BPM S.A., Greece
BPM S.A. is an Athens based boutique business consulting firm. BPM S.A. was founded in 1988 and since then it successfully offers its services and solutions to national and international clients.
Integrity, commitment, excellence, results and respect for people are BPM’s core values and have always been the cornerstones of its business conduct.
BPM addresses its clients’ needs related to business, people, funding, organization and society, by providing high quality, value adding, customized solutions aligned with internationally recognized best practices. Moreover, through the cooperation with selected business partners, BPM enhances its services portfolio and offers integrated solutions to its clients.
International state of the art methodologies and know how; wealth of experience through the successful completion of numerous challenging projects; personal involvement of a highly qualified team; and commitment to business ethics is BPM’s value proposition to its clients.
BPM S.A. is certified with ISO 9001 standard and is a member of the Hellenic Association of Management Consulting Firms (SESMA) and of the Hellenic Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR Hellas).
Hellenic Association of Urban and Regional Planners, Greece
The Association was founded in 1998 and it constitutes the collective body of the specialty’s engineers. The aim of the association is the respond to its members’ needs during the practice of their profession. More specifically, the objectives of the Association include:
- Contribution to the ongoing improvement of spatial planning in the country
- Systematic updating for relative scientific issues (urban and regional planning and development at a local, national and European level) through announcements and electronic newsletters, as well as a periodical special issue on Urban Planning and Development.
- Continuous briefing regarding employment opportunities in the private and public sector
- Interventions aiming to safeguarding the planners’ interests etc.
Local Energy Agency for Renewable Sources and Sustainable Development – Province of Cosenza – ALESSCO S.r.l., Italy
Manager, Roadmap for Take Up
ALESSCO s.r.l. is the Local Energy Agency for Renewable Sources and Sustainable Development – Province of Cosenza, established with the IEE Programme in the year 2006. ALESSCO is a private-law company governed by public law, owned and controlled by the Province of Cosenza (90%). and other stakeholders: University of Calabria, the biggest Technical College of Regione Calabria“ITIS Monaco”, Confindustria (leading organization representing manufacturing and companies in the Province of Cosenza), CNA (National Confederation of Small and Medium Businesses and Craft Firms ). The Agency works at local, regional, national and European level. ALESSCO is a member of the Italian Association of Energy Agencies (RENAEL). ALESSCO’s main goal it’s to promote energy efficiency policies and renewable sources, aiming at contributing to sustainable development, the rational use of energy and to the development of the renewable energy sector. The main tools and methods used are: project development, management and implementation, education and training activities, tool development, expert support for local authorities and municipalities, the Province of Cosenza and SME’s, experience exchange on regional, national and international level and networking, awareness rising and information activities. ALESSCO’s main activities focus on technical assistance to municipalities, SMEs and energy stakeholders providing expertise and advisory services.
Development Agency of Karditsa – ANKA, Greece
RLL Coordinator, Karditsa Region
The Development Agency of Karditsa, in short AN.KA, represents a necessary tool at the disposal of the Prefecture and the wider area. The leaders of local authorities had the wisdom to set it up on 1989. Since then, AN.KA has accumulated great expertise in various fields, which has been proved valuable in any development effort of our area. Apart from providing specialized technical support to public, self-governing, collaborative, social, private bodies and companies, AN.KA serves two very important social and deeply political procedures: citizens and bodies’ awareness as well as support to open social debate among both citizens and several groups of interest on any issue related directly or indirectly with the development of our area. This service is organised and delivered in a scientific way.
The Company’s main objective is to help develop, manage, maintain, protect and make the best use of natural resources, introduce innovation and entrepreneurship in the productive system; introduce and increase the use of renewable energy sources; support and develop new collective structures, contribute in social development and the general development of Karditsa and other areas in Greece, if requested.
Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia – SOS
RLL Coordinator, Pomurje Region
Association of Municipalities and towns of Slovenia (SOS) is the biggest representative association of municipalities, established in 1992. Association has 178 member municipalities (from 212 municipalities). Because of different needs in association with community’s size the association is organized in three sections – section of city municipalities, section with Administrative Unit headquarters and section of other communities. President of each section is also a vice-president of community member communities represent and accomplish their tasks in 16 commissions, (over 400 representatives of member communities are operating in this groups), in which they coordinate legal acts and regulation act within working areas that are important for the communities.
Tasks of Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia are, in particular, implementation and representation of local community’s common interests in proportion to coordination with legal and regulation acts, which, with their solutions, impact on municipalities’ situation.
Local Energy Agency Pomurje – LEA Pomurje, Slovenia
RLL Facilitator, Pomurje Region
LEA Pomurje is regional organization that takes care to promote and facilitate continues improvement of energy efficiency and accelerated deployment of renewable energy sources in the region by seeking to maximilization local energy self-supply region. The establishment of the agency dates back to 2005 in the framework of an international consortium in the Intelligent Energy Europe.
The basic guidelines of operation of activities is the promotion of RES (renewable energy sources) and RUE (efficient use of energy) and environmental protection at all levels and tracking requirements and guidelines in international, national and regional level in the energy sector. LEA Pomurje increasingly realize the objective to become a key software, implementing, negotiating and representative institution in the implementation of RES and RUE and sustainable development in the region.
