Sustainable Buildings Sustainable Buildings


The building sector is the largest energy consumer in Europe, representing 40% of the total EU consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU, according to EC statistical data. By improving the energy efficiency of buildings, the total EU energy consumption could be reduced by 5-6% and lower CO2 emissions by about 5%.

The main objective of the S3 Partnership on Sustainable Buildings is to create an alliance between European regions to boost new markets and take advantage of regional opportunities for specialisation. The partnership is led by Andalusia, and 34 other European regions from 20 different countries are currently participating or have shown interest in joining.

Three main reference themes for interregional collaboration have been identified:

1) Eco-construction, bioclimatism and insulation of buildings,
2) Renewable energy integration in buildings,
3) Systems of maximum energy efficiency in buildings and cities

The next steps of the partnership comprise the creation of working groups for each reference theme, the mapping of the capacities, resources available and relevant actors in the participating regions, and the establishment of synergies and interregional collaborations for the implementation of concrete pilot projects and actions.

Regions involved

Lead regions: Andalusia (ES) and Észak-Alföld (HU)

Participating regions: Brussels-Capital Region, Flanders (BE), Prague (CZ), South Estonia (EE), Ireland (IE), Asturias, Catalonia, Valencian Community , Extremadura, Murcia, Castile and Leon (ES), Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Grand Est (FR), North west Croatia (HR), Campania, Lazio, Veneto (IT), Lithuania (LT), South Transdanubian (HU), Opolskie, Podkarpackie, Podlaskie, Pomorskie, Resowia, Slaskie (PL), Lisbon (PT), Gorenjska, Slovenia (SI), Slovakia (SK), Lapland, Etelä-Karjala (FI), Jatland, Västerbotten (SE), Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (UK).


1. Contact details of the leading regions

Joaquin VILLAR, Head of Internationalisation and Prospective Department, Andalusian Energy Agency

Valeria SZABO, International project manager, LENERG Energy Agency Nonprofit Llc.

2. Contact details of JRC

Isabelle SEIGNEUR, Directorate B, Growth and Innovation. Unit 3, Territorial Development.
Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy)

More information

Related documents:

    Summary Report (v. March 2017):                      Definition and Scope:                                Organisation:


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This innovation camp takes place these 11th and 12th October in Brussels. It counts on the joint participation of three S3PEnergy partnerships, external...

Working meeting Sustainable Buildings S3 Partnership - Debrecen (HU) 6 July

Working meeting of the Smart Specialisation Interregional Partnership on Sustainable Buildings

Working meeting Sustainable Buildings S3 Partnership - Brussels 17 May

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