Attaining the energy efficiency of existing buildings is a major challenge for Europe as it strives to confront the challenge of climate change in the 21st Century.
The Mediterranean regions as well as the most advanced states and regions of Europe must respond to the ambitious national and European commitments that have been made with strategies that are adapted to their specific climatic and socioeconomic needs.
The situation on the ground implies a significant effort for the Mediterranean region that not only has to contend with specific summer conditions and a particular socio-economic context, but also with energy efficiency standards for buildings that are less stringent compared to the rest of the European Union.
23 partners spread across 9 Mediterranean countries have responded and committed themselves to participate in the MARIE project. The mission of the MARIE project is to co-construct a strategy for energy efficiency improvement in existing buildings in the Mediterranean region. To succeed in this task, MARIE faces three major challenges:
The underlying idea, therefore, thanks to this Mediterranean task force, is to go further towards the jointly-defined objectives but also to defend the specific characteristics of Mediterranean buildings, and to do so in such a way as to be able to compete on an equal footing with northern European Regions. The first measures to be proposed are presented under the rubric ‘Tools to decide and act’.
These measures touch on the following subjects: