PATRES - Public Administration Training and coaching on Renewable Energy Systems

  • Dates: May 2010 – May 2013
  • Leader: CIRCE
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PATRES organized, in each of the 7 countries involved, a training programme that mainly includes:

  1. Training courses for 140 relevant staff members from 100 municipalities, provinces, regions, social housing bodies, public utilities representing 50 communities and 7 countries.
  2. Coaching service of PA experts for 28 pilot actions (i.e test cases for improving regulations for the obligation of RES in the building regulations and codes, regulations for the introducing of RES in the public procurement) (at least 1.680 hours of coaching)
  3. Meetings – visiting best practice examples in Europe

PATRES made freely available online in 8 European languages on the project website

  • a database of best practice cases at a European level for the implementation of RES-based systems;
  • a collection of training materials concerning legislation, technologies, codes and regulations;
  • a guide for the drafting and updating of codes and regulations for the introduction of RES-based systems in buildings.

PATRES furthermore organized

– The realization of 28 pilot actions in the 7 involved countries which benefited from a customized coaching and technical advice service;
– The organization of 2 international conferences:

  • the conference of Rijeka (Croatia), at the end of the first phase, to compare and create networking among involved organizations participating in the training;
  • the conference of Bucharest (Romania), at the end of activities, to draw a balance on the work done, to compare the experience acquired in the different involved countries and to present the new regulations developed in the framework of the project.


The main objective of the PATRES project was supporting local authorities (from municipalities to regions), public utilities and social housing bodies in implementing effective obligations and policies for minimum levels of energy from RE sources (heating, cooling and electricity from solar thermal, biomass, geothermal and PV) in their building regulations and codes for new or refurbished buildings.The second objective of the project was supporting local authorities, public utilities and social housing bodies in improving public procurement (related to RES) for their facilities or social housing.The third objective of the project was supporting local authorities in joining the Covenant of Mayors especially the smaller ones and from New Member States that lack the required technical skills to develop the SEAP required for joining the Covenant.



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