In Greece, the national legislation has been aligned to the European directives demanding major changes in the public sector properties related to the reduction of the energy consumption. In North Macedonia, there is a national rule that demands the development of an Action Plan that will propose measures that will contribute to the efficiency of public properties in the energy sector. Thus, the relationship between energy efficiency actions and the policy framework is becoming more and more crucial.
The main challenge that the project is about to tackle is the answer to the question: “how can local authorities contribute to the application of the energy policy in their territories, in a joint framework of actions, and simultaneously contribute to the awareness of the local population on energy efficiency measures?”
The answer comes under a spatial perspective; the local authorities can both implement actions related to energy efficiency and construct a strategy if they consider the area of their expertise which is the public space. The term "public space" is not so simple; it includes both building and open areas and involves social relations and practices. Under this perspective, it comes as a contrary to the private space, which includes the private property (housing, industry, commerce etc), which is also very important for the application of energy policy. However, the local authorities are not responsible for private spaces. Acknowledging its contribution on energy policy enforcement, the project is structured with two direct axes; the first one focuses on the public space (building, open space) and the second one to the private space, with action of awareness and promotion the enforcement of policy by the locals.
Four local authorities are collaborating in order to answer this question: Municipality of Pella, Municipality of Negotino, the Culture and Development Public Benefit Corporation of the Municipality of Pella and the Secondary Municipal School “St.Kiril and Metodij” – Negotino.