Central Europe - Cooperating for Success. European Union - European Regional Development Fund

This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF

5th Partner Meeting in Milan

The 5th EnSURE partner meeting took place in Milan from November 14th  until November 16th, hosted by Finlombarda.

Financial aspects and innovative financial instruments for an energy efficient urban development have been the first topics of the meeting.

Finlombarda presented the status quo of the process of evaluation of collected Financial Practices. As result of a workshop with financial experts. Six best practices had been selected. The next steps for the evaluation of the best practices were presented and discussed within the partnership.

Experiences of the local partners about their activities and  investments for energy efficient urban development were presented.

Project partners presented the status quo and the upcoming steps of the local investments:

- District Energy Development Plan – Ludwigsburg East District:

Development of an energetic rehabilitation concept for a post-war quarter in the Eastern district, on the basis of an elaborated energy strategy for the Eastern district.

- Intelligent Condominiums”and Info Point - Genoa, Italy:

The Province of Genoa, in collaboration with GAL Genovese, MUVITA Foundation and local stakeholders have planned the initiative “Intelligent condominiums”: energetic refurbishment of residential buildings using performance contracting (ESCo model).

- Rehabilitation Concept for a Standard Industrial Site - Ferrara, Italy:

Specific results are five corporate energy audits, applied to different sectors of activity, and a detailed path for the definition of a site Energy Programme.

- Energy Savings in Urban Quarters through Rehabilitation and New Methods of Energy Supply - Faenza, Italy:

Faenza created an energy-efficiency strategic plan of the building stock.

- ENSURE the Future: Think about Energy Issues - Debrecen, Hungary:

Eastern-Hungarian European Initiations Foundation has contributed to the energetic renewal movement with diverse energy related activities included in the ENSURE project – based on strong transnational partnerships and the support of the city of Hajdúszoboszló.

- Energy-Efficiency in the Gorenjska Region - Kranj, Slovenia:

Innovative Renewable Energy Sources solution in old protected building “Sejmiš?e” in ownership of city community Kranj.

- Rehabilitation of a Selected Residential Building with a Demonstration Effect of Using Solar Energy - Warsaw, Poland:

Buildings administrated by RSM “Praga” were evaluated in terms of energy condition, energy cards were issued. In order to inform inhabitants about the efficient use of energy an Info Point was established.

- Energy-Efficiency in Sopot - Sopot, Poland:

Pilot thermo-modernization of Sopot Music School as a good practice of using Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in a listed historic building.

- SEAP for Óbuda- Békásmegyer and the Preparation of Scientific Outputs on National and European Levels - Budapest, Hungary:

Having prepared the ground with several successful pilot projects in energy-efficient rehabilitation of buildings, the 3rd district decided to move to a general, complex level by preparing a comprehensive strategy aimed at reducing its consumption by 20 per cent.

- Best Methods for Profitable Practice - Budapest – Hungary:

The MUT formulated policy recommendations which summarize the most important tasks of energy-efficient urban planning at the level of the European Union, regional governance and national municipalities.

- Baukultur creates Sustainable and High-Quality Urban Quarters: Exemplary  Strategies and Measures beyond Energy Efficiency - Germany:

Developing high quality sustainable urban quarters involves looking beyond energy efficiency applying an integrated perspective: Any measure for energy-efficient urban development  needs to enhance the unique character of the built environment, enriching the everyday-quality of life. While creating sustainable urban quarters various factors and multiple interests have to be considered in a balanced way.

- Participatory Approaches for Energy Transition - Padua, Italy:

“To Combine” is the key to transnational and related local strategies for participation in energy efficiency:

- Financial Aspects an Innovative Financial Instrument for an Urban Energy - Efficient Rehabilitation

- Milan, Italy:

Analysing of financial practices at different geographical levels (local, regional, national and EU) and in different countries.

The project partner  Baukultur presented to the topic communication and dissemination the status quo and next steps for the elaboration of the core output 2.2.6 (Brochure). To link the project results to the core output a template about experiences within the EnSURE project will be prepared by the 11 project partner. The dissemination and possibilities to translate the brochure in other languages (esp. Italian) were discussed.

Furthermore several transnational outputs have been presented and discussed at the partner meeting. MUT presents the context information about one of the main transnational outputs (3.4.1– Manual of energy efficient urban development). The project partner performs the sources for the content. Furthermore the meetings’ participants discuss about the layout and dissemination of the output.

For the evaluation of the pilot projects two evaluation concepts were linked. Therefore the MUT and the KEK Foundation had cooperated to coordinate the different outputs and make them „easier to use”. One projekt partner explained the two pillars of the evaluation: List of criteria and guideline for an „energy SMART building” (formulated and presented on the second meeting day by the KEK) and Social, environmental, energy, economic, landscape assesment (SEELA) tool (formulated and presented in May 2012 in Warsaw, discussed by the Scientific Support Team in October in Padova, and sent to the partners in the template of presentation in first days of November.)

