Action Group 9 - Energy

To make the territory a model region for energy efficiency and renewable energy


Action Group 9 focuses on the promotion of energy efficiency and the production and use of local renewable energy in the Alpine Region, especially in the public and private sectors. The framework is provided by, inter alia, the EU’s energy directives, the EU goals for 2020 and the Energy Union Package. The action aims at supporting a significant reduction of energy consumption in the housing and mobility sector, as well as in small and medium enterprises. The action promotes energy management and monitoring systems at different levels.



Kick-Off Meeting, 09.03.2016, Bolzano

2nd Action Group 9 meeting, 10.10.2016, Bolzano

3rd Action Group 9 meeting, 14.02.2017, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

4th Action Group 9 meeting, 24.10.2018, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

5th Action Group 9 meeting, 21.03.2018, Bolzano

6th Action Group 9 meeting, 01.10.2018, Innsbruck

7th Action Group 9 meeting, 07.-08.03.2019, St. Pölten

8th Action Group 9 meeting, 21.-22.10.2019, Bergamo

9th Action Group 9 meeting, 16.04.2020, online

10th Action Group 9 meeting, 01.12.2020, online

11th Action Group 9 meeting, 11.03.2021, online

12th Action Group 9 meeting, 11.06.2021, online

13th Action Group 9 meeting, 19.11.2021, online

14th Action Group 9 meeting, 18-19.05.2022, Bolzano/Bozen

15th ActionGroup 9 meeting, 04.07.2022, online

16th Action Group 9 meeting, 11.10.2022, Bolzano/Bozen



1st EUSALP Energy Conference 2017 "Energy Efficiency in SMES: A chance for the energy model region EUSALP, 06.06.2017, Bolzano/Bozen

2nd EUSALP Energy Conference "Energy Transition in the Alps", 02.10.2018, Innsbruck

3rd EUSALP Energy Conference "Renovation of Public Buildings", 22nd October 2019, Bergamo (I)

4th EUSALP Energy Conference "CLIMATE, RISKS, ENERGIES", 30.09.-01.10.2020, Chamonix (F)

5th EUSALP Energy Conference (Session 1): Alpine Regions, large scale initiators of hydrogen mobility. 18.10.2021, online

5th EUSALP Energy Conference (Session 2): Local Energy Communities - A Win for All in the Energy Transition. 17.11.2021, online

5th EUSALP Energy Conference (Session 3): EUSALP and the New European Bauhaus. 18.-20.05.2022, Bolzano/Bozen (I)

6th EUSALP Energy Conference, 11.10.2022, Bolzano/Bozen (I)


WORKSHOPS & events

1st experts' workshop "EUSALP Energy Observatory", 20.03.2018, Bozen

2nd experts' workshop "EUSALP Energy Observatory", 06.06.2018, Innsbruck

Cross-sectoral workshop "Alpine forests seen from a multi-disciplinary perspective" (EUSALP AG2-AG6-AG7-AG9), 21.11.2018, Innsbruck

Strategic event "Energy efficiency in enterprises in the EUSALP MRS", 20-21.03.2019, Bozen/Bolzano

Workshop Meeting of macro-regional coordinators "Energy priorities: potentials for cross macro-regional collaboration", 02-03.04.2019, Vienna

Project development meeting "Alp_EN-Data", 16.-17.04.2019, Lyon

Cross-sectoral event "Smart Villages as a common perspective through different visions", 23-24.05.2019, Courmayeur

Thematic Workshop at the 4th EUSALP Energy Conference: "Hydrogen, an energy vector in the making in the Alps?", 30.09.2020, Chamonix (F)

Thematic Workshop at the 4th EUSALP Energy Conference: "Which energy-climate objectives for EUSALP?", 30.09.2020, Chamonix (F)

2nd Stakeholder Network – Meeting CAESAR project, 15.01.2021, online

CAESAR Final Workshop, 25.05.2021, online

Joint workshop (ALPACA – EUSALP Action Group 9 – Alpine Climate Board): The Virtual Alpine Energy Agency, 15.06.2021, online

Thematic Workshop "EUSALP Energy Policy Tables", 18.05.2022, Bolzano/Bozen (I)

