EnSURE-Newsletter 6 – June 2013

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

Dear readers,

We are pleased to present you our sixth newsletter of the ENSURE project.

On 21st March 2013 the EnSURE Final Conference took place at the baroque castle in Ludwigsburg. So we would like to inform you about the experiences of the Final Conference and to provide you with more information about the Final results.

Furthermore we are proud to present you two EnSURE projects: the awareness raising and promotion of renewable energies in the Municipality of Sopot and the pilot project from the Development Agency S.I.PRO. - the public-private planning agreement for a Rehabilitation Concept for a Standard industrial site in Ferrara.

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


Final Conference Ludwigsburg

The Final Conference of the EnSURE project was held on the 21st of March in Ludwigsburg. More than 70 participants, from researchers to practitioners and administrations arrived at the conference to learn more about the energy savings, to summarize the achievements and results of the project and to define future tasks, opportunities and challenges for the energy savings in urban quarters.

Within the last three years EnSURE project partners from different European countries have dealt with all matters concerning the raise of energy efficiency through urban development and the rehabilitation of the building stock. The accomplished results were presented and visualized within a poster exhibition spread in the event location. The visitors could also take a closer look at the documentation of the main project results. The final documents such as “Best practice for energy-efficient urban development in Europe” and “Manual of energy-efficient urban development” are also available for download on the EnSURE homepage (http://www.ensure-project.eu/). Besides the presentations of the results of the EnSURE project also external speakers gave their view on the topic of integrated energy efficient urban development.

In his introduction, Jörg Dürr-Pucher, the Managing Director from the Clean Energy GmbH, stressed the interplay between cities and rural areas against the background of the climate change. On the one hand side there are rare possibilities for renewable energy production in cities, but on the other hand in rural areas more energy can be produced than consumed. In his view an integrated approach means also to improve the energy cooperation between the city and its hinterland. 

For the EnSURE partners the City of Ludwigsburg underlined the importance of an integrated and implementation oriented urban development. Thus a cross-sectoral working approach as well as public involvement within the planning and implementation process is of great importance. In Ludwigsburg the Department of Sustainable Urban Development is managing this process.

Dr. Oliver Weigel representing the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs presented the context of integrated urban development form the national perspective.

János Kocsis (Technical University of Budapest) and Richárd Ongjerth (Hungarian Urban knowledge Centre) presented their findings of basic preconditions for an energy urban development at the local level. The meaning of “organisation” is an important matter, as for example available data of energy consumption in public buildings, skilled staff in administrations, but also the knowledge about the local neighbourhoods and its social structure and the participation of the citizens has been highlighted.

Silja Schade-Bünsow from the Förderverein Bundesstiftung Baukultur e. V. raised the importance of Baukultur beyond energy efficiency. She explained the necessity of Baukultur for creating sustainable urban quarters and improving the quality of the built environment.

Mr. Luca Romé from the Finlombarda S.p.A. briefly reported about innovative financial tools for urban energy efficient rehabilitation. One of the main findings is a lack of qualified players that might act as a link between actors who are interested in implementing projects of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energies (RES) on the one hand and financial actors on the other hand. Mr. Romé pointed out basic key recommendations for actions that national or regional bodies should implement for improving existing financial practices. The First challenge is to define a pre-qualification process for technical EE and RES ad-hoc professional players. The next advise is to establish a budget at regional or national level and coordinate the commitment of financial resources to implement an integrated energy strategy. At last a definition of a pre-qualification process for EE and RES projects to access at the available regional budget has to be concluded.


For the EnSURE project partners Claudia Bissacco concluded the presentation of the EnSURE project results by focusing on the aspect of networking and participation within the framework of the energy transition. There is a growing need of integrating strategies of information, communication and participation. Despite the development of the new information technologies the participation on line shows large possibilities to be improved and to integrate in constructive way face to face participation. Another aspect is that the panorama of initiatives in terms of social mobilization and energy transition, shows an increasing dynamic: it is important to avoid fragmentation and competing of initiatives. The practice of local administration in the new energy transition governance should combine in a wise manner transparency, accountability and participation. Furthermore the practical way to develop initiatives with citizens is to start “from near and easier” to move “far and further”.