The Lead Partner and the project management express their thanks to the efforts, the ensure project partners have made within these 3-days meeting in Milan and their fruitful discussions and exchanges of knowledge.

4th Partner meeting in Warsaw

On April 18th the 4th EnSURE Partner started in Warsaw, hosted by the housing cooperative RSM Praga.


In the beginning the reports of the implemented transnational trainings in Berlin, Padua and Budapest have been presented. All three trainings have been practically oriented and successful promoted the integrated urban energy development approach to practitioners and decision-makers. They have disseminated the partners’ best practice, the experience gained through the pilot projects, and the methods jointly developed within the EnSURE project. Approx. 200 participants have been visiting the three transnational trainings.


The first day of the EnSURE partner meeting ended with the working group of the energy info points and the meeting of the policy advisory board.


On the second day of the meeting, several inputs about the transnational energy efficient urban development approach took place. Dr. Claudia Bissacco (PP12, Agenda 21) presents an overview about the joint transnational energy concept on district level. An transnational concept could become a model for each concepts that which will be developed and implemented at local level. Considering the energy priority of Ensure project and the European priority on policy and strategy, the climate proofing of the urban development is the main goal of the joint developed concept.

The concept gives guidance for the dealing with climate change in urban planning practice, and so for many correlated aspects, as the infrastructural and technical framework, the social aspects regarding the needs of the citizens, moreover the participation aspect, that means the involvement of the local stakeholders.


Prof. Dr. János Brenner, Baudirektor at the BMVBS (German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development) gives a presentation about “Urban development, energy saving and climate change – legislation, financial assistance and research in Germany: an integrated approach”. He emphasis on the policy framework in Germany, strategic elements at national level: Legislation (acts and regulations), Financial incentives (for federal states, local authorities, private sector), Public relations and research funding.


János B. Kocsis, PhD, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Centre for Socio-Economic Development Studies, presented the Compendium on national framework conditions. The aim of the present Compendium 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.


After the sessions about the scientific, more theoretical and strategic topics, the EnSURE partners have presented their activities to implement the project on the local and regional level.


Great efforts have been presented in the session about evaluation and indicators for energy smart buildings and the SEELA evaluation approach.


The project 4th meeting of the project Steering Board also took place within the partner meeting in Warsaw.

Transnational Trainings

B - Transnational Trainings: review and lessons learnt

The aim of the transnational trainings is to disseminate mid-term project results to an external audience. Moreover the trainings allow an exchange of experiences with cities who are facing similar challenges and are not a member of the project group.

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 development in respect of EnSURE Project" was held at the Community Centre of Békásmegyer on 22nd of February 2012. The conference was organised by Hungarian Urban Knowledge Centre and Centre for Socio-Spatial Development Studies at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics with the help of Municipality of Óbuda-Békásmegyer. 63 participants attended the event.

The transnational training in Padua was organised by Agenda21 Consulting ltd. and took place on 6th and 7th of March 2012, involving all Italian partners (Finlombarda S.p.A, City of Faenza, SIPRO Development Agency Ferrara and Development Agency GAL Genoa). Before the event, 220 printed invitations and 990 emails (plus 500 emails from the Padua Energy Agency) were sent. There were 90 people who have registered online. 60 persons participated the transnational training the first day and 27 persons the second day.


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 activities with wishing a fruitful meeting to share experiences and knowledge. Some information on the EnSURE project were exposed by the host 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 took place at the Collegium Hungaricum on 9th of March 2012. The focus of the training was entitled from local experiments to good practice. Sustainable development of urban areas with integrated approaches of energy efficient urban development.

During the event, information about the EnSURE project activities and preliminary findings were presented by EnSURE project partners, namely the City of Ludwigsburg (Germany), the Foerderverein Bundesstiftung Baukultur e.V. (hereafter: FV Baukultur) (Berlin, Germany) and RSM „Praga“ (Warsaw, Poland). In addition, experts have given keynote presentations on relevant topics. The presentations were followed by facilitated discussion with the audience. The training was attended by approximately 70 professionals, comprising representatives of urban development agencies, consultancies, professional associations in the planning and building sector, housing associations as well as officials at regional and local level, scientific researchers, planners, investors and manufacturers in the building construction industry.


The event, which was organised and hosted by the FV Baukultur (PP11), was opened by Silja Schade-Bünsow, Managing Director of the FV Baukultur and moderated by Thomas Welter, Managing Director of the Association of German Architects.


The for a detailed documentation of the transnational trainings click here.

Aims and objectives

The transnational trainings aim at disseminating at mid-term the project results to an external audience and allow for an exchange of experiences with cities that are not project partners but facing similar challenges. 

Major emphasis is placed on promoting integrated sustainable development concepts at urban district level. The trainings will be practically oriented and sensitise the participants for energy efficient urban development. They will disseminate the partners’ best practice identified, the experience gained through the pilot projects, and the methods jointly developed.

