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Lead Partner – Generalitat de Catalunya

Generalitat de Catalunya

Department of Governance, Public Administrations and Housing.

C/ Diputación, 92. 08015 Barcelona (SPAIN)

Short description of the entity 

The European Programmes Unit has a broad experience in leading EU-funded projects, under several programmes, related to housing, urban areas, energy efficiency and SMART policy implementation. It has acted as a Lead Partner in several Strategic Projects, such as the MARIE project, and is also involved in many others as partner, having gained a reputation of well developing partner and reliability in defining and acquiring objectives.

Short description of the role in the project

As Lead Partner of the SHERPA project, the European Programmes Unit was involved in every part of the project. It embraced the overall management and financial overview of the project whilst playing a leading role in the coordination of the development of the testing module, coordinating its activities and supervising the different working groups. It also played a crucial role in the development of the communication activities, as well as the transferring and capitalising ones, with a special focus on the Catalonia area.

Achievements from the SHERPA project

“SHERPA is a great opportunity to start and develop new ERB policies, as it will be providing the methodology to prepare and finance new energy efficiency projects for the Public Administrations buildings in the Catalan territory. We expect SHERPA to provide the framework to begin a new strategy to upgrade the sustainability of the public buildings in the Catalan territory, thus generating important economic savings for the contributors, as well as complying with the carbon emission, energy savings and RES objectives settled by the EU and the Catalan Government.”

Contact: Juan Antonio Bas Villalobos

Coordination of external action

Secretary of the Urban Agenda and Territory

Mobile: +34 667 081 843


International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering 

CIMNE - UPC Campus Terrassa, Edifici GAIA (TR14), 2ª Planta, Desp. 236. C/. Rambla Sant Nebridi 22, 08222 Terrassa, Barcelona (SPAIN)

Short description of the entity

CIMNE, www.cimne.com, is an autonomous research and development centre, created in 1987. CIMNE has the experience and reputation gained through participation in more than 950 R&D projects with the financial support of the European Community, and various organizations as well as Spanish and international enterprises. Within CIMNE, the Buildings Energy and Environment (BEE Group) is an independent research group of around 20 researchers, focusing their R&D activities on methodologies and tools for the reduction of CO2 emissions in the urban environment. Within this focus, work is organised along three lines: applied research for the energy retrofitting of buildings and neighbourhoods; applied research for the introduction of renewable energies and energy efficient methodologies in the building sector and consultancy and assessment to municipalities to enhance their sustainable urban development, CIMNE BEE Group is dedicated to achieving the highest possible energy performance in as many buildings as possible, by the practical application of research results in a real, business oriented environment. Our Municipal Information Energy System (SIE) (http://www.inergybcn.com/), an energy management service enabling auditing, monitoring and control of municipal energy consumption in public buildings and public lighting systems is implemented in over 6000 public buildings and 250 municipalities. Our Big Data Open source platform, BEE Data (www.beegroup-cimne.com) is providing energy awareness services to more than 300.000 residential consumers and business intelligence services to 8 electricity distribution and supply companies.

Short description of the role in the project

The role of CIMNE in the project was to provide the Information System for gathering and analysing the data from the public buildings involved in the SHERPA pilots. The Information System was essential for the decision making, the knowledge exchange and the training activities in the project. Based on the collection and analysis of energy efficiency measures (EMS) applied in real buildings and the evaluation of their impact over the energy consumption, the Information System has provided key insights and has enabled the collaboration between the SHERPA partners.

Achievements from the SHERPA project

Collection of large amount of public building data from the Mediterranean region, including energy consumption and EEM by building typologies which gave place to extensive benchmarking and evaluation of the effectiveness of the investments in energy efficiency. This has provided valuable knowledge and improved tools for the CIMNE’s consultancy services for the public sector.


Valencia Institute of Building

Carrer de les Tres Forques, 98. 46018 València (SPAIN)

Short description of the entity

The Valencia Institute of Building (Instituto Valenciano de la Edificación), IVE, is a non-profit research institute focused on the built environment and construction field since 1986. IVE promotes competitive research, innovation, education and multilateral cross-border cooperation projects by enhancing sustainability in buildings and resilience in cities.

Following a multidisciplinary approach, IVE supports the Valencian Community Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning policies, and contributes to innovation of the construction sector, using a problem-solving methodology. It endorses knowledge dissemination and technology transfer by putting together the four main stakeholder groups of the innovation pyramid: R&D, public authorities, private companies and society in general.

Short description of the role in the project

Owners and investors often complain about the multiple barriers they face when improving the energy performance of public buildings. Together with the difficulty to access financing, one of the most often quoted barriers is the lack of knowledge about what to do, where to start, which measures to implement, and in which order. IVE  coordinated the TRAINING work package which objective was to improve stakeholders’ skills through webinars. By means of a Virtual Classroom Web platform, an online repository with the recording of all training sessions and a wide range of material and resources remains available for consultation for all parties involved in the project. 

