Build a new Energy Renovation Strategy around the Mediterranean

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Location: France 
Address: Hôtel de Région 27, Place Jules Guesde - 13481 Marseille cedex 20 

Who are you ?

 The Conseil Regional Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (Regional Council or local authority) was established in 1982 following the implementation of the decentralization laws. It counts some 123 regional councillors elected by universal suffrage for six-year terms. However, in accordance with the ongoing reform of the Council, the mandate of the regional councillors elected in March 2010 will expire in March 2014. New elections will be held to elect Territorial Councillors. renaud Muselier is the chair. The Council has deliberative power: it meets in plenary sessions to make major decisions affecting the future of the region.

Why join the MARIE project?

The building sector accounts for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions. This is particularly the case for existing buildings constructed after World War II and before the oil crisis of the 70s, and before the first laws in connection with energy efficiency appeared in France. This explains the fact that existing buildings are particularly concerned by the commitments and policies at different levels to meet the challenges of climate change:

- At an international level: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has defined a target named "factor 4" to reverse the trend of climate change;

 - At the European level the European Union has adopted the EPBD and the famous "3 times 20%"; as well as the Climate Energy commitments which also affect buildings:

- At the level of France: the "Grenelle de l'Environnement" initiative has led France to set more ambitious targets, especially in buildings with energy savings of up to 38% in the stock of existing buildings by 2020;

- At the regional level: the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  region has decided to reduce its own energy consumption for its activities and buildings (40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050).

However, despite the incentives and regulatory frameworks at the national level, the renovation of the housing stock has not really started and faces many barriers.

This situation seems to be even more critical in the Mediterranean regions where the specifics of climate and socio-economic aspects are key factors that will affect demand in this marked in the making.

 In the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region the market size for SME in the building sector is expected to increase to 45 billion euros by 2050. This represents 14,500 jobs created per year. However, this estimated demand does not yet exist.

 Nonetheless, the market for energy retrofitting is looking healthy, notably for traditional construction SMEs and new players who are positioning themselves to offer new services to convince potential clients.

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  region with its French partners, CMAR and Effinergie have joined forces as partners in the MARIE project. Their goals are to professionalise the supply side and to promote demand and to make them converge towards promising energy retrofits.

What is your role in the project?

The PProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  Region manages the WP2 which is focused on communication and the training of professionals.

On the communication side, this theme is split in two. The objective of the first is to promote the project among all the stakeholders and the second consists in implementing a communications plan across Europe to raise awareness, and changing attitudes with regards energy retrofitting. The target groups are:

- public works officials, private (professionals and companies), individuals, etc.,

- energy and building sector professionals

- third party energy retrofitting supply chain professionals (the institutions that promote and support energy renovation, real estate professionals, funding actors).

With regards to continuing education, the term "professional" refers to all actors involved in the energy renovation of buildings, as much on the demand side (building owners, managers, users) as the supply side (products and services for design, construction and maintenance of buildings), and intermediary actors (government departments, elected officials and local authorities, real estate professionals, financing ...). The objective of this training program is to contribute to the growing skills of actors necessary for the development of energy renovation of buildings in the Mediterranean.

The PProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  Region is also involved in each WP as a collaborator and, more operationally, on WP 5 by implementing an pilot project, called pilot action 3.3. This project aims to develop innovative services to support small-scale enterprises and encourage them to position themselves in the market for energy renovation, by accompanying their clients towards high-energy efficiency renovations, implemented in a professional manner .. (link to "Success Stories".)

The necessary skills transferred from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region are: construction, restoration, maintenance, equipment and operations, reception, maintenance and school meals in secondary schools.

- Professional training including continuing education of social workers, nurses, and skills acquisition.

- Economic development

- Regional transportation of commuters

- Territorial planning

In each of these sectors It is the Conseil Regional that decides acts and finances. The Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region has chosen to be proactive in other areas: culture, youth, sport, the environment, research, urban planning and agriculture