Target groups

  • Representatives of local authorities from Central Europe,
  • Politicians at regional and national level,
  • Representatives of associations, federations etc. involved in the subject

Date, location and languages

The one-day trainings will take place on

22/02/2012 in Budapest (HU)

06/03/2012 in Padua (I)

09/03/2012 in Berlin (D) and 

19/03/2012 in Kranj (SI).

Conference language will in any case be the language of the hosting partner.

More information and registration

For further information or registration for a training, please feel free to send an e-mail to projectmanagement (at) ensure-project.eu.

3rd Partner Meeting in Kranj/Slovenia

On 28th-30th September 2011, 27 EnSURE representatives met in Slovenia to share their knowledge on energetic rehabilitation and sustainable urban development. The EnSURE partnership, consisting of municipalities, development agencies and research institutes from Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovenia held their third Partner Meeting in the city of Kranj near Ljubljana.

Main topic of the meeting was the organisation of four trainings that will be offered for a wider public in March 2012. At the trainings, the partnership will present best practice and methods that have jointly been developed. Major emphasis is placed on promoting integrated sustainable development concepts at urban district level. The trainings shall sensitise an external audience for energy efficient urban development and allow for an exchange of experience with cities facing similar challenges. 

The one-day trainings will take place in Berlin (Germany), Budapest (Hungary), Padova (Italy) and Kranj (Slovenia). Conference language will in each case be the language of the hosting partner. Participants shall be invited among representatives of local authorities from Central Europe, politicians at regional and national level, representatives of associations, federations etc. involved in the subject.

Next step in sharing the partnership’s knowledge and experience will be the creation of a network of Energy Info Points. Seven Info Points in five Central European countries will be set up and linked to a network, imparting know-how of energetic rehabilitation, the wider use of renewable energies, and financial instruments available. Three info points have already started up, four more will be set up by 2012 and be open for citizens, property owners and investors, but also politicians and representatives of public administrations and associations.

Other topics treated at the Partner Meeting were the energetic rehabilitation of the housing stock, public buildings and business premises and the development of indicatores for the evaluation of projects improving energy efficiency.

2nd Partner Meeting in Genoa

The second partner meeting of the EnSURE project took place in Genoa on February 10th and 11th 2011.

The partners meet for an informal get-together on Wednesday evening in the nice old town of Genoa, near the Palazzo Ducale where the partners were introduced into the typical focaccia genovese, a famous dish form the region.

On Thursday, the official start of the meeting took place at the “desk renewable energies of the Province of Genoa”, located in the Palazzina Santa Maria, Porto Antico. The host of the event, represented by Mrs. Angela Rollando, Director of the Development Agency GAL Genovese, welcomed the EnSURE partners to the transnational partner meeting in Genoa.

The Lead Partner, represented by Ms. Sandra Kölmel, from the department for sustainable urban development of the municipality of Ludwigsburg, gives the opening speech and introduced the agenda of the two-days meeting.

At the beginning, a review on the recent activities since the last partner meeting in Debrecen was presented by each partner.

In the morning also the desk renewable energies of the Province of Genoa, was officially opened by the President of Province of Genoa, Mr Alessandro Repetto. The desk renewable energies (“energy info point”) was one of the outputs of the EnSURE project. A press conference was organised as well. Please find more information about the opening event on the media section on our website.

Dr. Claudia Bissacco, from the Agenda21 was providing the summary and findings of their analysis of previous activities and experiences of the EnSURE partners in the field of transnational cooperation, urban development and energy related projects.


In the afternoon the partners were invited to join a working group sessions, led by members of the scientific advisory team. They were continuing their discussion about a joint transnational energy concept at district level, after a short introduction of the results achieved so far.


Afterwards Mr. Richárd Ongjerth, director of the Hungarian Urban Knowledge Centre (MUT), concluded the first day of the meeting by his presentation about the requirements and examples of the SEAP - Sustainable Energy Action Plans, which is a prerequisite to join the “Covenant of Mayors”. Several partners are going to joint the Covenant of Mayors within the EnSURE project.


The meeting of the steering and communication board opened the second day of the meeting, followed by management and communication matters, presented by the external project management.


Dr. Annamária Orbán, from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics presented scientific and practical input about the setting-up of a strategic dialogue process. The partners were discussing in working groups about the development of a participation strategy to activate relevant local stakeholders to join the EnSURE planning and implementation process.


Dr. János Kocsis from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department

of Sociology and Communication, presented the upcoming transnational activities, here the “Compendium on national framework conditions”.


The meeting was closed with the feedback of the partners on the results of the meeting.

EnSURE Partner Meetings and Trainings

Kick Off Meeting


Debrecen (HU)

2nd Partner Meeting


Genoa (I)

3rd Partner Meeting


Kranj (SI)

Transnational Trainings





Budapest (HU)

Padua (I)

Berlin (D)

Kranj (SI)

4th Partner Meeting


Warsaw (PL)

5th Partner Meeting


Milan (I)

Final Conference


Ludwigsburg (D)

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