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AÚNA Forum

The AÚNA project

AÚNA

The project

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AÚNA arises out of a desire to be a large, specialised forum integrating all stakeholders across the financing, construction and energy value chains, public and private, to dialogue, understand each other and work together.
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The AÚNA project is part of the ‘Smart Finance for Smart Buildings’ initiative of the European Commission. It also gives continuity in Spain to the work of the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums (SEIF), another European Commission initiative that aims to stimulate large-scale investing and financing to promote sustainable energy.
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In addition, AÚNA will help to meet the objectives of the National Integrated Plan for Energy and Climate 2021-2030 (PNIEC) and the 2020 Update of the long-term Strategy for Energy Renovation in the Building Sector in Spain (ERESEE), in line with the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

Objectives

  • Achieve a common understanding of the dynamics and needs in the financing of energy-efficiency projects.
  • Discover best practices and new financing models for sustainable building and renovation.
  • Develop tools for the aggregation of projects and technical assistance in order to scale up renovation activities.
  • Maintain a permanent round table for dialogue, inviting all the involved stakeholders, citizens and public policy-makers.
  • Propose regulatory and legislative recommendations to help create new instruments and tools to channel new investments in this sector.
  • Develop plans that allow public funds to be used more effectively and with greater impact.
  • Define mechanisms to ensure a better technical and financial risk profile for the projects to be financed.

The AÚNA forum will organise

To channel dialogue

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ROUND TABLES
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OPEN WEBINARS
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MEETINGS
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CONFERENCE
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Specific actions

Planning the AÚNA forum

Preliminary definition of the forum, considering both the identification of ‘lever’ mechanisms for renovation financing (combining best practices in terms of financing and the most efficient, operational management models), as well as the analysis and involvement of key agents in the process and decision-making.

Dialogue process: Financing and renovation

Once the forum’s foundation has been designed, an open and effective dialogue will be established between the financing, energy and building sectors, disseminating and sharing the initiatives, mechanisms and models identified and promoting interaction and collaboration among its members. In turn, a link will be established with the European Commission’s services for the exchange of activities with the SEIF (Sustainable Energy Investmet Forums).

Community management

Across all sectors, the management of stakeholders in the FORUM aims to create an engaged, cohesive, interactive and proactive community. A stakeholder map will be created as a tool to learn more about the community, to provide better service and to evaluate the forum’s development and the stakeholders’ participation, favouring the continuity of AÚNA.

Financial test bed for dissemination among citizens

With all the knowledge acquired and the success stories identified in the framework of the forum, an innovation incubator will be launched featuring a toolbox, methodology, test bed and a problem-solving database aimed at building renovation initiatives, citizens and local governments. The expected results are financial plans that will interest investors and citizens.

Communication with the community

In a cross-cutting way, the FORUM for dialogue proposes open, tailored communication with the different sectors and with citizens, making use of various communication channels and AÚNA tools that will be parallel and directly linked to the project activities.

Ongoing interaction and collaboration with ERESEE-PNIEC

In order to establish full complementarity with the existing instruments and help to improve them, the measures applied in the Long-term Strategy for Energy Renovation in the Building Sector in Spain 2020 will be followed and evaluated, and the knowledge generated in the FORUM will be transmitted to the public administration for its inclusion in ERESEE 2023.

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Anticipated results

The fundamental result of the project, derived from its permanent, interdisciplinary debate, will be to effectively help promote the energy renovation of buildings through suitable financing models.

To do so, the intermediate milestones include:

  • Promoting primary energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction.
  • Promoting investments in sustainable energy.
  • Developing at least two round tables on the national investment in energy efficiency.
  • Developing at least four documents to contribute to national or regional policies as a result of the round tables.
  • Involving more than 450 key agents in the round tables.

And additionally:

  • Promoting interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration between agents.
  • Scaling the project (ensuring that the knowledge, methodologies and strategies deployed can be replicated on a larger scale).
  • Adapting or creating at least one strategy to support the implementation of new financial models.

Our partners

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PROJECT COORDINATOR

Green Building Council España is a nonprofit organisation that promotes the transition of the building sector towards a more sustainable model. It belongs to a global network with a presence in more than 70 countries and 36,000 members, the World Green Building Council, WorldGBC.

​Together with its partners, it trains, certifies and facilitates connections to accelerate the transition towards sustainable habitats.

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WP1 LEADER: SCENARIO OF REFERENCE AND DEFINITION OF THE FORUM

Greenward Partners (GWP), the first green capital company in Spain, is developing a management and financing system for comprehensive energy renovation projects for buildings and the implementation of distributed and stored energy, surmounting the existing roadblocks in the sector to channel long-term, private investments towards reliable projects.

Greenward Partners website

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WP2 CO-LEADER: DIALOGUE PROCESS

Unión de Creditos Inmobiliarios (UCI) is a financial institution in the real estate sector certified by the Bank of Spain that has been operating since 1989. It is a company specialised in mortgage loans and led by professionals with many years of experience in the sector.

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PARTICIPATION IN WP1: SCENARIO OF REFERENCE, AND WP3: TEST BED

CoHispania appraisal company

Independent appraisal and consulting company founded in 1989 and certified by the Bank of Spain. It focuses on creating and increasing value with correct decision-making thanks to knowledge of the real estate, industrial and financial sectors, with leading professionals who meet clients’ needs by providing solutions and minimising risks.

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WP2 CO-LEADER: DIALOGUE PROCESS

Analistas Financieros Internacionales (AFI) is a leading Spanish company in advising, consulting and independent training in economics, finance and technology. The company was founded in 1987 by a group of top academics and has since become a benchmark in the financial field. Its team is made up of more than 150 highly qualified professionals, including its 20 partners.

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PARTICIPATION IN WP3: TEST BED

Ecooo Revolución Solar, S.L., a nonprofit organisation founded in 2005, is focused on all kinds of projects that encourage citizens to embrace a new energy model that is clean, sustainable and in the hands of the people. As a nonprofit, its business earnings are used for projects and activities concerning information, awareness and education in the fields of energy, the environment, and the promotion of an economic system based on the protection of social and environmental rights.

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WP4 LEADER: INTERACTION WITH THE ERESEE AND THE PNIEC

Extremadura Energy Agency (AGENEX) is a non-profit entity focused on helping local, regional, academic and other authorities to design and execute their energy strategy. It supports them in the tasks of informing, assisting and sensitising consumers on energy issues, providing objective advice on the development and monitoring of their energy projects.

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WP3 LEADER: TEST BED

Institute of Construction of Castilla y León (ICCL) is a private, nonprofit, scientific-cultural foundation that aims to influence all the technical aspects of the construction process in civil, building and restoration works.

It was founded in 1994, and after more than 20 years of existence, it remains actively involved in research, innovation and applied technology projects to support professionals and companies in the construction sector.

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WP5 LEADER: COMMUNICATION, DISSEMINATION AND COOPERATION

AEICE is a private, nonprofit association whose mission is to improve the competitiveness of agents in the habitat value chain through collaborative innovation, training, internationalisation and communication.

Together with its more than 100 partners and collaborators – companies, knowledge centres and technology centres – it works on R&D&I actions and projects on different scales, responding to the challenges of the sector with efficient, sustainable solutions.

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