How can regions enable the Green Deal

Sign in with EU Login to vote
Tue 20, October 2020
09:30 - 11:00 CET
Please sign in with EU Login to vote.

The European Commission has launched a set of initiatives globally entitled the European Green Deal, contributing to the EU’s energy and climate goals. This new package will be implemented at a time when Europe needs a new pact to fight climate change and reach carbon neutrality, bringing together national, regional and local authorities, civil society and industry.

These initiatives aim to assist the transformation to a resource-efficient and competitive economy, becoming a zero-net emitter of greenhouse gases by 2050. To reach this goal, these initiatives will promote the acceleration of the transition to clean energy across sectors by co-funding projects, through blending public and private resources.

In this regard, public authorities are a major stakeholder, as an enabler and promoter of new trends that can incentivise the uptake of new practices by the general population. Likewise, cross-border cooperation is essential to reach climate neutrality and as such regional cooperation between Member States is necessary. The projects involved in this workshop have done exactly that.

This workshop, hosted by the AdEPorto – Porto Energy Agency, will focus on the Green Europe theme and will contribute to the debate on how to implement a clean energy transition, highlighting local/regional experiences and best practices from partners indicated below. Partners will be sharing their approaches to tackling issues faced in the implementation of their strategies and projects on energy efficiency, contributing to reducing emissions, and will outline how these actions help implement European policy objectives.

The following entities will take part in this workshop:

  • AdEPorto – Porto Energy Agency is a partner of the BundleUp project that has invested and implemented several projects in energy efficiency and clean energy.


  • Eupportunity, BundleUp project partner - The BundleUp is a Horizon 2020 project that embodies and applies the fundamentals behind the aforementioned initiatives. The project brought together several Portuguese regional energy agencies to set up a platform to bundle private and public financing, to fund small-scale public energy efficiency projects, with the final goal of promoting the use of blended money, as a vehicle to implement climate-friendly projects in Portugal, reducing our emissions and CO2 foot print.


  • Bucharest-Ilfov is the smallest but demographically and economically the most dynamic region in Romania. With one of the highest population densities, the region faces huge energy consumption, traffic congestion, pollution and poor air quality. The Regional Operational Programme for Bucharest-Ilfov supports energy efficiency for residential and public buildings, electric buses and trams, and street lighting. These should contribute to the reduction of CO2 and improve air quality. The new concerns of the European Union are real challenges for the region and the shared best practices will help find good solutions.


  • ART-ER - Emilia Romagna Region Joint Stock Consortium is aimed at fostering the region's sustainable growth by developing innovation and knowledge, and the attractiveness and internationalisation of the region system. ART-ER is putting a lot of effort into piloting and harnessing solutions for building stock refurbishment, in order to promote decarbonisation and reduce the energy poverty risk for citizens. The Lemon project is one example of this effort. It has experimented with innovation in financial instruments, through the use of an EPC contract in a deep retrofit of a large stock of social housing buildings, combining different financing instruments (regional, national and European) and the effort of the municipalities and the involved ESCo. This model has received a lot of interest from other regional public bodies and the region itself, thanks to the ability to combine different funding sources and reduce the burden on public administrations. Another very interesting and promising path, undertaken through a Climate-KIC pathfinder project, CrowdHO, and still ongoing, is the piloting of a lending crowdfunding model to further reduce the expenses not covered by financial instruments.
  • The Provincial Council of Girona became a Covenant of Mayors Coordinator in January 2012 and provides technical, financial and legal assistance to Girona's 209 Covenant municipalities to support them in implementing their Sustainable Energy and Action Plan (SECAP). In the last few years, most of the efforts to decrease CO2 emissions have been focused on investing in energy efficiency measures in public buildings and street lighting. The Provincial Council of Girona implemented the Beenergi project financed by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme and three other projects financed with regional Structural Funds (ERDF). These projects speeded up the installation of new technologies (biomass boilers, solar panels for self consumption, LED, ICT, etc.) in several municipalities, saving 8.23 GWh of energy and reducing CO2 emissions by 6 037.23 tn. The production of electric renewable energy in the Province of Girona is 22.01 and represents 8% of the electricity consumption of the municipal, residential, tourism and industrial sectors. In order to increase the kWh of renewable energy produced and consumed in the province, the council has approved a Strategic Plan to promote renewable energy in the Province of Girona, which underlines e-mobility and smart energy communities as the key to deploying renewable energy.​ 
Nuno Brito, CEO and Coordinator of the BundleUp project, Go parity, Portugal.
Nuno Brito, CEO and Coordinator of the BundleUp project, Go parity, Portugal.
Anna Camp, Programme coordinator - Energy & Climate // Coordinator of the Beenergi project, Girona Municipality, Spain.
Simona Curpán, Head of Department for regional promotion and investment, Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency, Romania.
Sauro Saraceni, Project manager, Construction Platform, Italy.
Alexandre Varela, Consultant, AdEPorto - Agência de Energia do Porto, Portugal.
Green Europe
Adeporto – Agência de Energia do Porto, Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency, Diputació de Girona, Emilia-Romagna Region - ART-ER, Eupportunity (partner in H2020 BundleUp Project)
English (EN)

This is Your session – comment and interact!
Add your comments regarding to this session!
Any comment not related to the session itself will be ignored and deleted.
  • Posted by: Tanya PETROVA
    On: 26/09/2020 - 15:29pm

    Waiting list

    Please add me in case of possibiliy