In other words, in a participatory energy transition process its important to start with easy to implement and successful measures before working on more complex tasks with a large number of stakeholders.

All presentation, also from our external speakers could be found on the EnSURE website www.ensure-project.eu/final-conference .


Investments in renewable energy sources – encouraging residents in Sopot

In February 2013 City of Sopot held a meeting with owners of private buildings, administrators of properties and representatives of housing cooperatives. The aim of the meeting was to raise their awareness and to encourage to invest in Renewable Energy Sources (RES). The participants shared information about renewable energy sources and possible funding and grants by presenting good practice – already completed project of housing cooperative in Sopot. During the meeting City of Sopot presented the results and shared good practices of the EnSURE project.

Moreover, during the meeting, the participants filled out a questionnaire. The aim was to examine what people know and think about RES and energy efficiency and what is their attitude about investing in that area.


1. 60 % of respondents have information about RES. Attitude towards the renewable RES. The best-known source is solar energy (36 %), wind (22 %), geothermal
(21 %). The least known source is the source from biomass and bio-fuels (7 %).

2. Knowledge about the programs currently available in the Municipality financing for RES and energy efficiency is poor, so that 53 % of respondents don’t know about the programs.

3. Interest among all respondents in investing in RES is big, so that 50 % is planning in the nearest future to invest in RES.

The research shows that 50 % of respondents are planning to invest in RES in the nearest future, from which 5 % are definitely planning such investment. 20 % of respondents are definitely not planning any investment in renewable energy sources.

The result of this study indicates, that there is potential for such investment in the City and the residents are keen on investing in renewable energy sources. Therefore, the Municipality will continue promoting green solutions and will attract citizens to apply for municipal grants for RES.


Public-private planning agreement for the construction of a high energy efficiency production site in the Ferrara region

Activities developed in EnSURE project contributed to raise a greater awareness regarding the importance of energy efficiency in general, and in particular for buildings.

Since 2004 SIPRO put in place some pilot projects in energy field: energetic rehabilitation of industrial buildings, business incubators and technology centers, implementation of the use of photovoltaic systems – roofs and/or land.

SIPRO – according to its role, support for local development – faced project issue developing initiatives for energetic rehabilitation of industrial buildings and energy efficiency for industrial development.

Project targets in Ferrara area were the following:

1. existing industrial sites: innovative concept and initiatives

2. existing industrial buildings: business incubators and companies buildings

3. greenfield: innovative partnership solutions for new investments

Starting point for all targets was the analysis of the state of the art: description of framework, energy needs, potentials, ownership, identification of public / private relations. After this, activities have been focused on pilot projects, with the development of feasibility studies, aimed at matching energy efficiency with cost reduction.

For existing industrial sites, addressed to a new perspective, linked to sustainability in environment and in energy management, EnSURE developed a cost benefit study for a co-generation energy system aimed at satisfying energy needs. That means, use of renewable source for a new industrial development.

Activities for companies were addressed on buildings, through energy audit and specific plans to increase efficiency. In this way, the promoted approach is “Invest now to spend less in the future”. The last initiative defined a legal/administrative procedure based on the subscription of a “Public-private planning agreement” for the construction of a high energy efficiency production site. In this case the approach is linked with a “win-win” strategy with the involvement of all actors.

Some indicators:




CO2 reduction (kg)

Energy saving

Economic saving (Euro)

Co-generation energy system


336.000 MWh


Energy efficiency of the Network
of business incubators within the
Province of Ferrara


1.600 m3
of natural gas


Energy audit


1332,91 TEP/year


Public-private planning agreement


200.000 MWh


EnSURE supported a cultural change, addressed to see energy efficiency as an opportunity rather than a cost: policy makers developed tools (as the public-private planning agreement) and policies; now, next steps are in hands of private sector, for the realization of suggested activities.



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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