Excite: Award Excellence, Invest in Trust: Tailored Energy Management Services for East European Local Authorities

The Horizon 2020 project Excite applies the European Energy Award (eea) methodology in pilot municipalities of South- and Eastern Europa. The action builds on synergies between other initiatives on the municipal level, such as the implementation of the international energy management system (ISO 50001) as well as the implementation of the sustainable energy and climate action plans in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors.

The European Energy Award (eea) is a quality management and certification instrument supporting local authorities in implementing climate protection measures, which enables the comparison of participating cities and municipalities based on a coherent system. The Catalogue of Measures is the core element for planning and implementing climate protection measures. The 79 energy and climate policy measures are related to six areas of activities, namely: spatial planning, municipal buildings & facilities, supply & disposal, mobility, internal organisation and communication.

The Excite project supports the implementation of the European Energy Award in three pilot municipalities in the following countries: Bulgaria, North-Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine. In addition to implementing the eea methodology, greater involvement of citizens in the implementation of climate protection measures is crucial. Therefore, relevant training opportunities for communal energy managers as well as tailored financial models for local climate protection measures will be developed and implemented.

Information for public dissemination will be published on the Excite project website.

Project Dates
ClientEuropäische Kommission; H2020-Projekt
Project ManagerDI Gabriele Brandl
Project TeamDr. Angela Holzmann
Anna Kassai, MSc
Mag. (FH) Rudolf Köstler
Kerstin Schilcher, BA, MA
Mag. Gregor Thenius
DI Lukas Zwieb
Project PartnerBulgarien: EnEffect – Center for Energy Efficiency
Österreich: AEA – Österreichische Energieagentur, Austrian Energy Agency
Frankreich: AERE – Alternatives pour l'Energie, les énergies Renouvelables et l'Environnement
Rumänien: RoGBC – Romania Green Building Council
Slowenien: KSSENA – Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška Region
Ukraine: EECU – Association "Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine"
Nordmazedonien: HFHM – Habitat for Humanity Macedonia
Österreich: SIR – Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung und Wohnen
Schweiz: BRE – Brandes Energie AG
Duration09/2020 – 08/2023