Brief description of the project

Buildings consume more than 40% of Europe’s energy use and are responsible for 36% of EU CO2 emissions and this percentage in Republic of North Macedonia is even higher. Given that EE is one of the most cost effective ways to enhance security of energy supply and to reduce energy demand and emissions of greenhouse gases, the overall objective of the 3Em project is implementation of energy efficiency measures in the public buildings run by the local government units in the border region between Republic of North Macedonia and Greece. Set of reconstruction EE measures of public buildings are planned to be undertaken in the municipalities of Valandovo and Radovis in Republic of North Macedonia and Serres and Florina in Greece.  The project consists of two components: 1. Undertaking pilot reconstruction measures of public buildings (kindergarten, schools and municipality building) towards improving their EE 2. Strengthening capacities of employees in public buildings (municipal administration, employees of education centers and kindergarten) in designing and implementing EE measures
The 1st component directly contributes towards improving the energy performance of the selected public buildings by implementing pilot reconstruction measures. Two sets of activities will be implemented: a) Preparatory activities or situation analysis (assessments of current status on EE of public buildings, SEAP for Municipality of Valandovo, EE Program and Action plan + determination of priority sectors, Greenhouse emissions inventory) b) Direct EE infrastructure measures in the kindergarten in the municipality of Valandovo, Republic of North Macedonia, Provatas Lyceum in the municipality of Serres, primary school of the municipality of Radovish and  music school of Florina  The 2nd component focuses on implementing of the following soft intervention measures:
  1. Capacity building program for employees in the public buildings aiming at increasing their knowledge about EE with regard to mitigation of climate change 
b) Organizing summer camp for children, where children up to 18 years will be introduced to the topics of environmental protection, climate change, renewable energies, EE, etc. c) Developing E-learning platform for knowledge transfer, sharing best practices, lessons learned.
Although the EE measures in public building do not necessarily require joint collaboration between partner institutions from both sides of the border, joint cooperation produces additional cross-border effects, mainly though knowledge transfer of the processes of implementation of EE measures, legal requirements with regard to meeting environmental standards in construction of buildings and possibilities for improvement of energy performance of public buildings. In addition the improved professional communication and cooperation between partner institutions, can lead to strengthening the relation and increasing the trust as a base for developing other, not exclusively environment related initiatives.