IRE is a joint-stock company that was established in 2014 by Liguria Region to merge three regional companies dealing with infrastructure development, building and urban renovation, energy respectively. IRE is held for 79% by FI.L.S.E. S.p.A. (Ligurian financial institution for economic development), over 13% by the regional social housing bodies (ARTE), and the rest is owned by the University of Genoa, by the Chamber of Commerce of Genoa, by 17 municipalities (Genoa, Savona and La Spezia are in) and 3 Provinces. Aim of the company, according to the regional Law nr. 6/2011, is urban and infrastructures development in the Region and the implementation of energy policies. Tools of the company are feasibility studies, tendering procedures, public works management, energy planning support to public entities (region and municipalities), implementation of energy innovation projects, elaboration of urban regeneration projects and their management, social housing retrofitting, EU funds research. IRE is member of FEDARENE (European network of energy agencies) as well as of RENAEL, the national network of energy agencies. IRE spa has over 30 employees with technical skills and experience in technical design and planning, public procurement, management, communication, training.
Activities of the company with respect to “smart city” topics
The energy division of IRE works for the promotion of energy saving policies, the exploitation of renewable energy sources and the rational use of energy within Liguria, Italy. It supports the regional authority and other local administrations in the elaboration and implementation of energy plans (e.g. Covenant of Mayors SEAPs, energy balances, energy audits) and technologies with a “smart” features. IRE elaborated the Covenant of Mayors SEAP for the city of Genoa and is partner of the FP7 Smart Cities project “TRANSFORM”. IRE promotes the integration of energy planning into strategic municipal planning documents as well as technological and financial innovation.