PUBLEnEf project Final Video 2019

Departing from the transposition and implementation process of the European Union Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), the role of the multilevel governance is of utmost importance, as all policy layers (national, regional and local) contribute to the overall energy saving target of each MS.
To support this process, a key message to local and regional authorities is that once their MS transpose the EED fully, it will be their task to ensure that national legislators implement it.

Regions and cities should thus design their sustainable energy strategies (through supporting mechanisms such as the Covenant of Mayors), provide the required means for attracting investments to finance their strategies, scale up efforts, implement policies to achieve their targets, and monitor and verify the policy outcomes. Action at local level is thus essential. The EU, national governments, cities, regions, industry and citizens must work together and follow a shared roadmap and mutually supportive policies to accelerate action in the short and long term.
In this respect, the full title of PUBLEnEf was “Supporting Public Authorities for Implementing Energy Efficiency Policies”, and that is exactly what has been accomplished during the project lifetime (2016 – 2019).
PUBLENEF partners have engaged with policymakers at MS, regional, and local levels across the EU related to energy efficiency to provide them with credible information, insights, and tools, in order to make the policy processes more efficient and effective and to improve the overall quality of decision-making and policy implementation.


PUBLEnEf project session at Katowice climate change conference (COP 24) 6th December 2018

PUBLEnEf project session at
Katowice climate change conference (COP 24)

at EU side events:

In this side-event H2020 and LIFE funded projects working on climate change mitigation from different angles will provide answers to following key questions on how to reach the Paris Agreement goals:

Increasing ambition in the low-carbon transition:
challenges and implications of the 1.5 and 2 degree targets
  • “What impacts will arise from a global warming of 1.5C and 2C and which impacts will be avoided if warming is kept below 1.5C?” (CRESCENDO project)
  • “NDC Review: What it really takes to Increase pre-2030 Ambition from Global, EU and National Level Perspectives?” (COP21RIPPLES project)
  • “Investigating Innovation Dynamics in low-emission transition pathways: what are the implications across different sectors and applications? (TRANSRISK project)
  • “Raising awareness about climate policy: what are the opportunities for decarbonizing Poland? “ (WZROST project)
  • “Supporting public authorities in reaching their climate and energy targets: what are the main challenges in implementing sustainable energy plans at regional and local level? “ (PUBLEnEf project)
  • The side-event features 5 thematic presentations followed by a panel discussion.


    Julien Guerrier, Director, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME);
    Stefan Lange, Katja Frieler or Jacob Schewe (tbc), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), CRESCENDO project;
    Marta Torres Gunfaus, Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI), COP21RIPPLES project;
    Francis X. Johnson, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), TRANSRISK project;
    Tobiasz Adamczewski, WWF Poland, WZROST project;
    Vlasis Oikonomou, JIN Climate and Sustainability, PUBLEnEf project;
    Franz Immler and Frederik Accoe (EASME)

    6th of December, 2018 14:30 – 16:00


    Public-private partnerships for energy efficiency policies – PUBLEnEf Webinar

    Public-private partnerships for energy efficiency policies

    Thursday, 18 October 2018 from 10:00 to 11:30 (CEST)

    Energy efficiency is the best investment in sustainable energy that has multiple benefits. Yet, its vast potential is not realised. What are the challenges – as it’s seen by the industry? How can regional and local authorities can foster such investments? What are the financial hints and tricks to make a project attractive for those who finance it?
    This webinar aims to discuss these questions among others and assist those considering to draft and implement ambitious local and regional EE policies and actions.


    Adrian Joyce, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE):
    The EE implementation challenge

    Christiane Egger, Upper Austria Energy Agency (OO ESV):
    Carrots and sticks in motivating the large public

    Marie-Laure Falque Masset, Energy Agency of Ile de France (ARENE IDF):
    Energy clusters for the implementation of successful pilots

    Katarzyna Dziamara-Rzucidlo, Energy Efficiency Finance Group (EEFIG):
    Grants or financial instruments – or how to make your EE project attractive for the financial sector? What support is there for you?

    Moderated by Kristina Dely, Energy Cities, the association of cities in their energy transition


    PUBLEnEf project Final Conference

    A new Energy Efficiency Directive has been agreed upon and Europeans now have their new target: 32,5% for 2030. Public authorities through their energy efficiency strategies will be the main drivers for implementing the necessary measures and monitoring their impact towards this new target.

    The PUBLENEF H2020 project has been focusing precisely on mobilising public authorities at local, regional and national level and connecting them. Based on needs assessments and good practices analysis, the partners developed policy roadmaps in 12 cities and regions across Europe to implement energy efficiency pathways towards sustainability.

