EnSURE-Newsletter 4 – September 2012

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

Dear readers,

we are pleased to present you our fourth newsletter of the ENSURE project.

In the first half year of 2012 practically oriented transnational trainings in Budapest, Padua and Berlin took place. The aim was to ensure the circulation of the acquired knowledge. We are proud to present you the results of these trainings.

Furthermore we want to provide you with more information about the progress of our work packages, for example the „Compendium of national framework conditions“ which summarises the principal experiences and conclusions of our partners.

We would like to express our gratitude to all partners and to all who contributed to the results.

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


Transnational Trainings: review and lessons learnt

The aim of the transnational trainings in Berlin, Budapest and Padua was to disseminate mid-term project results to an external audience. Moreover the trainings allow an exchange of experiences with administrations and practitioners who are facing similar challenges within the scope of energy efficient urban development.

The main focus is on promoting integrated sustainable development concepts at urban district level. The trainings are practically oriented and sensitise the participants for energy efficient urban development. They distribute the partners’ best practices and identify the experiences gained through the pilot projects and methods which were jointly developed.

For the effective dissemination of the national and international results of the EnSURE project, the transnational training in Budapest "SMALL OVERHEAD – BIG FUTURE" (The key issues of the energy-conscious and cost-efficient urban develpoment in respect of EnSURE project). The aim of the conference was to introduce the results and outcomes achieved so far within the project activity and it also ensured a great possibility to present, and make known, the good practices related to the topics of energy efficiency, to exchange experiences, to keep tabs on the colloquy of municipal leaders and the best experts in the field. High level Hungarian representatives and researchers discussed the energy transition in Hungary within the European perspective.

The transnational training in Padua was organised by Agenda21 Consulting ltd., involving all Italian partners (Finlombarda S.p.A, City of Faenza, SIPRO Development Agency Ferrara and Development Agency GAL Genoa). The title of the event was “Energy efficiency: from building to territories”. The seminar examined the subject matter of the transition to a sustainable use of energy resources at different scales: from the individual building to regional scale. Prof. Massimo De Marchi (Agenda21 Consulting and the University of Padua) started the seminar and information on the EnSURE project were exposed to disseminate its high value activities on energy efficiency in urban development. In the following 15 speakers held presentations, thereof seven externals (University, Energy Agency, “Covenant Major” Municipality, association and best case of Building Certification).

On the second day, the event took place at the Renewable Energy Farm “La Fenice” – 28, Rovetta street Padua. It was focused on “stakeholders participation in the energy framework” with a special laboratory for stakeholders who are involved in energy issues. The laboratory has direct access to two participatory process management methods: Open space technology and World Café.

The transnational training in Berlin was entitled "From local experiments to "good practice". Sustainable development of urban areas".

During the event, information about the EnSURE project activities and preliminary findings were presented by the City of Ludwigsburg, the Foerderverein Bundesstiftung Baukultur e.V. and RSM „Praga“. In addition, experts have given keynote presentations on relevant topics. Of particular interest to the audience was the description of the governance structure of the City of Ludwigsburg: it was an encouraging example of an integrated approach to urban development, which is underpinned and facilitated by cross-functional department work.

Mr. Pawel Urbanski, EU-Fonds Specialist and Agnieszka Haponiuk, Specialist for Energy Management, described the activities of “RSM” Praga (Warsaw, Poland). Acknowledging differences in national circumstances (e.g. energy supply market) and policy frameworks, important points of both similarity and differences were identified and discussed.

Afterwards, a key input to the EnSURE project was provided by several scientists, researchers and ministry representatives.



Compendium of national framework conditions

The aim of the “Compendium of national framework conditions” is to summarise the experiences and conclusions drawn from the participating countries and areas and to give useable suggestions hints about available techniques and funds, feasible methods and aspects for municipalities considering introducing similar programmes. The general conclusions of the analysis of the lessons learnt are as follows:

  • Although all countries, regions and municipalities have general strategies to increase energy efficiency, holistic approaches embracing wide fields and aspects usually lack.
  • In most cases departments or personnel officially in charge of other affairs manage issues of energy saving besides their main tasks.
  • A low level of coordination can often be observed among the different actors as a consequence of managerial problems, which with the best intentions can also lead to inconveniences.
  • Insufficiency of data and deficiency of records on all level generally characterise the situation in most cases.
  • A great deal of high-tech showroom projects can be found that are expensive and both economically and socially non-sustainable and non-viable.

Analyses of the available financial means show that the targets and objectives are confusing and ambiguous: they aim at reducing consumption and increasing the ratio of renewable energy at the same time. Most common forms of such means are tax reductions, subsidies and special funds and they appear most often on country or, where this exists, on regional levels. The role of private financial institutions, such as banks, is negligible, although analyses of EnSURE have demonstrated that viable mechanisms can be developed for their involvement.

Involvement of stakeholders, analysis of the decision‐making chain, and preparing propositions to better its efficiency is of high importance. Connecting the initiatives of actors on different levels of the chain, making information available for all actors and rendering the managers of institutions interested in enhancing energy efficiency, also in financial terms, are feasible methods to achieve results.


What's next?

EnSURE is preparing its financial methods and instruments to assure the financial sustainability of the project results. The partner meeting in Milan in November is also in preparation as well as the evaluation of all pilot projects.

If you wish to be informed on these upcoming events please register by writing an e-mail to projectmanagement@ensure-project.eu.



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. Anna Tvardovskaja
+49 7141 149 327 or 321


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