy performance such as an energy performance index, the state of thermo-modernisation works, the condition of central heating installation and other factors.

The certificates are completed, but more detailed analysis is now needed. The next aim is to find the most effective and economic way of energy saving and to evaluate the use of renewable energy sources.


A strategy to foster participation of residents and municipalities

Dealing with energetic rehabilitation and energy efficient urban development means taking into account the role of participation: this is one of the key challenges of the EnSURE project.

In the last years, a new participatory landscape has been developed and participation moved from optional practice to key elements of the new governance approach. In this context, the EnSURE project framed a transnational strategy for sustainable energy transition.

Based on study visits at the EnSURE partners’ and the sharing of experience at the EnSURE Partner Meetings, a transnational participatory strategy was developed. It tunes local strategy by a circular process: starting from local territories, sharing common elements for a transnational approach, and coming back to the local level.

The strategy for participation in sustainable energy transition is based on three main directions:

1. Combining face-to-face tools with new technologies.

2. Combining participation about short term visible results with long term strategic changes.

3. Combining administration driven initiatives with citizens driven initiatives.

The transnational strategy is not a blueprint to be implemented at local level, but a shared construction tested in the different contexts of Central Europe territory: a combination of local and European visions suitable for the future challenges of sustainable energy transition.

The complete version of the Transnational Participatory Strategy is available on the EnSURE website: www.ensure-project.eu/publications.


Budapest analyses energy consumption of households

In Óbuda, the oldest district of the Hungarian capital, a study on the energy consumption of households has been conducted. With the participation of 500 local residents, energy use and energy saving characteristics have been analysed by the Budapest EnSURE team.

The survey shows basic indicators of domiciliary energy consumption, local residents’ efforts on saving energy and analyses to connect energy use, technical constraints, individual attitudes and policy opportunities.

The survey reveals that most of the households have not taken steps towards saving energy on a larger scale in form of refurbishments. What is more, only few of them intend to invest in such renovation in the near future. On the other hand, many of them try to pay attention to energy consumption by, for example, using energy saving light bulbs, and most collect waste selectively.

The main policy lessons learned from the survey can be summarised as follows:

Individual attitudes may play a significant role in shaping household energy use, but policy initiatives focusing predominantly on informing and convincing individual households might fail to lay ground for sustainable urban development.

Demographic composition of the local population is a primary constrain on sustainable energy use. It can suppress the effects of spreading and fading values and priorities in a local population.

In a community where large panel housing estates dominate the landscape, the constraints on household decisions stemming from housing technologies can never be overestimated. Those constraints, inevitably, call for community-level measures.

To sum up, local policies focusing on information provision for individual households cannot back up planning for sustainable urban development without public initiatives based on co-operative efforts of various experts on housing technologies, urban demography and community development.

The comprehensive research in English language, containing a Hungarian summary, can be downloaded from the EnSURE website on www.ensure-project.eu/publications.


Genoa tries new financial instrument "Impresapiù"

The financial instrument Impresapiù is activated by the Province of Genoa and the Chamber of Commerce of Genoa to facilitate the credit access for small and medium sized enterprises in the Province.

The objective is to promote the start of new businesses and to develop existing businesses with new investing activities.  

It was therefore decided to allocate part of the total guarantee fund “Impresapiù” to the testing of interventions aimed at energy saving (about 700,000 €).

The methodology concerns in a counter guarantee of the risk taken at first instance by Confidi (a collective guarantee Consortium of credits that carries out activities of guarantee service in order to facilitate to companies the access to financing in the short, medium and long term, assigned to the development of economic and productive activities); Confidi operates through their ordinary conventions with major banks, expanding their operations through Impresapiù that partially covers their risk.

The field of activity for this type of facilitation is the experimentation in the field of integrated management and rehabilitation of buildings for residential use of the Province of Genoa by improving energy efficiency.

The admitted projects should be related to upgrading the energy efficiency of buildings carried out and meet certain requirements: first of all the project will consist of an energy audit to determine the energy requirements, in order to know the real energy cost of the building and calculate the effective benefits of the project; after the energy audit the works should be identified to be carried out. These works will result in a saving of no less than 30% of the average consumption of the last three years building

The quote of risk assumed at first instance by Confidi is up to 80%, and those of Impresapiù for ESCO for energy redevelopment of residential buildings in the Province of Genoa is 90%.


Investment: 100.000 €

CCIAA Genoa/Province of Genoa: 72.000 €

CONFIDI: 8.000 €

Bank: 20.000 €


EnSURE mobilises residents in Warsaw

A substantial interest of the EnSURE project is to provide sound information on energetic rehabilitation, energy savings and the use of renewable energy sources for local residents. The Polish EnSURE partner RSM „Praga” put this aim into practice by offering a Family Picnic and opening an Energy Info Point in Warsaw.

At the Family Picnic, residents of the building cooperative RSM „Praga” got informed at a temporary info stand. Experts from Ariston company were invited as special guests and presented the functioning of a heating solar system and answered numerous questions about the use of renewable energy sources. Children had the opportunity to play games and quizzes all around sustainable energy use.

For deeper information on energetic rehabilitation and energy savings, a permanent EnSURE Info Point has been opened in the head quarters of RSM „Praga” in Warsaw.


The EnSURE project partners wish you a merry Christmas!

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

Felice Natale!

Boldog Karácsonyi Ünnepeket!

Wesołych Świąt!

Vesel božič!



Lead Partner

City of Ludwigsburg
Department of Sustainable Urban Development
Wilhelmstraße 5
D-71638 Ludwigsburg

Ms. Sandra Kölmel
+49 7141 910 3083

Project Management

Wüstenrot Haus- und Städtebau GmbH
Hohenzollernstraße 12-14
D-71638 Ludwigsburg

Mr. Jens Freudenberg / Ms. Simone Jung
+49 7141 149 327 or 206


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