Activities and projects, which was and will be implement and can be roughly placed into three groups as follows:
- Preparation project of strategy documents on the energy fields in Pomurje, as well as micro fields (local community and closed area);
- Project and activities for implementation of strategic documents;
- Project, educational and promotional nature of the field RES and RUE.
Instituto Universitario De Urbanistica – IUU, Spain
Manager, Regional Living Labs (RLL)
Centre of the Valladolid University (Spain), rooted in its School of Architecture and oriented to advanced and applied research in the fields of urbanism and spatial planning, in particular “city and regional planning”. The Instituto has a consolidated experience in specialized teaching –European third cycle university courses- about these issues and it has developed several pHD programs in our University and in collaboration with other Universities from Spain, Mexico and Venezuela. The Instituto is also an experienced centre of consultancy for the public sector in urban and regional studies, city and regional planning and cultural heritage matters (see www.uva.es/iuu), working to local and regional authorities (municipalities, Castilla y León Region, etc.) and to Spanish National administration (Ministerio de Fomento –public works-, Ministerio de Vivienda –housing).
RLL Coordinator, Calabria Region
Calabria Region is a public body representing the central administration of Calabria, set up in 1971 by the national low n. 519, approved according to the art. 123 of the Italian Constitution. The regional administration governs a territory situated in the southern Italy and constituted by five provinces: Catanzaro, where the Calabria Region is based, Cosenza, Reggio Calabria, Crotone and Vibo Valentia.
The Calabria Region, through the Service 6 “Interregional Cooperation” of the Sector 5 “Cooperation, External affairs and Euro-Mediterranean policies”, directly under the Department of the Regional Governor, contributes to the achievement of the strategic objectives and policies set at EU level. It also participating at cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation projects in several sectors such as environment, sustainable development, research and ICT, tourism, transport, culture, cultural heritage, entrepreneurship. The Calabria Region also contributes to the modernization and competitiveness of the administrative skills and policies through the promotion of the exchange of experiences and good practices with other regional authorities at national and EU level.
Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia – BEF Latvia
RLL Facilitator, Zemgale Region
The Baltic Environmental Forum-Latvia (BEF-Latvia) is a non-governmental organisation aiming at strengthening environmental protection by developing co-operation and dialogue between various stakeholders and by increasing their capacities in implementation of environmental management.. The BEF-Latvia’s central activities foster implementation of the EU environmental policy in the Baltic Sea region. The organisation’s primary fields of focus consist of: sustainable development of urban and rural areas, including sustainable use of resources; climate change mitigation and adaptation; and sustainable consumption patterns. The BEF-Latvia is a facilitator and networking organisation that seeks to build stakeholder capacity for better environmental protection. Several international and national events (seminars, trainings, info days) have been organised. BEF has experience in data collection and comparative analyses. Several targeted publications on various environmental issues and recommendations on EU policy implementation at various levels have been elaborated. The organization has a long term contract for rent of office premises in Riga, Antonijas 2-8, and has fully equipped 16 working places. BEF Latvia has 16 employees including 3 experts working in the field of sustainable use of energy sources implementing national and international projects related to awareness raising of stakeholders and general public.
Centro Nazionale Studi Urbanistici – CeNSU, Italy
The National Centre of Urban Studies (Centro Nazionale Studi Urbanistici – CeNSU), is a non-profit organisation, promoted by the Italian National Council of Engineers (Consiglio Nazionale degli Ingegneri – CNI).
CeNSU aims to promote cultural and training initiatives on urban and regional planning issues, strategic environmental assessment, real estate market, building codes, etc.. It enhances the collaboration of Associations and Public Bodies on town planning actions, it acts as consulting body for the National Council of Engineers, other institutions and administrative bodies, and enhance the participation of engineers in town planning related matters.
CeNSU is also engaged in the permanent formation of engineers, through conferences, seminars, and courses.
CeNSU, whose President is Prof. Maurizio Tira, is lead by an executive board, a council and a board of scientific consultants. The Organisation is articulated into provincial and regional sections and counts roughly 600 members in the Country.
EC Network, Denmark
Manager, Communication and Dissemination
EC Network A/S (ECNet) is a leading Danish company in the field of sustainable energy. It was established in 2000. The mission of EC Network is to make a professional contribution to the dissemination of sustainable energy and environmental systems. The Company has been involved in numerous technical assistance projects in Europe and Asia as well as a significant number of EU research and promotion projects (IEE, FP5, FP6, FP7 etc.).
