ECLAIRA: the circular economy network in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

In Auvergne-Rhône Alpes, the economic and energy transition of companies and regions is both a necessity and a real opportunity in terms of employment and resources, economic development, regional planning and sustainable development.

In this context, the circular economy opens the way to a more respectful model of people and resources. It invites us to build sustainable, local cooperation between all people working in the area. The many initiatives already begun at regional level by companies, local authorities and associations bear witness to this.

ECLAIRA, the circular economy network in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes was created as a networking tool to share existing initiatives, mobilize a wide range of stakeholders and support new regional and local initiatives.

You can access the website (available in FR and EN) at:,en.html

AURA-EE, the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment Agency is a member of the ECLAIRA network.

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EWRC 2017: Interreg Talks. How projects can impact on the EU Climate Change Policy?

AURA-EE feedback, Etienne Viénot comments

The Enerbuild project produced an assessment tool to assess the sustainability of buildings. The main conclusion of this exercise is twolfold: a single European reference framework is unreal, since each assessment tool must integrate regional characteristics (= one does not build the same in the Northern Alps as in the South, and responses to environmental challenges in the buildings are not the same, hence a need for regional / local contextualization) but it is also important to have common criteria, which allow to compare themselves, to exchange and to bring together regional public policies. Together with the partners who shared this vision, other projects were developed in various Interreg programs (Central Europe program, Med programme). It allowed the partners to go further and to give it a political dimension in a "Policy paper" and establish the European association CESBA network. At the same time, DG Environment was contacted by CESBA for few conferences, in regions and in Brussels, in that time it issued its Communication COM (2014) 445 on the efficient use of resources in the construction sector in July 2014, which resulted in the LEVEL (S) initiative, considering CESBA’s vision, among others. Further, CESBA was invited to the working group launched by European Commission for the preliminary studies as one of the two European networks organized to promote the environmental assessment of the building. In the CESBA Med project, the Level(s) indicators will be tested. The approach taken at building level is now taken at district scale (CESBA Med project)and territorial sacle (CESBA Alps).

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Innovative ICT applications and low carbon behavior

Energy is consumed by people rather than by buildings. With THE4BEES European project, public building users are involved and encouraged to reduce energy consumption using digital tools developed in partnership. In the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, AURA-EE and Hespul, in collaboration with the pilot sites (Picasso-Aragon Givors High School, Condorcet Saint-Priest High School and the family and rural home of Val de Coise) and other stakeholders have contributed to the co-creation of a digital application allowing the monitoring of energy consumption. About 600 students have been involved so far, especially through living labs. Thanks to their collaboration with students of the Master program in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Lyon, some of them have been trained to use different tools of social psychology. It helped them to prepare a communication campaign aimed at promoting the application and behavior changes.

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Three pilot case studies in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region

The solar thermal industry needs a second wind in France. This is the challenge of the European project SDHp2m, of which the Regional council of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, RAEE (regional energy and environment agency in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) and CEA INES (research institute, department of the French national institute for solar energy) are partners. The aim of the project is to develop the integration of solar thermal energy in district heating systems. In the region, the potential is very significant: indeed, from 400 000 m² to 1 600 000 m² of solar thermal collectors could be integrated into district heating systems.

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Low Carbon Timber Policies in Europe

This report, written in the framework of the European project CASCO, aims to make a link between low carbon policies and wood policies at European, national and regional level. The European Union developed the concept of Green Public Procurement (GPP) to support the use of environmental products and services in public procurement. How do public authorities use GPP? Which are the possibilities to improve GPP at municipal level? How can public authorities use GPP criteria to get low timber products? This document will try to answer these questions.

Download : casco_low-carbon-timber-policies-in-europe.pdf


EU-Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP)

  • EU-Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP), Action Group Forum 14-16 February 2017, Garmish Partenkirshen, Bavaria

RAEE attended the EUSALP action group forum and presented DATA4ACTION insights about energy data sharing to help develop macro-regional energy data and indicators of the EUSALP Alpine Region.

  • The EC publishes the Action plan concerning the European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region.


DATA4ACTION in brief

  • Improving public authorities access to local energy data for Sustainable Energy Planning

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  • Policy recommendations: Improving energy data sharing for Effective sustainable energy planning at sub-national level

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  • Data Access Guidebook for Sustainable Energy Action Plans

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40 years of service and support to territories in transition

40 years of service and support to territories in transition

Regional meeting focused on energy management and EPC for small municipalities

A regional steering committee was organized by AURA-EE for the STEPPING project in Lyon (France). The focus was on Energy management and EPC for small municipalities, with the objective to present the implementation handbook that was produced by the project and provide a status of the pilot project in Nord-Isère-Durable municipality.

Thanks to this event, different types of organizations (institutions, municipalities, financial investors / banks, ESCOs, local public company, …) had the opportunity to exchange on the methodology to implement shared EPCs.




5th International Solar District Heating Conference

11-12 April 2018 - Graz, Austria

Call for abstracts extended to the 25th of October 2017! Don’t hesitate to seize this opportunity to share your projects, realizations or experience at the conference and discuss them with international experts and market actors.

How does it work?

You can find the key topics of the conference as well as more information on the event here.

Please send your 2 page abstract before 25 October 2017 to SDHConference(at) Your abstract will be evaluated by our program committee and you will be notified until 6 December 2017.

SDH Conference organizing team


RAEE at the Interreg MED community building event in Alicante, 17 May 2017.

The aim of this event was to make the 8 Interreg MED thematic communities to work together on a common work methodology, sharing ideas, solutions and good practices and finding a common work methodology for the communities. At the same time, this event contributed to foster the team spirit and to strengthen the community at large. The event was also the occasion for preparing the capitalisation process of the mid-term transnational event in April 2018.