Sustainable Public Real Estate Management (SPREM) is virtually non-existent in Flanders (BE). SPREM can be defined as the management – i.e. the acquisition, holding, using and disposing – of real estate assets in such a way as to achieve ambitious sustainability goals, minimize the total costs of ownership and life cycle costs, and maximize the benefits of real estate for the community.

The absence of SPREM is a major barrier to large-scale sustainable energy investments in public buildings in the short, medium and long term in Flanders. This barrier has consistently been identified by both SURE2050 consortium partners supporting public clients with energy efficiency services and municipalities themselves, including the more than 95 municipalities that signaled their strong interest in SURE2050 in a Letter of Support.

SURE2050 will remove this barrier by providing SPREM training, as well as SPREM tools and coaching to municipalities and regional government organizations in Flanders. SPREM will generate critical information for strategic decision making, such as reliable quantitative and qualitative data on buildings, energy renovation potential and the use of resources. Thanks to the long-term SPREM vision, shorter-term energy efficiency investments can be made without triggering any lock-in effects for the future. A broad consortium of public and private partners has been created to maximize the involvement of these public organizations in the programme, and to support them with both the implementation of SPREM in their organization and concrete sustainable investment projects with a minimum value of €20 million.

The absence of SPREM is not limited to public organizations in Flanders: the proposed SURE2050 project will also have a high added value for most public entities in Europe. SURE2050 will therefore offer a high replication potential at European level, via organizations such as the Covenant of Mayors office.