SHared knowledge for Energy Renovation in buildings by
Public Administrations
SHERPA’s main objective is to reinforce the capacities of public administrations, at regional and sub-regional level, to improve energy efficiency in public buildings. To do so, a transnational, holistic and peer-to-peer model is being developed in order to work on the main barriers related to EEB strategies in public buildings.
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Over the past 6 months, SHERPA has completed its testing activities and started to disseminate them through its Joint Transferring Seminar in Marseille and ongoing National Seminars. 2019 will be marked by the Capitalisation Regional Workshops, the preparation of SHERPA’s Joint Action Plan, and the integration of 100 new public buildings belonging to Municipalities within the partners’ regions, and to regional or local governments in the APFs’ for the replication of SHERPA’s methodology.
SHERPA practical case - Firefighter Station in Calaf (ES)
SHERPA's practical case: Firefighter building of Calaf - Catalunya
Over the past 6 months, SHERPA has completed its testing activities and started to disseminate them. The Joint Transferring Seminar (JTS), held in Marseille on the 18th, July 2018 back to back with the CPMR-IMC Task Force on Energy renovation in Mediterranean buildigns,  was the starting point for transferring activities. The main aim of the JTS was to discuss the key conclusions of the testing Work Package and agree on the main messages to transfer and how to share them. This is one of the 3 transferring activities foreseen by the project, together with the Joint Transferring Plan and National Transference Seminars.

Since then, the Joint Transferring Plan has been completed and approved and 3 national seminars (Italian, Maltese and Greek) have been organised, aiming to share the results and conclusions of the Testing WP to the other regions and municipalities within SHERPA territories and further across the MED area. These seminars were also an opportunity for municipalities to materialise their interest in the project by becoming observers.  At the next stage of the project, during the Capitalisation phase, some Observers will have the chance of becoming Implementers, committing to replicate the project’s methodology through the development of an EEB project in one of their public buildings.

The next National Seminar will be the Spanish one, in Valencia, back-to-back with SHERPA’s 6th Steering Committee; the following National Seminars will take place in France and Croatia.
SHERPA 5th Steering Committee - Gozo, 13 November 2018

SHERPA’s 5th Steering Committe was held in Gozo (MT) on November 13, back-to-back with SHERPA’s Maltese National Seminar (14th) and CESBA Sprint Workshop. During this meeting the last results of the testing phase were discussed and validated; the project partners presented the conclusions of their ERB projects and explained the work done on  their regional ERB roadmaps.

It was also a good opportunity to present the conclusion of the 1st National Seminar (IT) and discuss the foreseen ones.

Last but not least, the content of the Joint Transferring Plan was presented and validated and the draft structure of the capitalisation plan was outlined. The Capitalisation phase and its activities will be discussed in depth in the next Steering Committee, to take part on the 29th January 2019 in Valencia.

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SHERPA Italian National Seminar - Bologna, 19 October 2018

The 1st SHERPA National Seminar was held in Bologna (Italy) on October 19th and gathered around 60 people, most of them coming from public authorities.
This event was a real success as it was organised back-to-back with internationally renowned trade fair for the construction sector, the SAIE.

The Seminar organised by SHERPA’s by the three Italian partners of the project, namely the Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna Region and Lazio Regions, was the opportunity to highlight the results of the project and their long-term strategies for the renovation of the stock of public buildings beyond these 3 regions.

Toolkits for quality and bankability from SHERPA and other European projects, IMPULSE and SISMA, which are part of the same MED community and LEMON funded by the Horizon 2020 program were also presented.

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SHERPA Maltese National Seminar - Gozo, 14 November 2018

The Seminar was organised the day after SHERPA’s 5th Steering Committe, on November 14 in Gozo, and gathered 41 people.

It was opened by Hon. Minister Dr. Justyne Caruana, Minister for Gozo, who explained how the vision of SHERPA complements the vision of ecoGozo which foresees the island to become green and sustainable

The objective of this meeting was to give an introduction and explain the objectives of the project to stakeholders involved in the field of energy efficiency in public buildings, who might be interested in becoming Observers of the project.

