IRE is a joint-stock company established in 2014 by Italy’s Liguria Region as a result of the merger of three regional companies dealing respectively with infrastructure development, building and urban renovation and energy. Aim of the company according to the regional Law nr. 6/2011 is urban and infrastructure development in the Region and the implementation of energy policies. Tasks of the company are feasibility studies, tendering procedures, public works management, energy planning support to local public entities, implementation of energy innovation projects, elaboration of urban regeneration projects and their management, social housing retrofitting, support to the Region in the management of the ERDF related calls and EU funds research.
IRE has over 30 employees with skills and experience in the engineering, architecture, energy and public procurement sectors. The company is divided into three business units: infrastructure development and building renovation, energy, administrative.
The Infrastructure development and building renovation unit supports the regional authority and other local administrations in the following activities: planning and realization of complex healthcare infrastructures, such as the new hospital of the city of La Spezia; development of road infrastructures and preparation of feasibility studies and projects according to the Region’s strategic plan, such as the planning of new roads and biking paths and the reactivation/improvement of road access in areas subject to hydro-geological risks; writing of urban regeneration and renewal plans; planning and management of interventions in urban centres such as requalification, regeneration and restoration actions.
The Energy unit supports the regional authority and other local administrations in the elaboration and implementation of energy plans and technologies, also promoting the local acquisition of laws. It manages the energy data within the regional information system, runs a consortium to buy electricity on the free market, develops business plans for RES plants and offers training and information. It is in charge of the elaboration of the regional regulation for the energy certification of buildings and has developed the related regional specific software. It has set up a monitoring and control structure for energy and infrastructure projects for all the hospitals of Liguria.
The Administrative unit deals with all the administrative, economic and financial aspects of IRE’s work, managing tendering procedures as well as the public procurement process and working as a central purchasing body for the Region.
IRE is also working hard at an international level, taking part in many EU projects such as the Horizon PDA project “Enershift” focusing on the energy retrofitting of social housing buildings in Liguria Region; the H2020 “Unalab” project on the deployment of nature-based solutions for water management in urban contexts; the CLIMATE-KIC project “SUSHI” on the development of sustainable historic districts in six Mediterranean cities; and many others. It also developedthe EIB-ELENA investment programmes “Prosper” and “Genius”, respectively for the Province of Savona and the Metropolitan City of Genova. Here you can find the full list of EU projects.
IRE is member and vice-president of FEDARENE (European network of energy agencies), member of RENAEL (national network of energy agencies) and is also affiliated to EIT CLIMATE-KIC, the EU‘s main climate innovation initiative.It is also founding member of the Genoa Smart City Association, which promotes the take up of smart technologies in the city of Genoa.