ELIH-Med: Energy proficiency in housing for low-income households in the Mediterranean area

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The project ELIH-Med aims at identifying and implementing on a wide scale profitable solutions and related funding procedures (public or private) in order to entice operators to invest in Energy proficiency in social housing or housing for fuel poor households.

Project duration: 2011 – 2015

Co-funding project: Interreg MED


The project has established an operating plan regarding the coordination of European financial instruments, as part of the 2014-2020 Mediterranean macro regional strategy.


In keeping with the UE 2020 Strategy’s goals, the ELIH-Med project promotes energy proficiency in housing for low-income households in the Mediterranean area.


The project’s main targets are renters, low-income homeowners or fuel poor households - about 40 % of the population in total. Innovative financial and technical approaches are required to cut down their energy consumption and related expenses.


Here are the main results of the project:

  • An operating plan in favour of energy efficiency in housing for low-income households in the Mediterranean area;
  • An analysis of the relevant financial procedures and technical solutions regarding energy-related renovation works in this type of housing, in the targeted area;
  • A betterment of energy proficiency in 420 representative accommodations;
  • Lower energy bills thanks to an intelligent system of electric meters.

To know more on this project:


Documents to download:

Policy paper



Partners : National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (Italy), City of Malaga (Spain), Institute for the Promotion of Technological Innovation (Italy), Resource et Renewable Energy Centre (Greece), Malta Agency for Intelligent Energy Management (Malta), Cyprian Energy Agency, Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), Laore Sardegna (Italy), Institut Valencien de la Construction (Spain), City of Genova (Italy), CSTB (France), Conseil Régional du Languedoc-Roussillon (France), GERES (France), Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Region (Greece), City of Frattamaggiore (Italy), Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d’Europe (France).