Regio1st / Partners

Implementing the Energy Efficiency First Principle in Regional Planning


The project is implemented by 10 partners: 6 regional energy, climate, and development agencies and 4 research centers and regional associations.

Research centers and international associations

The Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) is a not-for-profit, independent research foundation working, since 2015, on science-based climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, with an international interdisciplinary team of experts generating and disseminating scientific knowledge.

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Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI) in Karlsruhe is part of the Fraunhofer Society. It complements the scientific and technological spectrum of Fraunhofer through interdisciplinary research bridging technology, economy and society. To support relevant decision-making
processes, the Institute applies both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to analyze emerging technologies, industrial and service innovations, energy systems and policies etc.

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The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems is a non-profit, private legal entity which is the research host of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens. The research themes mainly
include: Digital Communications Technologies; Control and Automation Technologies; Energy and Power Production
Technologies; Biomedical and Biomechanics Technologies; Information Systems and Management Decision Technologies; Photonic Technologies for Communications.

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The European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment is the premier European network of regional and local organisations which implement, co-ordinate and facilitate energy and environment policies. Regional and local agencies, regional governments and departments working in these fields, are represented in FEDARENE.

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Regional partners

The Liguria Regional Energy Agency is a joint-stock public agency established by Liguria Region to deal with infrastructure development, building and urban renovation and the implementation of energy policies at regional level. Its tasks are feasibility studies, tendering procedures, public works management, design of new infrastructures, energy and climate planning support to public entities (region and municipalities), development of urban regeneration projects, social housing retrofitting, support to regional policy making and in the management of ERDF related calls, EU funds research.

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The Asturian Energy Foundation is a non-profit entity whose general aim is to promote and develop activities related to research, technical development and training with interest for the energetic industry of Asturias, extending those acts to electricity, gas, renewable energies, oil and other energy sectors, energetic and financial markets, and also with other connected sectors, as deliverers and/or consumers.

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The South East Energy Agency (formerly Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency/3cea) was established by Carlow and Kilkenny Local Authorities in partnership with the Leader Development Companies in Carlow and Kilkenny to provide sustainable energy information and services to the people of Carlow and Kilkenny, to local businesses and community groups, and to the Local Authorities. Since being founded in 2002, the Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency has expanded to include Wexford and recently Waterford, now representing the entire Southeast region as South East Energy Agency.

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The Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje is enhancing the sustainable energy development of the Spodnje Podravje region with the developing projects, studies, documents. LEA Spodnje Podravje assist municipalities to find the financial sources for projects and investments in energy sector, to control implementation (technical supervision) and to transfer sustainable energy technologies from universities, institutes, companies, especially from EU countries in order to find appropriate, sustainable and economically feasible measures to decrease energy consumption, to increase energy efficiency and to implement renewable energy sources.

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Medjimurje Energy Agency ltd. aims to provide high quality support for activities regarding Rational Use of Energy (RUE) and Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in Medjimurje county and beyond. With regards to RUE, MENEA is promoting importance of energy efficiency in individual houses, industries and SME’s, public buildings, etc. and assisting interested parties from industry, SME’s, private and public sector.With regards to RES, MENEA is promoting the use of renewables (especially biomass, solar and geothermal energy) in all above mentioned sectors. Target groups of MENEA’s services and activities are public institutions, SME’s and private households.

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The Cluster of Bioeconomy and Environment of Western Macedonia (CLuBE)  is a non-profit legal entity established among local actors and stakeholders of the Region of Western Macedonia, Greece. CluBE emerged since early 2000s from the continuous collaboration of regional players during previous projects. It is a platform for cooperation of the three pillars of the regional economy: the public sector, research and entrepreneurship. The Cluster seeks to develop synergies between local and regional players and businesses in bioenergy and the environment, aiming at introducing and developing innovation in the sector and increasing its added value.

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