However, apart from leading the TRAINING work package, IVE  actively participated in SHERPA with 10 regional pilots and 10 local building pilots, in collaboration with the different local and regional administrations. 

Achievements from the SHERPA project

“We are interested in reporting some good examples of energy renovation of public buildings to create a snow ball effect showing tangible ways of improving the Mediterranean public building stock. With this in mind, IVE expects Mediterranean Regions will implement and comply with the Energy Efficiency Directive requirements, and that deep energy renovation of building stock takes off in the coming years led by regional and council governments.

Additionally, due to our leader role in the TRAINING work package and to our large experience on professional education, we will refine topics, materials and teaching methodology in order to further improve stakeholders’ skills in the Mediterranean climate and culture.”  

Contact: Ms Laura Soto Francés, Dr. Architect and Ms Carolina Mateo Cecilia, Dr. Architect 

@: lsoto@five.es & cmateo@five.es

Tel: +34 961 20 75 31


Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR) Intermediterranean Commission  

Delegation of the CPMR in Spain, Via Laietana, 14. 08003 Barcelona (SPAIN)

Short description of the entity

Created in Andalusia in 1990 and gathering around 40 Member Regions from 9 different EU member states and other countries (Albania, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia) the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) was created to express the shared interests of Mediterranean Regions in important European negotiations. It focuses on the development of the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and territorial cooperation, concentrating its efforts on Transport and Integrated Maritime Policy, Economic and Social Cohesion, Water and Energy.

Short description of the role in the project

As WP2 (Communication) leader, the IMC was mainly in charge of coordinating communication activities, which include elaborating promotional materials (brochure, factsheets, newsletters, videos, etc.), feeding the MED web platform, identifying and collaborating with key stakeholders through SHERPA target audience mapping, and interacting with the MED thematic community 2.1 on Efficient Buildings. The IMC also participated in testing activities (WP3) to follow closely the results of the project and be able to translate them into a simple language. Being a network of over 40 Mediterranean regions and having a Task Force dedicated to EEB, the IMC finally played an important role in capitalisation activities. Two meetings of its EEB Task Force has been organised back-to-back with regional workshops falling under WP5 (Capitalisation). SHERPA Final Agreement, which encompasses the Joint Action Plan, Policy Recommendations and the Declaration of Commitment, has been presented and signed during the IMC 2019 General Assembly. 

Achievements from the SHERPA project

Help raise the capacity of our members in terms of EEB and also improve regional EEB strategies. Feed our TF and engage our members.

Contact: Mrs Flora Leroy, Policy and Project Officer, Mr Davide Strangis, Director General European Programs, Partnerships and Geographical Commissions and Mr Emmanuel Maniscalco, Senior Programme Officer

@: flora.leroy@crpm.org ; davide.strangis@crpm.org & emmanuel.maniscalco@crpm.org

Tel: +33 7 63 22 33 25


National association of local authorities, associations and companies for waste management, energy management and district heating

18 rue Gabriel Péri CS 20102 Cedex

69623 Villeurbanne (FRANCE)

Description of the entity: 

Created 30 years ago, AMORCE is the French association for energy management and waste management. AMORCE counts 850 members among whom more than 550 local authorities, and 250 professionals. In the energy department, we mainly work on energy efficiency (for public and private buildings), renewable energy, district heating, gas and electric grids, local energy policies. We animate this network of members to share experiences, knowledge and opinions, through about fifty meetings and publications yearly.  AMORCE is also a privileged interlocutor to represent local authorities and professionals in national negotiations dealing with energy or waste field.

Description of the role of your entity in the project:   

As a member of SHERPA Project, AMORCE has worked with French Mediterranean regions to facilitate renovation of public buildings. As an expert on EEB, AMORCE has contributed to disseminate best practices and key info to region, municipalities and their main partners. We aimed to identify and publicize the brakes and levers to the renovation regarding especially financing support. Moreover, as a recognized network, AMORCE organized meetings and trainings dealing with renovation and energy management.

Achievements from the SHERPA project: 

SHERPA brought us shared knowledge, expanded our European network and strengthened our abilities to facilitate public buildings renovations through a well-established methodology. Joining Sherpa project gave us more possibilities to support French local authorities to massify the energy efficiency measures on public buildings.

“As we didn’t start to analyse regional buildings yet, the first and second management meetings were an excellent opportunity to learn about region in further progress.  Being SHERPA members for ten months enabled us attend to useful technical training courses. In addition, the exchanges within the group also led us to accelerate the elaboration of a communication document for municipalities about all existing financial sources for publics building renovation."

