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Interreg MED SHERPA project to implement 200 energy renovation projects

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SHERPA (SHared knowledge for Energy Renovation in buildings by Public Administrations) is a Testing and Capitalising EU project financed by the Interreg Med Programme under Specific Objective 2.1 (“to raise capacity for better management of energy in public buildings at transnational level”).


It aims to reinforce the capacities of public administrations at regional and sub-regional level to improve Energy Efficiency in public buildings so as to address difficulties related to EEB (Energy Efficiency in Buildings) projects in the Mediterranean area – which has a great potential for energy saving – and speed up the implementation of Directives 2010/31/EU (Energy Performance of Buildings) and 2012/27/EU (Energy Efficiency). The final goal is to reach the EU 20% energy efficiency and 25% CO2 emissions reduction target by 2020.


One of the key objectives of the project is to set up 200 project proposals for Energy Renovation in Public Buildings. 100 energy renovation proposals, to be identified according to specific selection criteria, will be carried out on public buildings in the Mediterranean regions involved in the project. Another 100 proposals will be selected in the municipalities of these regions. All these projects will be implemented according to specific findings, guidelines, tools and strategies. They will be associated with public-private investments worth around 300 million euros and producing thousands of new jobs.


SHERPA’s consortium consists of 12 partners, including 8 regional authorities, namely: Catalonia, the Valencian Community, Lazio, Emilia Romagna, Abruzzo and Crete, Dubrovnik, Gozo; a French association involving regional and local authorities and focusing on energy among other topics (AMORCE); the Intermediterranean Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR-IMC), which is a network of regions and a lobby; the Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) and the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE).


SHERPA builds on the experience gained over years with former European projects developed in the previous programming period, namely MARIE, ELIH-MED and PROFORBIOMED, including the related documents and political outputs, such as the Ljubljana Declaration and the Policy Paper ‘Responding to challenges regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy in Mediterranean buildings’.


At the project’s completion, a Joint Action Plan will be produced. It will have a wider Mediterranean scope on Energy renovation in buildings (ERB) and will look at the potential for future interventions at transnational and regional/local level taking into account governance aspects, shared information systems, training and awareness raising as well as innovative financing schemes.



General information


Lead partner: Generalitat de Catalunya - Department of Governance, Public Administrations and Housing


Start date: 01.11.2016


End date: 31.10.2019


Overall budget: €3,591,689.35


ERDF Co-financing: €3,052,935.97 (85%)