Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

Contact person: Sebastiano Cacciaguerra
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Silvia Stefanelli
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Friuli–Venezia Giulia is Italy's lies in the North- Eastern corner  of Italy and it is the fifth smallest region of the country. The territory  is divided  in  mountains (42,5), hills (19.3%) and plains  (38.2%), whereas only 5,5 % of the population lives in mountain areas, 36% in the hills and the majority (58%) in the plains. The Region borders further North with Carinthia (Austria) and further East with Slovenia, while the southern coast faces the Adriatic Sea and the western border  is with the Veneto Region.

Energy Division roles and activities
The Energy Division is in charge of  a wide range of activities in the energy sector: energy planning and energy laws making process, the authorization of energy plants and infrastructures, monitoring and collecting energy data, laying out energy and renewable energy roadmaps and plans. Within the division the Renewable Energy Unit manages European projects in the energy sector.

European  cooperation
The Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is involved in three Cross-border Cooperation Programmes (Italy-Austria, Italy-Slovenija and IPA Adriatic),  four Transnational Cooperation Programmes (Alpine Space, Central Europe, MED and South East Europe) and in three interregional Programmes (Interreg IVC, Urbact II  and Espon 2013)  within the European Territorial Cooperation Objective in the Programming Period 2007-2013.

European energy projects
The Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia has always paid great attention to energy policies both on regional interregional and European level.  The energy division of the Central Directorate of environment energy and mountain policies, beyond  being partner of the Alterenergy  project  is involved in four other project on sustainable energy, energy efficiency and energy roadmaps and strategies. The objective of the other projects are briefly described.

The aim of the CEP-REC project "Introduction of Regional Energy Concepts" (2012-2014), financed by the Central Europe Programme is to set up  energy model regions, where energy balance sheets and energy strategies will be shared with other eight central and eastern European  countries. Major activities include energy demand and supply assessment, energy balance sheets, the development of a strategy and an action plan for nine energy concept regions, as well as communication activities like an energy award and regional and nation events (

The CEP 5 Project "Demonstration of energy efficiency and utilisation of renewable energy sources through public building"is financed by the Central Europe programme. It aims at the promotion of energy efficiency and exploitation of renewable energy sources through actions of demonstration in public buildings. It also tests and shares different approaches to sustainable and energy efficiency certification schemes like the CESBA tool and platform (

The MARIE Project  "Mediterranean Building Rethinking for Energy Efficiency Improvement financed by the MED Programme  aims at improving energy savings in Buildings.At regional level the Region has set up a Regional Interest Group with AREA Science Park, an applied research think-thanks,  in order to share with stakeholders energy efficiency tools, standards , financial schemes to be adopted at the local level and shared with the other project partners (

The COME project "La via per l'efficienza  energetica nei Comuni, financed by the INTERREG IV Italy-Austria Programme" is meant to enhance the capacity building of municipalities on energy efficiency also by sharing successful programmes like the e5, an energy efficiency and climate protection programme successfully acting at  local level (