Official contact Person: Fabien Moudileno, Energy Officer 

PP5 – Emilia-Romagna

Regione Emilia-Romagna

Viale Aldo Moro 30, 40127 Bologna (ITALY)

Short description of the entity

Emilia-Romagna is located in the north east of Italy having an extension of 22,452.77 Km2 and about 4.500.000 inhabitants. Emilia-Romagna Regional Authority was established on June 1970 and includes local communities, institutions and territories of 9 Provinces (Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia, Rimini). The headquarters of Emilia Romagna is in the city of Bologna. Emilia Romagna regulates and promotes the sustainable development of the territory including energy sustainability and efficient use of resources.

Short description of the role in the project

The Emilia Romagna Region participated actively in the testing phase involving 10 public buildings and related energy efficiency projects. It contributed with the other regions to define a common roadmap for the transferring of test phase results to regional and international levels, also through regional events and workshops. In the final phase for capitalization of results, the Region has integrated the developed tools within the local planning processes and in specific within the local SEAPs.

Achievements from the SHERPA project

The SHERPA project is strategic in order to achieve the energy efficiency objectives about public buildings defined in local and regional energy policies. The tools developed by the project concerning governance, information, awareness, training and financing compose a reference model. Project activities focus on public social housing building keeping into consideration the relevant role of the housing policies for reducing the costs of energy consumption within household economy and improving well-being and health in an integrated and sustainable way.

Contact: Ms Claudia Mazzoli (technical and management activities) and Ms Valeria Camprini (administrative and financial activities)

@: claudia.mazzoli@Regione.Emilia-Romagna.it & valeria.camprini@Regione.Emilia-Romagna.it 

Tel: +39 051 527 34 31

PP6 – Lazio

Via Rosa Raimondi Garibaldi, 7

00145 Roma Lazio 

Short description of the entity

Development of the regional territory, environmental impact, strengthening of best practices on energy savings, innovative spin-off on a post-seismic town, energy classification on building under reconstruction after the earthquake of 2009, sharing good initiatives with other project’s partners.

Short description of the role in the project

The Lazio Region has the task of identifying, together with the other Partners, the methodologies aimed at transferring the results of the Project. For this activity it provides:

- to share with the other Project Partners the procedure used for the Call for proposal "Sustainable Energy 2.0" of the ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 - Priority Axis 4 Sustainable Energy and Mobility - Investing in public buildings to improve economic and environmental sustainability through interventions for energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy;

- to produce a short guide showing the way to incorporate in future projects/bands the best practices of the SHERPA project.

Achievements from the SHERPA project

The Lazio Region has strengthened the regional energy efficiency policy in synergy with local plans and strategies at municipal level. It has increased the commitment of local authorities through SEAP/ESCP to really contribute to the regional and national energy efficiency objective. It has increased knowledge and capitalised on better energy management in public buildings at regional and local level. The Lazio Region has also developed synergies with measures related to energy efficiency in public buildings financed by the ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020.


Federico D’Amely

e-mail: f.d’amely@lazioinnova.it

tel. +390660516413


Manuela Morbegno

e-mail: mmorbegno@regione.lazio.it

tel. +390651689405


PP7 – Abruzzo

Via Salaria Antica Est n. 27

67100 L'Aquila – Abruzzo - ITALY

Short description of the entity 

The Abruzzo Region has always been very active and much involved in European Union initiatives and this has allowed giving a boost to the regional economy. The Abruzzo Region can rely on 22 staff members who deal with disseminating and fostering – also by means of training and information activities - the opportunities offered by the EU programmes, to encourage increasingly broader participation of associations, enterprises and local administrations.

Short description of the role in the project

The Abruzzo Region played no specific role in terms of SHERPA WPs management like some of the other partners. Its tasks included the identification of several pilot buildings and the collection of the related information, relevant to integrate the shared platform and to achieve the project objectives in view of the capitalisation phase. The Abruzzo Region was actively engaged in all project activities.

Achievements from the SHERPA project

Over the years, Abruzzo has built upon the topics relating to energy efficiency of public buildings, with particular reference to the historic buildings severely ruined by the earthquake in 2009 and by the most recent earthquakes that hit many towns and villages. We believe that to share these experiences with the other partners is extremely important, with the aim to extend the adoption of techniques and models to as many buildings as possible, which may improve design and management.

Contact : Paola Di Salvatore

@ : paola.disalvatore@regione.abruzzo.it

Tel: 0039-0862 364285

PP8 – Ministry for Gozo

Ministry for Gozo

ECOGOZO Regional Development Directorate

St Francis Square Victoria, Gozo VCT 1335 Victoria (MALTA)

Short description of the entity

EcoGozo is essentially a Local Sustainable Development strategy for the Island of Gozo adopted by the Government in 2009. Through a holistic approach, this strategy seeks to achieve an enduring environmental improvement while at the same time, fostering economic development and social progress on the island. The Directorate for ecoGozo and Regional Development within the Ministry for Gozo has taken up the role required to consolidate and formalise this vision, and organize and coordinate its implementation.

