The Danube Region Energy Efficiency Concept for Public Buildings
The Europe 2020 Strategy targeted to save 20% (368 Mtoe) of the European Union’s primary energy consumption by 2020 compared to projections made about such consumption back in 2007. However, the continent is not on track to reach this energy efficiency goal set for 2020.
The Danube Region Energy Efficiency Concept for Public Buildings is to investigate the current practice of financing energy efficiency investments in public buildings of the Danube Region countries. The concept is to focus on sharing best practices and based on this, to formulate policy recommendations in order to create a more attractive environment for public building renovation projects.
A consultation paper of the European Commission dated February 2012 has listed some well-known obstacles to investments in energy efficiency projects in the European Union in general. The main barriers to initiating such projects are of market, financial and/or regulatory in nature.
The Energy Priority Area believes that many of these obstacles could be eliminated more effectively at regional level. The concept is to result in a retrospective analysis and state-of-play study dealing with energy-efficiency investments of public buildings in the region by analysing the energy efficiency potential, existing investments and financial sources of public buildings.