Collaborative Policy Making is the Key

by Sebastiano Cristoforetti

During the last months, EU countries have been finalizing the update of their Renovation Strategies, which will be delivered to the European Commission by April 2017. Today, the energy renovation rates of buildings, in particular deep renovation, are generally very modest and far from the levels that will enable the achievement of the long-term objectives referred to by Directive 2012/27/EU. The policies and measures adopted in almost all Member States so far are deemed ineffective to foster energy efficiency improvement of the building stock on a large scale.
With the 2017 updates of national strategies, a qualitative leap is expected in terms of ambition and actual impact.
Build Upon, a two-year project funded in the frame of Horizon 2020, has supported Policy Makers in 13 countries with the purpose of encouraging, in fact, the significant increase in the impact of their strategies. Along with the European Network of the World Green Building Council, 13 national Green Building Councils, led by GBC España, joined efforts and developed coordinated paths of multi-sectoral dialogue, according to the many dimensions of the Union’s diversity.
GBC Italy has led the partners in the key design phase of national dialogue strategies, elaborating methodologies, tools, criteria.
Build Upon is currently the largest collaborative project in the world focused on building renovation. The introduction of collaborative policy making in the construction industry on such a broad scale is an innovative element with respect to the national and european systems of the renovation stakeholders that could be considered radical. The numbers state that the initial expectations corresponding to the project objectives have been collectively exceeded: supported by 250 active members of national work groups, nearly 2,000 key stakeholders (the target was 1,000) in nearly 100 events (80 was the target) have collaborated on targeted paths, shared barriers and best practices, in order to identify priority actions to be taken into consideration for the update of national strategies, forwarded then to competent Policy Makers.
Together with the involved stakeholders, the mappings of key stakeholders, of barriers to the diffusion of energy improvement and of successful practices have been codified and developed in coordinated terms for all the Countries participating in the project and others. On the open portal RenoWiki, hosted on the Build Upon website, it is possible to find about 750 European initiatives that represent the current reference for overcoming the barriers to the development of energy renovation. Presenting the measure of the impact of initiatives, where available, RenoWiki is a tool that aims to support the comparison of solutions, analysis of replicability and dialogue among experts.
The reports of the 8 Italian dialogue events are available on the project website, with extended versions in Italian and the executive summaries in English. The route developed has been shared with 18 change leaders of the national work group representing ENEA and GBC Italia members. During the Italian workshops, 83 key stakeholders have identified 54 priorities for action, organized by category of barriers to the scaling up of building renovation and summarized in 10 priority action lines. Many more information are provided, starting with a summary of the discussion of the experts involved, to transparency in the release of degrees of consensus and support of stakeholder categories for priority actions. Numerous therefore the starting points available for in-depth analysis, but perhaps most of all it is worth highlighting the growth of a network of organizations and people that have been able to lavish contributions of extraordinary quality and quantity. To all we express our heartfelt thanks! Interested parties can contact GBC Italy at Enjoy the follow-up!

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