Short description of the role in the project

The Directorate for ecoGozo and Regional Development is the only entity within the Ministry for Gozo that was responsible for carrying out the SHERPA Project.

Achievements from the SHERPA project

“We expect this project to identify ways in which energy inefficient buildings owned by public administration can be improved in terms of energy efficiency. The envisaged training should empower us to be able to share the knowledge acquired in this project with other local entities that may wish to energy renovate buildings in the future.”

Contact: Ms Vicky Xuereb

@: vicky.xuereb@gov.mt 

Tel: +356 22156321  


Regional Development Agency of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County DUNEA LLC

Branitelja Dubrovnika 41, 20000 Dubrovnik Dubrovačko-neretvanska županija


Short description of the entity

The Regional Development Agency of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County DUNEA LLC. was founded in 2006 at the initiative of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and its basic role is to achieve sustainable development of the County as well as to improve and coordinate existing development activities in accordance with the needs of the Region, national requirements, and requirements of the European Union in order to plan the future economic development with bordering regions.

Short description of the role in the project

DUNEA, as the representative of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, was involved in the following WPs: Project Management, Project Communication, Testing, Transferring and Capitalizing. Our role was to cooperate with the Government of Catalonia (LP) and other project partners, institutions which are engaged in EEB plans and the SEAPs in the project area and the MED area and European organisations to accomplish all the activities, outputs and deliverables.

Achievements from the SHERPA project

 “As much as possible EEB projects to reinforce the capacities of Public Administrations at regional and sub-regional level within the Dubrovnik-Neretva County so as to be a part of envisaged 25% energy and CO2 emissions reduction; regional and local EEB Policy Agreements; shared Information system among the participating regions and municipalities; public awareness strategies, including planning and implementation of specific trainings; innovative combination and optimization of financial models for EEB.” 


Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving

19th km Marathonos Ave, 19009, Pikermi, Attiki (GREECE)

Short description of the entity

The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) is the Greek national entity for the promotion of energy saving, rational use of energy and renewable energy sources. It is the national coordination centre for supporting the implementation of the national energy efficiency policy and provides support to public authorities in planning and implementing energy-efficiency plans and projects for their public buildings’ stock. It has participated in numerous national/EU projects in the field of energy-efficiency in buildings and communities e.g. ELIH-MED, REPUBLIC-MED etc.

Short description of the role in the project

CRES coordinated the capitalisation work package (WP5), aimed at ensuring wide diffusion of SHERPA and other relevant projects’ results to Regions/Municipalities across the MED area. CRES has developed an online capitalisation forum and set of toolkits. At national level, CRES has collaborated with the Region of Crete throughout the project providing technical support in the implementation of the pilot activities (WP3), and had a key role in the transferring activities (WP4) particularly through its role as a national Covenant of Mayors coordinator.

Achievements from the SHERPA project

CRES provides support to public authorities in developing and implementing energy renovation plans and projects for public buildings. Through SHERPA, CRES gained valuable experience from testing and capitalisation of methodologies/best practices related to energy renovation of public buildings, through an integrated approach (governance, information, financial, awareness) at multi-governance level. Furthermore, SHERPA offered the opportunity to build synergies with and capitalise on CRES past and current projects related to public buildings energy-efficiency.

PP11 - Crete

Region of Crete

Eleftherias Square, 71201 Heraklion (GREECE)

Short description of the entity

Public authority that designs and implements policies for sustainable regional development at socioeconomic, environmental and cultural level. It demonstrates a strategic planning in its territory for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth under the vision of the “Europe 2020” in the fields of environment, energy, climate change, social policy and innovation. It elaborates a regional energy strategy as a policy tool for the design, development and implementation of energy projects in order to meet the energy needs, save energy and protect the environment and cultural heritage.

Short description of the role in the project

Our main role as a pilot region was to reinforce the capacity of our entity to improve EE in our building stock, reduce CO2 emissions and transfer the knowledge to local actors. We participated in the four pilot activities (governance, information, awareness - training and financing) of the Testing WP, with 10 selected buildings, in order to integrate the knowledge generated, in our regional strategy. Through the transferring and capitalizing WPs, we planned to engage all the municipalities and the key players of the energy sector for designing and implementing the regional EEB strategy.

Achievements from the SHERPA project

Our participation in the project enhanced the capacity of regional and local administrations for designing and implementing the regional EEB strategy. Training and educational seminars provide public authorities knowledge and know-how for renovating public and municipal buildings to improve energy performance. Through cooperation and common understanding it is expected public authorities to be informed and motivated as to achieve good projects and practices.

Contact: Ms Maria Apostolaki

@: maria.apostolaki@gmail.com 

Tel: +30 2813400248