STEPPING project: Exchanges on energy performance contracts for the renovation of public buildings in France and in Italy

In the frame of STEPPING project, local authorities and energy efficiency companies involved in energy performance contracts (EPCs) in France and Italy shared their respective experiences on Thursday 13 June at the DREAL Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in Lyon.

The conference was divided into two parts: case studies were presented by the contracting authorities from Italian and French local authorities; then, companies providing EPC services discussed the setting up of their offers as well as their management of the performance guarantee.

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Live from the EUSEW in Brussels (June 20, 2019)

EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the largest event dedicated to renewable and efficient energy use in Europe, is taking place in Brussels from June 18 to 20, 2019. Part of AURA-EE’s team is attending it, among whom Patrick Biard, Director Europe and International affairs (photo : Round-table C-TRACK 50 "Local authorities as drivers to address climate change")

>     Why is AURA-EE participating in the EUSEW ?

AURA-EE has a long standing experience in EU cooperation projects and is an active member of FEDARENE. The Agency supports the Covenant of Mayors initiative and values the opportunity given during EUSEW to promote the projects' results and share its experience with other European organizations in the fields of sustainable energy and climate protection.

>     What is at stake with the EUSEW ?

Accelerating the energy transition by involving key regional and local stakeholders is at stake. EUSEW's events and info days are taking place all over Europe and thus will help mobilize and engage local stakeholders including civil society.

>     What will be AURA-EE priorities for the next few years in terms of European affairs ?

AURA-EE will continue its cooperation efforts at EU level in order to scale up the energy transition in the territories. The Agency will carry on designing and implementing innovative sustainable development projects and will further participate in European experience sharing programmes.

>> Watch the video AURA-EE, a European scale regional Agency


Serge Nocodie elected Vice-President Climate Action of the FEDARENE

During the 2019 General Assembly which took place on May 23 in Växjö, Sweden, the FEDARENE Board of Directors was renewed. It is now composed of 16 members from across Europe : Julije Domac (Croatia), Florin Andronescu (Romania), Gerhard Dell and Christiane Egger (Austria), Didier Dousset (France), Maria Fabianelli (Italy), Ricardo Gonzalez (Spain), Thekla Heinel (Germany), Kostas Komninos (Greece), Vlasta Krmelj (Slovenia), Christel Liljegren (Sweden), Simone Lowthe-Thomas (UK), Serge Nocodie (France), Rolf Nyholm (Finland), and Jean Van Pamel (Belgium).

Serge Nocodie, President of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energie Environnement (AURA-EE) was elected Vice-President for Climate Action. AURA-EE is amongst the co-founders of the FEDARENE, which was created almost 30 years ago, in June 1990, by 6 regional authorities : Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Wallonie, País Vasco, Aquitaine and Nord-Pas-de-Calais.

“As a team, we all work together for guaranteeing the progress of our institutions,” says the President Julije Domac.  

>> Get to know about them here


EU Sustainable Energy Week June 17-20, 2019 - Brussels

EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), taking place in Brussels, is the largest event dedicated to renewable and efficient energy use in Europe. It is made up of a 3-day policy conference (from 18 to 20 June 2019) offering various networking opportunities, an EU Sustainable Energy Awards competition with a public vote for the citizens' award and local events, Energy Days, held across Europe throughout the months of May and June.

AURA-EE is involved the EU Sustainable Energy Week throughout several events dedicated to the following projects:

  • Round-table on lessons learned by recent INTERREG MED renewable energy projects about how to support the energy transitions of islands and rural areas, June 18, from 5 pm to 6 pm, at the Climate Alliance
  • STORES stand, June 19, from 9 am to 1 pm, at the Networking Village
  • Round-table C-TRACK 50: Local authorities as drivers to address climate change, June 19, from 11 am to 12:30 pm, with the participation of Patrick Biard, director European and International Affairs, AURA-EE >> Read more
  • IMEAS and C-TRACK 50 Joint event: How to reinforce multi-level cooperation for a greenier future, June19, from 2 :30 pm to 5 pm >> Read more
  • CESBA MED stand, June 19, from 2 pm to 6 pm, at the Networking Village
  • Round-table STEPPING: EPCs, delivering real energy savings from EU to local level, June 20, from 11 am to 12:30 pm >> Read more
  • ManagEnergy Networking Event: Ensuring a sustainable future for your agency, June 20, from 9 am to 2:30 pm >> Read more

EU Sustainable Energy Week website


FEDARENE Manifesto

Ahead of the European Elections which will renew the European Parliament as well as the European Commissioners, FEDARENE launches its MANIFESTO stating who we are, our vision, our guiding values and our European commitments.

More info on FEDARENE website


Vice President of Auvergne–Rhône-Alpes emphasises the importance of the CaSCo project during the EUREXPO conference in Lyon

AURA-EE presented the CaSCo project at the inauguration of the Triplewood exhibit at the Be Positive trade show, on 13 February in Lyon, France.

From left to right : Roger Villien, President Union régionale des associations de communes forestières; Philippe Meunier, Vice-president Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes; Representative Commissaire Massif des Alpes; Patrick Biard, Head European and International affairs AURA-EE

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Launch of, a reference web-tool for territories in transition

The energy and environmental transition is an opportunity for territories to regain a new perspective towards development. This reference web-tool developed by the Regional Energy and Environment Agency (AURA-EE) aims to enable such transition. The official launch of TerriSTORY® will be held at the Region’s stand of the BePositive Exhibition on Thursday 14 February.


greencycle: an individual initiative towards a more circular economy

A start-up from Lyon offers to private clients building materials unused by the professionals, thus avoiding waste generation and fuelling the circular economy loop.Meeting with Celia Auzou, its founder


the4bees: behavioural changes and digital tools

Discover our project sheet:

THE4BEES  is a project based on the observation that energy consumption is strongly influenced by the behaviour of the building occupants, regardless of the building structure and type. Therefore, in order to achieve energy savings in public buildings, it is essential to make the users aware of their usages and energy consumption and to support them to reduce it.

