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Regio1st online planning framework is out!

Check out the brand new online planning framework of the Regio1st project to assist regional and local planners in implementing the Energy Efficiency First principle.


Publication date
26 April 2024
European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency


Regions and cities play a key role in the energy transition across Europe, as they are the main channel for the implementation of the Green Deal1, and of its climate and energy objectives. They are the main players involved in energy transition on-site being in direct contact with the reality and challenges on the ground.2 

To achieve a reduction of energy consumption of at least 1.7% in 2030 in the EU, as expected in the revised Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), the implementation of the Energy Efficiency First 1st principle, introduced by its article 33, is crucial. This will require local and regional authorities to ensure a careful monitoring of the application of the EE1st principle and promote the application of methodologies that allow a proper assessment of the wider benefits of efficiency solutions. 

This is where the brand-new online tool launched by the Regio1st LIFE-CET project comes into play: the Regio1st Planning Framework provides a comprehensive, structured approach for regional energy planners in Europe to develop and implement sustainable, cost-effective energy strategies while prioritising energy savings in buildings and energy efficiency solutions in line with the EE1st principle. The interactive tool is delivering a thorough methodology assessing the various benefits of a wide-range of energy-efficiency solutions. 

Energy efficiency shouldn’t be overlooked at any level of governance, since it is a key lever to achieve further emissions reduction and be Fit for 554, to phase out fossil fuels and to boost EU competitiveness by the development of energy-efficient technologies industry. By using the Regio1st Planning Framework, planners can address the challenges of energy planning, develop strategies that maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and create a sustainable, resilient, and economically viable energy future for their communities. 



26 APRIL 2024
Check out the Regio1st online planning framework