BAPAURA project

Scaling up the energy refurbishment of public buildings in small and mid-size local authorities

National and European energy savings in the building sector at small and mid-sized municipalities are not being met, hence the need to focus on this weak point. Currently, small and mid-size municipalities in the region face significant challenges when meeting their energy savings goals due to the lack of technical and legal expertise hindering the use of advanced contracting schemes. Further challenges include scattered grants and lack of financial engineering at municipal level.

BAPAURA is a three-year project which aims at facilitating the refurbishment of public buildings in small and mid-size municipalities which often overlook the energy efficiency portion of their works as a result of the proportionally high costs of setting-up such projects. This project is fully funded by the European program for research and innovation Horizon 2020 (total budget: €1 475 594)

Objectives of the project

  • Supporting Energy Efficiency (EE) investment in 115 public buildings triggering a total of EUR 23.6 million investment
  • Developing advanced and centralized energy services dedicated to small and mid-size municipalities focusing on project development assistance (legal, technical and financial).
  • Providing these services at department level through 9 existing local energy support structures that will introduce “one-stop shop” services.
  • Mobilizing service providers, SME’s and financial institutions at local level.
  • Introducing innovative financing by optimizing the investment plan of municipalities, reviewing all financing options, adapting grants, harmonizing subsidy request applications and mobilizing white certificates.
  • Replicating the project result at regional and national levels thanks to the toolkit produced along the project lifetime.

About the consortium

BAPAURA consortium is composed of organizations that are involved in energy investment planning at regional and local levels in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region. Thus, the consortium comprises of local public authorities, energy agencies and local public companies involved in energy efficiency projects. The French Agengy for ecological transition, ADEME, is coordinating the whole consortium.