  • To discover the project cheet, click here


Biogas Action : acting for biogas / biomethane sector

For 2 years, partners from the biogas action project shared experiences with the aim of developing the biogas and biomethane sector. In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region aims to facilitate the development of argicultural and territorial biogas actions and projects.

To discover the latest guide click here

Stepping project : Energy Performance Contract for rural municipalities in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

A shared Energy Performance Contract (EPC) model adapted to rural municipalities is currently being tested in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, in the territory of the Urban area of Porte de l'Isère (CAPI).

The EPC allows energy renovation works, whose impact in terms of energy saving is guaranteed contractually. Developed as part of the European project STEPPING, the model tested focuses on five schools, emblematic buildings of local authorities, whose renovation allows to enhance the public heritage while creating local activity.

Within the STEPPING project, the CAPI is testing a “grouped EPC " for schools, in five municipalities on its territory, bringing its technical, legal and financial expertise. Until the end of 2018, municipalities have to choose works to be carried out on their schools. The EPC should be deployed in 2019, for works on  buildings or on the systems (ventilation, heating…). The planned investments range from € 760 k€ (work on the systems) to € 1,9 M€ (works integrating systems and buildings), for energy savings ranging from 25% to 77%.

More info are available here


cesba alps: Discover the project in pictures, with testimonies from the two pilot territories



The casco low carbon timber toolkit

This guide, intended for elected representatives and technicians of communities, gives practical advice to include low carbon timber, with a low footprint, in public procurement, respecting the rules of the green public procurement described in Directive 2014/24/UE.

Check out the latest guide





Nothing is lost, everything is transformed: COOPENERGY is back online

COOPENERGY (Cooperating in sustainable energy) project had been launched in July, 2012 and which the goal was to foster the development of collaboration models in sustainable energy planning between the regional and local public authorities to lead the transition towards low carbon communities and regions.

Today, coopenergy is back ! With the project C-Track 50 which aims at achieving climate resilience and carbon neutrality by 2050, the project partners will build on the Coopenergy experience and deliverables.

You may find all the documents that will help for the C-Track 50 project here



• IMEAS and C-TRACK 50 Joint Event at the EUSEW

June 19th - Brussels, BELGIUM: How does the EU commissioners know what the mayors need? How does a minister inform the regional development agency about national plans? How does a Local Energy Community get in contact with a state level agency? In the different EU countries different governance levels have dissimilar backgrounds, conflicting mechanisms, incentives and reporting tools. The IMEAS and C-Track 50 projects study the framework conditions for integrated energy transition. They provide tools and guidance for all governance levels.

  • Attend the IMEAS and C-Track 50 joint event organised on June 19, from 2:30 pm to 5 pm, during the EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels
  • Register here and follow @IMEAS, @C-TRACK50 and @FEDARENE

• Final conference of STEPPING project: comparison of two Energy performance contract models in Italy and France

June 13th - Lyon, FRANCE: This conference aims to compare different Energy performance contracts (EPC) models and to share experiences through the presentation of reference examples in Italy and in France and exchanges with business actors from both countries.

The event is organized in the frame of STEPPING project. STEPPING project aims to increase the adoption of EPC investment schemes in the elaboration of energy efficiency  plans  for  public buildings,  in  the  MED  area,  raising  the  knowledge  of  MED  institutions  in designing, implementing and managing energy efficiency plans for public buildings.

• Final conference of STORES project

May 28th - Cagliari, ITALY: The final conference event of STORES project, which aims at developing storage systems together with photovoltaic residential plants, will take place on May 28th in Cagliari (IT). This conference will present the main results of STORES and enable discussion about the complementarities with other MES projects.

It will be followed by SYNERGY MED, the first international conference on energy transition in the Mediterranean area. SYNERGY MED is organized by the University of Cagliari and the partenrs of STORES project. It will significantly benefit engineers and technicians through state-of-the-art presentations by major equipment suppliers, researchers, utility specialists, invited speakers and discussions by international participants.

• SAVE THE DATE: 2nd EUSALP Annual Forum 2018 "shaping.future.together. with the next generation"

November, 20th to 21st - Innsbruck, AUSTRIA: The event, jointly organised by the Tyrolean EUSALP Presidency and the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, will address the motto "shaping.future.together. with the next generation".
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• POLLUTEC 2018: The 28th international trade show for environmental equipment

November, 27th to 30 rd - Lyon, FRANCE: Auvegrne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Envrionment will participate in this fair by presenting some of our europeans projects, such as Condereff, Stores, Pegasus ... Come chek this out during the faire
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• WEBINAR: BiogasAction - Covenant of Mayors Webinar

December, 12th (from 11 am to 12:30 pm) - Webinar: This webinar will present EU’s policy & support framework for biogas, providing insight into the BiogasAction approach and achievements. This webinar is organised in the framework of the european project BiogasAction.



January 2019 - Dunkirk, FRANCE: 3 days of workshops, debates; the "citizen" meeting; discover the future of our territory.
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• SAVE THE DATE : World Sustainable Energy Days

February, 27th to March, 1st 2019 - Wels, AUSTRIA: Energy efficiency and renewable energy are at the core of Europe’s commitment to a clean energy transition that serves the needs of citizens, economic development and the environment. The annual conference features policies, technologies, innovation and market  development through a unique combination of conferences and interactive events
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