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

Poster Exhibition

The poster exhibition (Output 2.2.5) was set up in the meeting venue during international final conference in Ludwigsburg on the 21st of March 2013. There participants could exchange experience and seek inspiration learning about different activities from Central Europe countries. The Poster exhibition visualised the results of the pilot projects and disseminated the experience to a large audience.


Sustainable Energy Action Plans

The partners Ludwigsburg (LP), GAL Genoa (PP02), KEK Foundation (PP05) for the City of HajdĂşszoboszlĂł, RSM Praga (PP07) and the University of Budapest (PP09) for Obuda-Bekasmegyer 3rd District in Budapest have finalised their Sustainable Engery Actions Plans for the Covenant of Mayors (SEAP). Faenza (PP04) is also still working on the SEAP, but has not finished the SEAP within the project runtime. In Sopot the Mayor refrained from signing the Covenant of Mayors, because of political reasons. Nevertheless, Sopot takes considerable efforts to reduce their COs emissions. Several study analysis and activities referring to the reduction of energy consumption and the CO2 emission have been concluded and led to the local energy strategy of Sopot. The GAL Genoa has furthermore developed an output, the "intelligent condominiums".


Network Info Points

The network (output 4.1.3) is an important tool for the dissemination of the project results, awareness-rising and knowledge transfer to a broad public. Its target groups are: citizens, property owners, investors, but also politicians and representatives of administrations and associations. The network is mainly focused on communication, public relations and information at local and regional level. Info material in the respective native languages will be distributed. The network will also give feedback on different partner initiatives.

The Network composed of 6 info points (LB, Genoa,  HajdĂşszoboszlĂł, Praga / Warsaw, Sopot and Kranj) is one of the sustainable transnational outputs and will be an important continuing link between the project partners after the project end.


Contracting models

The present core output (4.3.2) focuses on key elements, which were developed within the framework of the EnSURE Project in relation with the definition of a transnational contracting model. The aim of this document is to offer recommendations on central topics that should be taken into account for structuring a transnational contracting model to boost investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.


Guideline of innovative financial schemes

The main goal of Innovative Financial Schemes (IFS) – output 4.3.4 – is to support the dissemination of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Energy Efficiency (EE) technologies, mainly at the national level. IFS’s aim is to provide ad hoc financial instruments so as to support the adoption among public and private subjects of the most cost effective technologies in order to achieve climate and low carbon objectives in energy generation and building retrofit activities.


Climate-energy founds

This output 4.3.5 focuses on the key features which were developed within the framework of the EnSURE Project in relation with the project financing of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. The responsible project partner proposes to take these issues into consideration by local and regional actors when designing their plans and actions in the energy field.


Guidance for Energy Smart Buildings

A core element of ENSURE project is the understanding and characterization of different natures of energy smart buildings (output 5.4.1). This research required an integrated approach.


Joint evaluation of pilot projects

The EnSURE project -in a logic order -had to include an evaluation approach and methodology, which had to be able to access the social, environmental, energy, economic, landscape assessment (SEELA) to cover the broad aspects of all pilot projects. The elaborated approach of the present evaluation (output 5.4.2) study included challenges owing to the lack of a universal and well accepted terminology from the start, which was necessary as base for the total evaluation methodology itself. The EnSURE PPs have discussed these issues many times in different communication forms, since it required an interdisciplinary approach. All the diverse parts of each evaluation fields had to be studied separately, and all the relevancies after that had to be transformed into a unique and as easy as possible data collecting tool.



The magazine is published by the Förderverein Bundesstiftung Baukultur e.V., partner in the EnSURE project. Within the EnSURE project, the Förderverein Bundesstiftung Baukultur e.V. focuses on the relationship between energy efficiency and optimal urban development.

From local experience to best practice: The Baukultur magazine reports on joint recommendations, project partners' findings and best practices.

It aims to raise the awareness of the value and potential of the built environment, to promote the exchange of knowledge and to encourage active involvement in improving Baukultur.


