Act Now

Project Description


Act now to exploit Europe’s biggest energy resource by saving energy in the building stock! Local authorities play a key role in energy efficiency (EE) in the building stock. They invest in EE measures in their own properties. Being closest to the citizens, they can set good examples and drive the market uptake of more efficient energy systems by stimulating investments in private buildings. However, this potential is not yet well

exploited. Skills to define and implement EE solutions and to secure funding are limited.

Act now  will show how local “Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs)” can be turned into concrete measures reducing energy consumption in buildings. For this sake the project aims at the increase of capacities municipality staff and local stakeholders who are dealing with energy issues. Core of the concept is the installation of local energy efficiency work groups consisting of municipality staff and external stakeholders. These groups will serve as local project steering groups, learning groups and future instrument coordinate local energy efficiency activities.


The approach for capacity building is customized to the needs of each municipality since it is based on learning by doing in the given local context. Expert partners will coach the target groups and accompany the development process of a new investment in energy efficiency. A step by step approach to a smart sequence of local integrated cross-pressure actions will be defined. The customized capacity building schemes will be developed by a transnational expert team and tested in municipalities in all BSR countries. The transferable concept will be made available for municipalities in the whole BSR through guidelines and an online training programme. The approach is not only focusing on learning. It also aims at analyzing workflows and administrative structures to get rid of obstacles which hamper an effective energy management and the planning of energy efficiency measures.


In addition tools like a software-based energy management system will be implemented to identify the “low hanging fruits” and prepare investments outside the project budget. Staff members will be trained in energy management, investment planning and communication with private investors and facility users.


At the end of the Capacity Building in each participating municipality projects “ready for application” will be developed according to the local energy strategies and increased energy efficiency. These projects will be directed to public facilities in the eastern part of the regions whereas in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland the focus will be on private buildings. In these countries public facilities have been almost refurbished.

The challenge is now to stimulate private owners to increased investments in energy efficiency.


Budget and timetable


Total budget 3 447 025 €

Partners’ budgets from Finland:

Association of Ylivieska Region 146 405 €

University of Applied Sciences Centria 182 003 €


Implementation: 25.5.2017 – 30.9.2020


Contact persons


Association of Ylivieska Region

Timo Kiema

+358 50 5908 044


University of Applied Sciences Centria

Mikko Himanka

+ 358 44 4492 537