SHERPA project partners met in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 18 June 2019 for its 7th Steering Committee with the key aim of discussing the deliverable “Joint Action Plan” (JAP) that the CPMR’s Intermediterrannean Commission (CPMR-IMC) is coordinating. This meeting was organised in parallel to the Croatian National seminar focused on the Transfer activity.

The working day was devoted to taking stock of the progress made so far in all the work packages composing the project (Management, Capitalisation, Testing, Communication and Transferring) with a special focus on consolidating the Capitalisation phase, preparing the project’s close and reviewing the last activities of the testing and transferring module.

Eleni Chatzigeorgiou, from the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), gave an update on the progress and planned activities under the Capitalisation work package (WP5). In particular, 9 Capitalisation Regional Workshops are foreseen during the project (one per partner Region). These have already been held in Crete (5 April), Alicante (9 April), Valencia (16 April) and Catalonia (29 May with a second one taking place on 27 June). AMORCE is organising one in Paris in July. Croatia, RER, Lazio, Abruzzo and Gozo are planning to hold their workshops in September or October this year.

A key aim of these events is to present the tools developed under the SHERPA project, to present the aims of WP5, to engage “observers” in becoming “implementers” and to sign policy agreements (target: 50 agreements for the whole project) to develop energy efficiency plans and strategies in their territories (e.g. SEAPs, other MoUs, letters of intent etc.).

Flora Leroy, CPMR-IMC and Xavier Arola, hired expert for JAP development, presented an outline of the Joint Action Plan (JAP) which will be the main capitalising tool for the perspectives of the Energy Renovation in Buildings (ERB). It will draw on the results of the SHERPA project together with other EU, national, regional & local programmes and initiatives on ERB in public and private buildings throughout the Mediterranean area. It aims also to establish a common framework to streamline EU, national and regional policies in the field of Energy Renovation.

The JAP has a two-pronged approach. Firstly, it presents a strategic axis with several identified themes: governance as a cross-cutting topic; training and knowledge; technical assistance information systems; networking; and funding. The second part then examines how these strategic elements can be developed into operative actions.

The JAP will address governance by developing multilevel governance actions based on the current level of coordination of regional and municipal ERB strategies and improvements needed to implement national strategies on ERB within the framework of EU directives. The other strategic topics will be developed into operative actions through the SHERPA “Market Place” and new projects.

The Market Place is an online platform to be designed to share knowledge and experiences about ERB projects in public facilities, identify funding opportunities to match needs, provide training tools and help users find experts and partner contacts. The project database will contain the 100 SHERPA building projects and will be completed with other relevant Mediterranean projects (E.g. MEDNICE). It will also promote knowledge transfer through a public policies database.

An investment plan, as an added value of the JAP, will be drafted together with the identification of financing sources for implementing both the Joint Action Plan and its specific operative actions. It will be developed in 3 phases, firstly through ERB on public facilities in EU and pre-accession countries, secondly on public facilities in Mediterranean partner countries, and thirdly on public and private in facilities in all Mediterranean countries.

The JAP is set to be approved in a Final Agreement with the endorsement of the CPMR-IMC General Assembly at the end of the project together with SHERPA’s Declaration of Commitment to involve other Mediterranean regions.

Under WP3 “Testing Regional Buildings” the roadmap foresees the implementation of the optimal Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) considering building typologies and the prioritisation of private over public funding. The results/impacts from ERB projects will need to feed back into the IT systems which should be kept up to date. The Scientific Advisory Panel is designing a SHERPA Building Card template, which will be presented at the SHERPA final event. This certificate will be awarded to buildings that have followed the SHERPA methodology.

Regarding WP2 “Communication”, scientific papers are in production and will hopefully be ready for October 2019. Tested ERB projects will be advertised through videos, social networks and the newsletter. The CPMR-IMC presented their ongoing work on the observer’s pack web page designed to highlight benefits for municipalities to become SHERPA observers and access the tools developed under the project. This page should be available in July hopefully. In the meantime, observers are individually receiving credentials for the use/ an overview of the different tools used during the testing phase.

Regarding the SHERPA final event, Xavier Martí, Government of Catalonia, Lead Partner of the project, indicated that this will be planned as a side event of the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona on the morning of 21 November (11.h30 to 14h00). The SHERPA Steering Committee will meet the day before. CPMR Intermediterrannean Commission Energy Renovation in Mediterannean Buildings Task Force Members will take the opportunity to come together in the afternoon to discuss multilevel governance and the Joint Action Plan. Sardinia, Calabria, Andalusia and Lazio among others have already expressed their interest and support for the JAP activities during the last TF held in Barcelona on May 29thback to back with the 1st Regional Capitalisation Workshop de Catalonia.

Catalonia is now working on a new proposal (ENI CBC MED) for the replication of SHERPA activities and implementation of the JAP.

For more information, please contact Flora Leroy (, Emmanuel Maniscalco (, Claudia Guzzon (