EnSURE-Newsletter 5 – February 2013

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

Dear readers,

Welcome to the fifth newsletter of the EnSURE-project. We are pleased to keep you up to date on the achieved milestones within the EnSURE-project.  

In the last months the project partners worked intensively on the final results of the EnSURE-project. Within this newsletter we would like to present you some first results from the pilot projects in different subjects like energy efficient urban development at the district level, energy building refurbishment and innovative financial instruments. 

Furthermore we would like to invite you to our final conference which will take place on the 21d March 2013 in Ludwigsburg. We hope that you will be able to join us at this conference and give us the benefit of your experience and expertise.

 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


Final Conference “Integrated energy efficient urban development - Results and experiences of the EnSURE project”

The Final Conference of the EnSURE project is taking place from March 20th – 22nd 2013 in Ludwigsburg at the Ludwigsburg Palace.

The public part of the conference will be on Thursday, March 21st from 9:00-17:00.

The public conference will discuss the broad approach of an integrated energy efficient urban development, including such topics as public participation, strategy development, as well as financial aspects. The EnSURE experiences and results will be presented and discussed with project partners from Hungary, Italy, Germany, Poland and Slovenia. It summarizes the EnSURE project outcomes and aims at public administrations, practitioners and decision makers within the field of sustainable urban development. The view points on the topic of different administrational and political levels, such as the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector in Baden-Württemberg as well as the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and urban Development will enrich the event.

We hope that you will be able to join us at this conference and give us the benefit of your experience and expertise.

Further information and registration can be found at http://www.ensure-project.eu/final-conference/



District Energy Development Plan - Ludwigsburg East district

On the basis of an integrated Urban Development Strategy Ludwigsburg worked out a municipal energy and climate protection concept (Citywide Energy Strategy), which is currently implemented via numerous projects.

Based on these existing overall planning concepts the focus of the EnSURE pilot project in Ludwigsburg is the district and quarter level. For a typical post-war quarter in the Eastern district of Ludwigsburg an energetic rehabilitation concept was developed on the basis of an elaborated energy strategy for the Eastern district. The rehabilitation concept includes refurbishment scenarios, a densification study, new concepts for the energy supply and implementation strategies. As a result of the concept common heat generation and distribution system is a success factor, because a large number of consumers can be included, with lower investments and higher energy efficiency.

Part of the concept are also strategies to motivate and integrate owners and tenants, as well as key stakeholders like energy providers, municipalities and housing companies have been elaborated. As a result it is important to involve key-stakeholders at the very beginning of the process. Additionally existing funding possibilities and development of appropriate financing concepts have been worked out. For this implementation process the KfW-program "Urban Energy-efficient rehabilitation – energy efficient supply for neighborhoods" will be suitable. Within this program it is possible to apply for an integrated refurbishment concept and a neighborhood manager.

The energetic rehabilitation concept is linked with the current development in the district. So the energy topic can be discussed with other topics (Iterative and integrated approach).




Policy recommendations and innovative financial tools for urban energy efficient rehabilitation

In recent years, a relevant number of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources technologies have been largely tested and proven to work and be profitable in the long run: if properly financed, the pay-back time of investment costs might actually be significantly shortened. However, a huge number of projects which have potentially compelling economic returns still remain unimplemented. Major causes for this pitfall are due to the lack of specific Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources finance and delivery mechanisms and the lack – in some markets – of pipelines of bankable projects.

In the framework of the EnSURE Project, innovative financials tools and political guidelines for energy efficient urban rehabilitation have been elaborated by analyzing the main European experiences in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources and by submitting them to a process of evaluation that involved also external stakeholders. The evaluation process allowed to selected six financial best practices that were then analyzed through a series of workshop, first of all a project meeting which took place in Milan in November 2012 and which involved all the project partners.

What clearly emerged from the discussion and the elaboration of the six innovative financial tools was the lack of qualified players, which have appropriate technical and economic skills to act as a link between the actors who are interested in implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on the one hand (both in the private – residential and industrial – sector and the public sector) and financial actors  who are interesting in supporting these projects, on the other hand (both private and public financing institutions). We propose qualified ESCo – Energy Service Companies as the professional and technical players which might act as such a link.

To assure a high quality of the investments, there shall be a registration for the ESCo to the regional/national association which manage the entire incentive system (and/or the overall budget). Furthermore it is necessary to have standardized energy audits which contains not only technical, but also relevant economic information for the financing institutions to improve the assessment on decision-making for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources projects.

Such basic principles are detailed and explained thoroughly for each innovative financial tool hereafter, together with the main benefits (environmental, economic, easy of use and increased dissemination), which are expected thanks to the implementation of such actions, in the Report “Stakeholder involvement and implementation methods. Financial aspects and innovative financial instruments” that represent one of the main output of the EnSURE Project.



RSM Praga - pilot project in Warsaw

The Polish EnSURE project partner- building co-operative  RSM „Praga”- is strongly focused on constant increase of the energy performance and thermo-modernisation of their building stock. Conventional wall insulation and other thermo-modernisation works performed on over 200 residential buildings in the last five years have reduced the heat supply by 174 000 GJ.

Within the EnSURE project RSM „Praga” has systematized its information about energetic condition of particular buildings but first of all this project has enabled it to focus on renewable energy sources. Before joining EnSURE this was practically an untouched subject. Experiences and knowledge shared with project partners as well as internal studies on alternative energy sources have resulted in implementation of solar panel installation.

This is the first undertaking in RSM „Praga” which is related to the field of RES. The installation was ready for use in October 2012 and it has raised big interest among inhabitants and administration of residential area. A lot of questions have been asked and in order to answer them some trainings have been organized. At this moment it is to early to evaluate the technical performance and effectiveness of this pilot project.

In the heat supply centre special equipment has been installed. It makes possible to monitor the system constantly and gather important data via internet. According to Agnieszka Haponiuk- Ingenieur for Energy Management in RSM „Praga”- savings on the level of 20% would give green light for wider implementation of solar panels in RSM „Praga”. We hope for positive results and a sunny future for this pilot project in Warsaw.




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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