PUBLENEF aims to assist European Union Member States in implementing effective and efficient sustainable energy policies (with the focus on energy efficiency) and empower them to make use of the best practices and policy processes implemented in other Member States at the national, regional and/or local level.


The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • Assess and learn from existing Energy Efficiency policy implementation practices in EU member states, regions and cities.
  • Strengthen networking opportunities for public agencies on the national, regional and local level.
  • Develop and adjust tools for public agencies to help them implement Energy Efficiency policies.

The target audience of PUBLENEF consists of the following groups: National, regional and local authorities, Policy implementation bodies, networks of local and regional authorities, and Market actors and bodies participating in EE policies. The overall approach of the project in order to fulfill these objectives is to:

  • Identify the needs from national, regional and local authorities for the implementation of EE policies.
  • Collect the best practices and tools for overcoming these needs and replicate them to various MS, regions and municipal authorities.
  • Develop roadmaps and enhance the process of successful implementation of policies.
  • Build and strengthen existing networks of policy makers enabling the knowledge exchange from national to regional to local level in EE policy.

As PUBLENEF is a highly policy participatory project, it has ensured the involvement of key players in all energy efficiency policy making field throughout the EU. PUBLENEF has ensured a fine mix of energy agencies (and associations of cities and regions) involved in the formulation of energy efficiency policies on the national, regional and local level and building capacity.

PUBLENEF interacts with several other EU funded projects focusing as well on energy efficiency.

In the news

Public Authorities Implementing Energy Efficiency Policies – PUBLENEF Conference

PUBLENEF’s final conference was the ideal frame to take stock of the current energy efficiency policies and discuss the upcoming changes and potential enhancements. The PUBLENEF Horizon 2020 project since February 2016 has been focusing on mobilising public authorities at local, regional and national level and connecting them.

PUBLENEF Workshop at Les Assises Européennes de la Transition Energétique-2018

Mieux accompagner les collectivités dans la mise en œuvre de leur stratégie d'efficacité énergétique !

FEDARENE Networking Event for Energy Agencies – 2017

FEDARENE hosted the 2017 edition of its annual networking event for energy agencies on the 6th December. Around 30 members of agencies from across Europe gathered in Brussels to discuss common issues and projects.

Follow-up on the Covenant of Mayors workshop in Bucharest – 7 November 2017

More than 70 participants joined the ´Energy Transition and Climate Mitigation : Local strategies and Support Policies´ workshop. Watch the videos and download the presentations.

Supporting energy efficient policies of multi-level governance, 14-03-2017

The event was co-organised in the framework of two HORIZON 2020 projects in which CRES participates as partner, Publenef and MultEE.

Implementing efficient energy policies. An analysis of needs and success stories

In the event several energy efficiency policy best practices in Spain were presented. The main factors that determined their success were presented and discussed.