SHERPA Joint Action Plan to support the EU ERB directives implementation

The latest press release of SHERPA is out!

SHERPA project partners held its 7th Steering Committee in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 18 June 2019 to discuss the “Joint Action Plan” (JAP) that will be the main capitalising tool for the perspectives of the Energy Renovation in Buildings (ERB).

The meeting was mainly devoted to taking stock of the progress made so far in all the activities composing the project, namely Management, Communication Testing, Transferring and Capitalisation with a special focus on consolidating the Capitalisation phase, preparing the project’s close and reviewing the last activities of the testing and transferring module.

The progress and planned activities under the Capitalisation phase were introduced by Eleni Chatzigeorgiou, from the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), including the 9 Capitalisation Regional Workshops to be organised by each partner Region (one per partner). These Capitalisation Regional Workshops aim to present “Capitalisation” objectives and tools developed under the project. The workshops aim to induce the observers to move on to concrete actions and to target the signature of 50 policy agreements in order to develop Energy Efficiency Plans and Strategies in the territories. 

Some of these events have already been held in Crete (5 April), Alicante (9 April), Valencia (16 April) and Catalonia (29 May with a second one held on 27 June). AMORCE organised an event in Paris that was held in July,  RER workshops were held on 29 May and 22 October and Croatia ,Gozo Lazio and Abruzzo are planning to hold their workshops in the autumn (12 of November for Abruzzo, 26 of November for Lazio, other dates tbd).

One of the main capitalising tools for the perspectives of Energy Renovation in Buildings (ERB) is the Joint Action Plan (JAP). Besides aiming to establish a common framework to streamline EU, national and regional policies, it will also draw on the results of the SHERPA project together with other EU, national, regional and local programmes and initiatives on ERB in public and private buildings in the Mediterranean area. 

It has a strategic axis with several themes including governance as a cross-cutting topic, training and knowledge, technical assistance information systems, networking and funding. These strategic elements can then be developed into operative actions. Multi-level governance actions based on the current level of coordination of regional and municipal ERB strategies will be developed to implement national strategies on ERB within the framework of EU directives.

The other strategic topics will be developed into operative actions through new projects and the SHERPA “Market Place”, an online platform to share and transfer knowledge, experiences in ERB projects in public facilities, identify funding opportunities, provide training tools and help users find experts and partner contacts.

An investment plan, as an added value of the JAP, will be drafted together with the identification of financing sources for implementing both the Joint Action Plan and its specific operative actions. It will be developed in 3 phases, firstly through ERB on public facilities in EU and pre-accession countries, secondly on public facilities in Mediterranean partner countries, and thirdly on public and private facilities in all Mediterranean countries. 

Under the “Testing Regional Buildings” activity, the roadmap foresees the implementation of the optimal Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) considering building typologies and the prioritisation of private over public funding. An IT system gathers the results and impacts from ERB projects and should be kept up to date. A SHERPA Building Card certificate designed by the Scientific Advisory Panel will be presented at the SHERPA final event and will be awarded to buildings that have followed the SHERPA methodology.

Regarding Communication activities, scientific papers are under development. Tested ERB projects will be advertised through videos, social networks and the newsletter. A web page is designed to highlight benefits for municipalities to become SHERPA observers and access the tools developed under the project. 

For more information, please contact Flora Leroy (, Emmanuel Maniscalco (, Claudia Guzzon (