On 6 and 7 June 2019, the Midterm Conference of ALLIES (Activation and Learning from Local Investments in Energy Saving) was held in Prague. It was attended by the project partners, members of the national advisory and expert councils, as well as the members of the Consultative Council of the whole project.
ALLIES (Activation and Learning from Local Investments in Energy Savings) is an international project funded by the European Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Germany – EUKI (www.euki.de ) with partners in Hungary, Poland and Germany. The idea of the project is to create cooperatives from investors in cost-effective energy efficiency projects. The key approach is to involve citizens and local businesses as investors and facilitators of energy efficiency projects in businesses and municipal buildings.
The participants discussed the legal and political framework for the so-called LFEEE (locally financing entity for energy efficiency) in their countries, models for financing energy efficiency projects, and arguments and initiatives to motivate small and medium-sized enterprises, municipalities and citizens to promote and invest in energy efficiency.
From NTEF, Kamelia Georgieva, a member of the project Advisory Board, shared the experience in seeking innovative approaches to attracting stakeholder participation on the basis of verifying energy savings after investment measures have been applied and work towards changing the behavior of users has been conducted.