    In the frame of the European Week of Regions and Cities, this event will explore the capacity of local and regional authorities to lead the transition to an energy efficient society. EU level representatives will present the new policy framework for energy efficiency and the latest financing opportunities. Successful approaches will be discussed and effective tools will be shared. You’ll have the chance to exchange with fellow experts and policy makers on the key dimensions of energy efficiency policies and together explore the latest trends and solutions.

    Wed Oct 10th 09:00 – 16:00
    Palais des Académies, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium


    PUBLEnEf project: Official Trailer


    Supporting Public Authorities for implementing Energy Efficiency Policies

    PUBLEnEf is a 3-year project funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, aiming to assist EU Member States in implementing effective and efficient sustainable energy policies (with the focus on energy efficiency).

    The project helps to empower policy-makers to make use of best practices.
    Specific objectives of PUBLEnEf include:

    • Identification of the needs from national, regional and local authorities for the implementation of Energy Efficiency policies,
    • Collection of best practices and tools for overcoming these needs and replicate them to various Member States, regions and municipal authorities,
    • Development of roadmaps and enhancement the process of successful implementation of policies,
    • Building and strengthening existing networks of policy makers enabling the knowledge exchange from national to regional to local level in Energy Efficiency policy.

    The PUBLEnEf process aims at the assessment of existing energy efficiency policy implementation practices in European Union countries, regions, and cities; strengthening the networking opportunities for relevant public agencies and development and adjustment tools for public agencies to help them to implement energy efficiency policies.
    Furthermore, PUBLEnEf developed a digital platform to enhance the exchange of information and to provide a large variety of supporting tools and resources for energy efficiency policy planning, development, implementation and evaluation.
    JIN Climate and Sustainability (The Netherlands) coordinates the PUBLEnEf project, and collaborates with 12 partner organisations: (CRES) Greece ,(KAPE), Poland, , (CIEMAT) Spain, (CEI), Croatia, (ABEA), Bulgaria, (ESV), Austria, (ENEA)Italy, (FEDARENE), Belgium, (Energy Cities), France , (TEA), Ireland, (ARENE), France, (AEEPM), Romania, (ISNOVA), Italy.

    You can find out more information of our project on our website ( or please feel free to contact us at


    PUBLEnEf Webinar – Supporting the implementation of Energy Efficiency Policies

    The PUBLEnEf Webinar organised by FEDARENE and Energy Cities Supporting the Implementation of Energy Efficiency Policies through Technical Assistance and Roadmaps took place on 10 January 2018 at 11:00am CET.
    During this webinar, the European Commission’s and the European Investment Bank’s offer of technical assistance were presented in detail. Regional Energy Agencies presented the key challenges and solutions when trying to up-scale investments in energy efficient streetlighting.
    The “putting energy efficiency first” principle set out in the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package of the European Commission, is bound to the multilevel implementation of energy efficiency policies across Europe. To this end, technical assistance provided through the “Project Development Assistance” under Horizon2020 and through the EIB-ELENA facility plays a crucial role in building the required technical, economic and legal expertise and in preparing substantial investment programmes for energy efficiency. The PUBLEnEf project is as well supporting this dynamic with a range of national, regional and local energy efficiency roadmaps, which tackle the specific needs of public authorities and utilize best practices from across Europe. Investments in the transition to energy efficient streetlighting is in particular starting to be a priority in many regions.

    :: Watch the recording of the PUBLEnEf webinar

    :: Download the slides of the webinar:

    Funding for Aggregation – Project Development Assistance under the new H2020 Work Programme 2018-2020,
    Martin Eibl, EASME, Public Authorities, Energy Services and Financing Unit

    Preparing successful energy efficiency investments: An overview of the ELENA fund for technical assistance,
    Maciej Szczepański, EIB, Energy Efficiency & Small-Scale Energy Projects Division

    The ELENA-NEWLIGHT project – A story on aggregation of public lighting projects,
    Ivan Pržulj, North-West Croatia Regional Energy AgencyPromotional video

    The PUBLEnEf Energy Efficiency Policy Roadmap – Public Lighting Renovation in Tipperary, Ireland,
    Paula Gallagher, Tipperary Energy AgencyPromotional video


    EE Roadmaps video Library

    See here short videos about EE Roadmaps developed by PUBLEnEf Team

    PUBLENEF aims to assist European Union Member States in implementing effective and efficient sustainable energy policies (with the focus on energy efficiency) and empower them to make use of the best practices and policy processes implemented in other Member States at the national, regional and/or local level.

    As one of final expected project achievements, different roadmaps will be developed in project participant countries to enhance public authorities’ capacity to actually implement energy efficiency pathways towards sustainability.

    The development of the specific roadmaps shall be based on the outcomes of the main ‘research’ components of PUBLENEF: Assessment of good practices and needs for energy efficiency policies at national, regional and local level; matching assessment of policy needs with best practices.

    See all developd roadmaps on EE Roadmaps Library