SHERPA partners – including the CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) – met in Rome, Italy, on 14-15 to discuss the project’s progress and future steps, and to officially launch SHERPA’s Associated Partners Forum (APF).

The meeting of the project, which aims to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings in regions across the Mediterranean, was organised at the invitation of the Lazio Region.

Held during the project’s second Steering Committee, the meeting gave partners the opportunity to discuss the activities that have been carried out since the launch of the project, discuss internal issues, agree on the next steps, and officially start the activities of SHERPA’s Associated Partners Forum (APF), gathering Mediterranean Regions and municipalities.

During the first day, partners took part in a Coordination Meeting. Work Packages leaders (Generalitat de Catalunya for WP1 Management and WP3 Testing; IMC for WP2 Communication; Regione Lazio for WP4 Transferring and Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving -CRES- for WP5 Capitalising) presented the first outcomes and deliverables of each package and outlined the upcoming initiatives.

SHERPA’s lead partner (Generalitat de Catalunya) – represented by Xavier Martí I Ragué and Juan Antonio Bas Villalobos – congratulated all partners on reaching the objective of identifying 100 renovation projects in buildings coming from participating regions. In total, 107 Regional Publics Building have been identified by the Partners involved.

As leader of the communication activities (WP2), the CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission (IMC), represented by Davide Strangis, Emmanuel Maniscalco and Flora Leroy, presented the main communication tools and deliverables produced since the launch of the project, and underling the external relation development. They also showcased some of the MED Programme’s visual image and communication rules, aimed at reinforcing the project’s visibility and achievement.

Davide Strangis also highlighted the need for continued collaboration with the MED Horizontal Project on Energy Efficiency (MEDNICE) and the Energy Efficiency MED Community. He provided the partners with some feedback regarding the ‘We are MED’ event that took place in Alicante on 16 May and underlined the important role of the Interreg MED Axis 4 platform project, focusing on governance and possible synergies with it.

The SHERPA Working Groups (i.e. governance; information system; training; financing) also used the first day to organise their monthly meeting. This involved clarifying some aspects of their cooperation and improve the global collaboration, as interconnection between all working groups very important for the achievement of the project’s overall objectives.

To improve the project’s transferring and capitalisation phase, and start working with other Mediterranean Regions and municipalities, the second day was dedicated to the official launch of SHERPA’s Associated Partners Forum (APF).

The APF aims to create a network of public administrations working on the improvement of Energy Efficiency in buildings and acting as a multiplier to increase the impact and reach of the project’s activities and outcomes. It is coordinated by SHERPA’s lead partner and work packages leaders.

Members of the APF are SHERPA’s associated partners, as set out in the project’s guidelines. Any Mediterranean region, municipality, university and research centre interested in benefiting from and contributing to the results and outputs of SHERPA can become an observer of the APF.

On this occasion, APF members and observers present, i.e. SHERPA’s lead partner and work packages leaders, the diputació de Barcelona, the Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona, the Calabria Region, the municipality of Heraklion, Western Greece, signed SHERPA’s APF Constitutive Act, which states the functions, role and working procedures of the APF.

Among others, the Regions of Western Greece, Valencia and Calabria attended the meeting to express their will to be part of the APF. Some examples of good practices of buildings from their Region or municipalities were presented during the session, including buildings from Regione Lazio, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Regione Emilia Romagna, Generalitat Valenciana and the Municipality of Heraklion.

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