The core areas for EC Network encompass:
- Strategy, policy and management in general within the overall energy sector
- Strategic energy planning
- Renewable Energy
- District Heating and Combined Heat and Power
- Energy projects at end-users (buildings and industries)
- Communication strategies and activities
University of Groningen – RUG
Manager, Experiental Learning
The Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Department of Planning and Environment of the University of Groningen has extensive experience in projects on sustainable urban management, spatial planning and energy. It is one of the founding partners of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association (UPE) and extensively involved in the Association of European Planning Schools (AESOP). It has a long and outstanding research history on issues such as environmental policy, spatial planning, energy landscapes and transitions, decision-support modelling, peri-urban growth management, sustainability and liveability research, integration of thematic-sectoral policies, participative approaches and decentralisation in planning and policy at the local level, and area specific policies. Our research has a strong spatial dimension and deals with spatial transformation in relation to territorial management, areaoriented approaches or context-sensitive designs, and stakeholder involvement
The University of Groningen traditionally ranks among the 100 strongest universities worldwide. The Faculty of Spatial Sciences and within it the Department of Planning and Environment contributes directly two on of the University’s main research themes, which is energy. Our work involves studies on sustainable urban management, sustainable transport, and the integration of spatial planning and energy planning. Among the main focal points is the investigation of the relation between spatial planning, spatial and institutional design on the one hand, and energy production, consumption and efficiency on the other.
Municipality of Middelfart, Denmark
RLL Coordinator, Triangle Region
The Municipality of Middelfart is a municipality with 37.000 inhabitants. The local government is lead by mayor Steen Dahlstrøm, who has been mayor in the municipality for 8 periods. The municipality’s vision is “Together we are building bridges to the future” and the strategy is “Green transition and growth”. Vision and strategy indicate that co-creation and co-operation within fields of green transition is very important for the municipality.
In the past years the municipality has been awarded a number of awards: Town planning municipality of the year, most innovative municipality in Denmark, best public decision maker in Danish municipalities, role model in energy savings to mention some og the awards. Most of these recognitions have been awarded due to the work in the field “green transition” and energy- and planning projects.
The municipality is very committed in the work with planning processes and climate change and energy transition. The municipality was amongst the first Danish municipalities to have high ambitions regarding energy-consumption in new spatial plans and dealing with climate change
Junta De Castilla Y León – JCyL, Spain
RLL Coordinator, Castilla Y León
Regional government of the Spanish Region Castilla y León (largest of 17 regions,
94,222 km2; 6th most populated, 2,5M), established as an autonomous government within the Spanish constitutional framework, with full competence on issues such as regional planning and housing policies, and legal, supervisory and coordination competence on local public bodies and activities such as urban planning and local development of housing policies.
Grant Thornton SA
Grant Thornton Greece was founded in 1994 and has steadily increased in size ever since. Our goals focus on continuous improvement, and becoming market leader in assurance, advisory and tax services. Grant Thornton Greece delivers high quality services and efficiently supports its clients domestically and abroad through its highly qualified professional staff. We have offices in the four largest cities of Greece: Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion and Ioannina. Grant Thornton Greece has an International Business Centre (IBC) that provides a gateway to the resources of the Grant Thornton global organization. IBCs are led by experts in international business familiar with the wealth of experience held by member firm partners around the world. They coordinate this expertise to serve clients across borders. Grant Thornton Greece combines the resources of a large firm with the agility of a small one. On the one hand, we have strong domestic knowledge being a local firm with extensive experience of the Greek market. On the other hand, Grant Thornton Greece has a large pool of functional and sector expertise. We have the ability to utilize regional experts across a variety of disciplines and we have access to vast range of sector specialists across Southeastern Europe.
Our services are open to all organizations regardless of size and activity, tailored exactly to the needs and specificities of each one of them. We focus on every client individually, as their growth is a key element to the development of Grant Thornton.
Zemgale Planning Region – Zemgale
RLL Coordinator, Zemgale Region
Zemgale Planning Region is regional public authority financed by Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development and representing 22 local Municipalities forming Regional political body – Council. Council is decision manking body, but Administration of Zemgale Planning Region is Executive body. Main functions by legislation are: – Regional planning and elaboration and development of planning documents,
– Implementaion of Regional Development Plan, – Regional transport organization Zemgale Planning Region participated in INTERREG IVC project “EU 2020 Going Local”. In frame of this project by the experts in cooperation with ZPR administration and stakeholders was elaborated Zemgale Planning Region Energy Action Plan 2012-2020. This Plan was integrated in new Zemgale Regional Development Programme 2014-2020. Most exepriences are connected with main function – regional planning and elaboration of development documents. Zemgale Planning Region direcltly is not operating with ERDF, but only via cross-border, BSR and INTERREG programms, where projects are financed by ERDF. Information Centre of structural funds operating in our administration, and IC consultate applicants or developers of project ideas
Municipality of Groningen / Urban GRO Lab
RLL Coordinator, Groningen
In the Urban Gro Lab, actual spatial and societal issues in the city of Groningen are investigated. In close cooperation with the municipality and University of Groningen researchers, the Urban Gro Lab will employ the city as a testing bed. The laboratory intends to be a source of knowledge and inspiration for the liveable city of the future. The Urban Gro Lab connects and interweaves science and practice in a dynamic urban experiment. The Urban Gro Lab is an urban living lab embedded in the city of Groningen (NL), integrating concurrent and ongoing research, planning and innovation process within the arena of public-private-civil society network approach. The lab provides a framework for actor and user centred planning and research, involving various actors, stakeholders, different fields of research and city government and administration. The Urban Gro Lab is a strategic partnership between the City of Groningen and the University of Groningen Department of Planning and Environment.