Thematic workshop: "Hydrogen: Which priorities for the Alpine region?", 19.05.2022, Bolzano/Bozen (I)

EUSALP Energy Dialogue, 10.10.2022, Bolzano/Bozen (I)


3rd Thematic Policy Area
"Environment and Energy"

Specific Objectives

  • Setting up an Alpine energy efficiency cluster. This cluster should serve as a forum for cooperation and innovation, bring technical solutions for the specific energy needs of the Alpine Region, and develop energy efficiency processes and products particularly adapted to the Alpine Region, especially in the housing and mobility sectors.
  • Greening the Alpine infrastructure’: focusing on energy efficiency in the building sector and promote harmonised, affordable and operational assessment tools to be used by public authorities in order to boost sustainable and low-carbon buildings in the Alpine Region.
  • Setting up an Alpine renewable energy cluster while taking into account ecological, economical and land use issues and considering societal trade-offs.
  • Support energy management systems in the Alpine Region by developing, sharing and installing energy efficiency and decentralised monitoring systems at the local level and by promoting regional energy monitoring.
  • Support a better use of local resources and increase energy self-sufficiency while reducing impacts on climate and the environment.
Patrick Biard
Role: Leader, Member
Ulrich Santa
Role: Leader, Member

Additional Representative contacts

Benjamin Auer
Maren Meyer
Etienne Vienot
Mauro Alberti
Benjamin Auer
Patrick Biard
Adriano Bisello
Tino Blondiau
Pietro Caratti
Silvio De Nigris
Philipp Egger
Maria Fabianelli
Martina Gračner
Myriam Insam
Peter Jamer
Maren Meyer
Giovanni Nuvoli
Bruno Oberhuber
Peter Obricht
Rupert Pritzl
Ulrich Santa
Paolo Simonetti
Wolfram Sparber
Attilio Tonolo
Sara Verones
Etienne Vienot
Stefano Zerbi


Nora Leszczynski
Giacomo Luciani
Giacomo Luciani
Nuno Madeira
Stefano Sala
Edita Smajic


AlpGov 2

Jan 2020 to Jun 2022
100% Complete

AlpGov 1

Jun 2016 to Dec 2019
100% Complete

EUSALP Energy Award 2022

Jun 2022 to Oct 2022
100% Complete


Sep 2019 to May 2021
100% Complete

ALPACA - The Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action

Nov 2018 to Dec 2019
100% Complete

Smart Villages

Apr 2018 to Apr 2021
100% Complete

EUSALP Energy Observatory

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
100% Complete


EUSALP Energy Survey

Reliable energy data are the basis for decision-makers to define, to implement and to monitor the effectiveness of energy policies.


Grey energy assessment in construction/ Alpine construction materials

In order to reach a climate-neutral building stock by 2050, the building sector must be considered.


Greening the Alpine Infrastructure / Building Sector

The goal of this report is to show how a common set of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in the Alpine area could be adopted and what the bottlenecks and challenges for the promotion of common KPIs


Compilation of an overview of smart grid activities and projects in the member regions

Development of a set of sustainability criteria for electricity grids, based on a survey.


Defining the Remaining Potentials of Renewable Energies in the Alpine Region

Determining existing potentials for energy production in the EUSALP region.


EUSALP energy collaboration platform

Identification and joint analysis of the ongoing development of collaboration platforms and the potential harmonization of the solutions, e.g.


Network for the Promotion of local Energy Management Systems (EMS)

This platform will be set up as a policy decision-making tool to monitor, control and optimize the generation, transmission and final use of energy.


Enhance Energy Efficiency in Alpine Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

In the SME sector, there are still significant energy savings that can be realized through cost-effective measures.


EUSALP energy observatory

The EUSALP energy observatory will provide periodic and coherent energy data sharing at regional and macro-regional levels.



EUSALP Annual Forum in Trento 2022

The results of workshop organized on SHORT TIMBER SUPPLY CHAINS IN TIMES OF CLIMATE AND GEO-POLITICAL CRISES during the annual forum of Trento, last november 2022, are now available !

21 Apr 2023