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 Energy Efficiency Buildings (EEB) strategies in public buildings.
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SHERPA ended in January 2020!
After 3 years of rich, intense and fruitful collaboration to improve Energy Efficiency in Mediterranean Public Buildings, it is now time for partners to draw some conclusions and prepare for the future. 

What have been the most recent developments?

SHERPA’s overall objective was to reinforce the capacities of public administrations at regional and sub-regional level within the territories covered by SHERPA (Catalunya, Crete, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta Valencia) so as to improve Energy Efficiency in their Public Buildings’ stock and address difficulties related to energy efficiency in buildings projects in the Mediterranean area.

In order to do so, SHERPA developed around 165 ERB projects proposals at regional and local scale.

These project proposals were created thanks to a transnational, holistic and peer-to-peer model developed through 4 different working groups: governance, information, awareness and training, and financing.

• A roadmap was created in order to have an overview of the building stock of each MED region;

• An information system facilitating the collection and benchmarking of building’s data to identify buildings that could easily increase their energy efficiency with simple and economic measures;

• More than 150 civil servants were trained to identify the most effective and depreciable measures to implement according to the typology of the building;

• Publics Administrations were able to calculate the best financing option to fund their projects.

SHERPA partners are now involved in the MED ERB Joint Action Plan (IT version available here) developed during the capitalisation phase of the project and which aims at setting up a common framework for integrated strategies for the Energy Renovation of Public Buildings (ERPB) in the Mediterranean area through the capitalisation of common experiences, tools and methodologies (based on the work and results of the SHERPA project, the Interreg MED Efficient Buildings and Renewable Energies Communities and others EU projects and initiatives’ results), and the definition of an integrated investment plan on ERB.

By implementing the MED ERB JAP, SHERPA's regions will be able to:
  • Benefit from integrated, consolidated and capitalised knowledge and work carried out on ERB projects in the Mediterranean area;
  • Access an effective system, practical and “rolling” instrument to ease the implementation of the ERB policies and practices on public facilities;
  • Bring together public administrations and/or private agents on ERB to develop joint transnational and local strategies and concrete actions and projects;
  • Identify investments and to search, provide/promote specific solutions to finance them for ERB projects and innovate on funding structures to make that investment real.
The JAP will be disseminated as broadly as possible in order to reach new supporters willing to foster cooperation with other administrations, private actors, international organisations and initiatives and new concrete actions related to Energy Renovation in Buildings

SHERPA will also be kept alive through the new Interreg MED Horizontal Project on Energy Efficiency.

All the project's deliverables are now available on SHERPA's dedicated webpage and on SHERPA Capitalisation Platform which hosts the capitalisation forum as well as the capitalisation set of toolkits.
SHERPA Final Conference at the European Committee of the Regions
22 January 2020

SHERPA's final conference gathered around 60 people, including SHERPA partners, representatives of European actors and ERB experts on European policies and strategies to achieve the European CO₂ reduction and Energy Efficiency targets. 

During its final conference, SHERPA offered the participants a dynamic debate on European policies and strategies to achieve the European CO₂ reduction and Energy Efficiency targets, with a main focus on Energy Renovation of Buildings linked to the European Green Deal and the next programming period. In this framework, the MED ERB Joint Action Plan  was presented and well received by the European Commission which pointed out the importance to speed up the ERB rate, communicate more on the benefits of ERB, explore further synergies and focus on the current policies.

Regions and other territorial stakeholders are invited to join the "ERB JAP Supporters network" and thus engage to share the MED ERB JAP objectives/strategy, opportunities and cooperate / capitalise on SHERPA's results by signing the “declaration of support and engagement”.

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Final event of the Efficient Buildings Community 

On 10th October 2019 in Brussels, the Efficient Buildings Community organised the MED - Mediterranean Energy Debate, a public event to present the solutions developed by the Community to the wide audience of European Week of Regions and Cities.

CPMR General Assembly - Palermo, 16-18 October 2019

European cooperation projects took pride of place during the 47th CPMR General Assembly, which took place in Palermo, Sicily, on 17-18 October 2019, where a big stand dedicated to cooperation projects involving the CPMR and its members, including SHERPA. The stand was the occasion to promote the project. CPMR members had the opportunity to learn more about its main activities and results.

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Made for YOU - Athens, 24-25 October 2019

Some partners of SHERPA were represented during the capitalisation event of the Interreg MED Programme, Made for YOU, which took place in Athens on 24-25 October 2019. It was the occasion for the Programme to present the main outcomes of the 8 thematic communities and reflect on the future of European Territorial Cooperation. 

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If you want to be informed about the last developments concerning SHERPA and related projects and initiatives, you can become an observer of the project by filling in the following form
If you are a Coordinator or Supporter of the Initiative “Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy”, a Public Authority, e.g. a Region or Municipality, or a Network/association of Municipalities or other eligible body

You can become SHERPA implementer and take advantage of its tools, methodologies and network, simply by signing a Letter of Intent then send the scanned copy to the email address


Your authority/entity should send a letter of adhesion to the Generalitat of Catalunya ( or to the CRES ( as authorities entrusted with the MED ERB JAP coordination by SHERPA consortium, manifesting your interest and willingness to adhere to the initiative and be an active supporter.

Following the answer to the letter, this manifestation of interest will be formalized through the signature of the “Declaration of support and engagement of the ERB JAP”. This letter would aim at engaging the entity with the capitalisation of SHERPA results, supporting the main objectives and strategy of the ERB JAP network by stating the will to cooperate in this framework but not mean any precise financial commitment.

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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