Policy Recommendations

The Common Policy Paper (Output 2.2.4) summarises the political and action recommendations promoting energy efficient urban development. It provides professional input to promote the EnSURE topics and related policies.

The policy paper was discussed and elaborated within the project partnership, chaired by the policy advisory Board. Especially the transnational meetings have built a platform to discuss and disseminate the draft of the common policy paper beyond the project partners. It is designated to decision-makers from local to EU level.


Energy Savings in Urban Quarters through Rehabilitation and New Ways of Energy Supply

The EnSURE project focuses on an implementation-oriented approach with visible measures. These aspects are of prior importance: development of integrated energy concepts for urban areas, establishment of implementation structures such as participation processes and financing instruments to stimulate investment in these domains. A key role is played by the following implementation measures: the energy-efficient rehabilitation of buildings and new methods of energy supply including the use of renewable energies.  

EnSURE’s strategy on concepts carried out in the context of a long-term, integrated urban energy development strategy for the individual urban quarter or the district level. The EnSURE pilot projects consist of an optimised complex package of refurbishment measures, new concepts for energy-efficient district planning, heat energy supply and the use of renewable energies. As experience among the regions in Central Europe widely differs, transnational cooperation is highly valuable for exchanging knowledge, fostering common learning, transferring experience for wise application and gaining a high surplus compared to single efforts.

Brochure - Best practice for energy-efficient urban development in Europe

Brochure - Manual on Energy Efficient Urban Development

Development of a transnational energy concept at district level

The joint transnational concept for energy efficient urban development serves as a model for the concepts, which will be developed an implemented at partner level. The concept gives guidance for the integrated urban planning practice and 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.


Output Transnational Energy Concept on district level

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 suggestion hints about available techniques and funds, feasible methods and aspects for municipalities considering introducing similar programmes.

Its target groups are: public administrations, associations, politicians, decision-makers at local, regional, national level in Central Europe concerndet with urban development, energy policy and rehabilitation. The Compendium will be disseminated via the trainings, the final conference and according to the communication strategy.

Ensure compendium Budapest University of Technology and Finlombarda

Basic Knowledge Handbook

The Basic Knowledge Handbook collects the project partners’ experience in the fields of energy efficiency, energy savings, renewable energies and urban development. It contains information on running and closed European and national projects in the relevant subjects.


Basic Knowledge Handbook (complete version in English 27/07/2011)

Analysis of Previous Experiences

Examination of the local power supply system

Annex: Local power supply system in the Province of Ferrara



A short version of the document, the so called “Pocket Handbook” (27/07/2011) provides up-to-date information on selected key words. Energy efficient urban development is analysed from A as in “Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators” via J as in “Jasper-Jeremy-Jessica-Jasmine” and P as in “Participation” to Z as in “zero emissions”. Hard copies will be available in English, Hungarian, Polish, Slovenian and Italian by the end of 2011.

Transnational Participatory Strategy

The transnational participatory strategy contains general considerations about participation and demonstrates strengths and difficulties in developing participatory energy efficiency initiatives in Central Europe. It resumes three main strategic directions:


a) Combining face to face tools with new technologies.

b) Combining participation on short term visible results with long term strategic changes.

c) Combining administration driven initiatives with citizens driven initiatives.


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Technical Status Quo Analysis in Ă“buda (Budapest)


Empirical Research in Ă“buda  (version 06/09/2011)

Budapest University of Technology and Economics elaborated a research on the energy efficient renovation of a selected flat type apartment house, the "Village House Condminium" in a district of Budapest.


Research on Household Energy Use in Ă“buda  (version 06/09/2011)

This report summarises the results of a study conducted by the Budapest team of the EnSURE project in March 2011 with the participation of 500 local residents on the energy use and energy saving characteristics of households in the Ă“buda district of Budapest, Hungary.

The survey evidences are presented in three major steps: First, we show basic indicators of domiciliary energy consumption. Second, we shed some light on local residents' efforts on saving energy use and supporting environmental sustainability of urban development. Third, we carry out in-depth analyses to connect energy use, technical constraints, individual attitudes and policy opportunities in an exact way.