Round table discussions were held to explain how SHERPA can support local councils and other Ministries to improve energy efficiency in their public buildings stock as well as the figure of a SHERPA Observer and the benefits in becoming one.
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SHERPA Greek National Seminar - Athens, 3 December 2018

The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) and the Region of Crete, Greek partners of SHERPA, organised the Greek National Transferring Seminar “«Integrated strategies for the energy renovation of public buildings in the Mediterranean» in Athens on 3 December 2018.
Around 50 people representing a variety of Greek public administrations at various levels (national, regional, local) including the Ministry of Environment & Energy, the Region of Western Greece, the Region of Ionian Islands, as well as other interested stakeholders, attended the seminar.
An overview of SHERPA’s objectives and activities was presented, followed by the presentation of the implementation of the project in Greece and the results of the testing phase in the pilot Region of Crete.
A second session was dedicated to good practices of energy saving in public buildings, presented by three Greek Municipalities. And finally, activities of other European co-financed projects in the thematic of energy efficiency in buildings were presented, with a view of exploring synergies with SHERPA.
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General Assembly of the CPMR, 17-19 October 2018 in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal)

The future of Europe, the EU Budget and post-2020 EU policies impacting on regions were among the key issues discussed at the CPMR General Assembly, held in Funchal, Madeira, on 17-19 October, 2018.
During this event, SHERPA was presented as best practice, in particular during the presentation of the CPMR's key messages on climate change, notably the need to realise the ambition to limit global warming to 1.5 ° C by 2100 and the net zero carbon rate by 2050, as well as the need for a multi-level governance approach.
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Interreg MED Efficient Building & Renewable Energy communities came together for a joint event in Ljubljana, on 18-19 October

SHERPA was well represented at the EB & RE MED Conference in Ljubljana. It was the occasion for the two Communities of the axis 2 “Low Carbon Economy” to share best practices and start discussing on capitalisation of their outcomes through policy making. Indeed, identification of barriers/solutions on planning and management, awareness, etc. and the update on EU initiatives/policies and priorities were useful hints towards an inclusive EE model for the MED area. SHERPA information system and EEB training course system were presented as part of the solutions.
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CESBA Sprint Workshop - Gozo, 15/16 November 2018

CESBA MED partners, which is another project from the Efficient Building Thematic Community, were also in Gozo at the same time to take part in the annual CESBA Sprint workshop aiming at fostering the debate among  Mediterranean stakeholders on the future of the built environment sector locally, regionally or transnationally.
SHERPA was represented and attended the thematic working team on “capacity to act: Policy implementation and participation”. The different projects involved in the thematic working team were invited to discuss the benefit of the involvement of the private sector from the public administration perspective; how to convince the private sector; how to involve the neighborhoods and which are the potential actions to reach energy transition/climate adaptation.

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SHERPA Steering Committees

  • 6th Steering Committee - Valencia - 29th of January 2019 
  • 7th Steering Committee - Dubrovnik - June 2019 (tbc)


SHERPA's national coordinators will organise a National Transferring Seminar in each country of the partnership. These seminars intend to transfer the results of the project to a maximum number of regions and municipalities within the involved countries and their surrounding MED areas.
  • Greek Capitalisation Workshop with IMPULSE - Athens : April 2019 (tbc)
Now reaching more than 94 observers, we will be happy to spread the Observer status to other regions and municipalities interested in SHERPA and allow them to have direct access to all the project’s information and be part of the APF.

Advantages of becoming a SHERPA Observer:
  • SHERPA’s observers will have a direct access to the virtual classroom and the materials developed as part of its Training Working Group.
  • Preferencial access to the regional workshops organised in the frame of SHERPA’s capitalisation module
  • SHERPA will provide you with access to a relevant database including a large number of buildings of different typology and at different stages of progress allowing you to benchmark your local strategy on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
  • Municipalities with a SHERPA’s building will have tools such as technical and financial analysis platform that can be used for other cases and to improve the planning tools of the municipalities (SEAPs)
  • SHERPA’s municipalities will benefit from a special and differentiated publicity within the framework of the communication and the transfer of the results of SHERPA
  • Municipalities will have the opportunity of being in contact with a large network of actors / actors of the EEPB in MED through the Interreg MED Efficient Buildings Thematic Community.
If you are stakeholders directly or indirectly involved in the field of energy efficiency in public buildings and wish to become observer of this Forum and take advantage of its benefits on Energy Renovation of Public Buildings, please express your interest by filling in this form
The SHERPA project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Interreg MED Programme
Lead partner: Department of Territory and Sustainability (Government of Catalonia).
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