In order to implement the European Union climate plan’s objectives within its territory Ireland wished to set up a program to reduce the energy consumption in the public sector through measures supporting a responsible energy use. The aim is to provide innovative solutions for the implementation of projects that meet European objectives.
Municipalities have to lead by example when it comes to energy efficient behaviour, in order to motivate all stakeholders and citizens on its territory to follow suit.
The Sustainco project aims to increase the visibility and understanding of the Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) philosophy, with special emphasis on rural areas. This will be done by providing easy access to practical information on how to build or retrofit buildings to reach NZEB standards. SustainCo also aims to increase the visibility of front-runners, for both new-build and retrofits, with the aim of capacity- and confidence-building in the public sector. To find out more, check out our Toolkits and case studies, which you will find in the menu to the right.
The 'energiebenchmark gemeentelijk vastgoed' (energy benchmark for municipal real estate) aims to provide insights in the energy use of municipality-owned buildings, in order to facilitate the strategic steering of policy on the basis of sustainability criteria. The benchmark allows to test and account for the sustainability policy of the municipality. By being able to compare energy use of municipal buildings (e.g. offices, sports centers, and swimming pools) to that in other municipalities, they are better able to improve the sustainability.