Striving towards energy and resource efficiency

REC experts speak at Interreg Policy Learning Platform event in Seville

October 31, 2017

The Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform organised a two-day policy learning and networking event focused on energy and resource efficiency. The aim of the event, which took place on October 17-18, 2017, in Seville, Spain, was to enable public authorities (managing authorities among them) and other stakeholders to become acquainted and engaged with Policy Learning Platform services and to learn from each other’s energy efficiency and resource efficiency policies and practices.  The threefold aim of the Policy Learning Platform is to: spread good practices, boost Interreg Europe programme results, and increase the impact of policy learning.

The event’s opening plenary session introduced the Interreg Policy Learning Platform and provided an overview of Interreg Europe projects on energy efficiency. The day continued with four parallel sessions on energy efficiency, focusing on the following topics: rehabilitating buildings; consumer behaviour; financial instruments for renovation and energy efficiency; and energy efficiency in housing. The participants also had the opportunity to test some of the services of the Policy Learning Platform, such as peer review, benchmarking, a ‘bottom-up’ workshop and an expert helpdesk.

The REC played an important role during day two of the event, which was focused on resource efficiency and featured presentations from three REC experts engaged in the platform’s Environment and Resource Efficiency team: PLP thematic manager Venelina Varbova, and PLP thematic experts Tamas Kallay and Peter Szuppinger.

The plenary session on day two, opened by the Interreg Europe Joint Secretariat, addressed several themes, including: resource efficiency policies across Europe; resource efficiency in the context of the Smart Specialisation Platform; and the Interreg ‘knowledge hub’ related to European projects on resource efficiency.

After the plenary session, the participants were free to attend any of three simultaneously held workshops on good practices related to resource efficiency (i.e. “Eco-innovation and waste”; “Smart governance and resource efficiency”; and “Sustainable industrial networks and the role of businesses”), as well as to attend parallel sessions on peer review and benchmarking. The two-day event concluded with a panel discussion in which several experts reflected on the key themes discussed during the day and on regional efforts focused on resource efficiency.  

The event presentations and conclusions are available here.

TAGS: Environmental policy | Energy efficiency | Natural resources