Emilia-Romagna Region РItalian Public Administration 

Emilia-Romagna is an Italian region located in the northeastern part of the country, with a population of 4,445,049 inhabitants. It is known for having one of the highest GDPs (Gross Domestic Products) among Italian regions and among the highest in the world.


SACE in Emilia-Romagna refers to the accreditation and energy certification system for buildings in the region. It is an initiative managed by the Emilia-Romagna Region aimed at regulating and improving the energy efficiency of buildings through energy certification, known as the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This system ensures that buildings are evaluated in terms of energy performance, promoting efficient energy use and environmental respect.

The main goals of SACE include reducing energy consumption in buildings, increasing the use of renewable energies, and generally improving the energy performance of buildings in Emilia-Romagna. The system involves the accreditation of qualified professionals for energy certification, ensuring that the evaluation of buildings’ energy performances is carried out accurately and reliably.

Pomiager has implemented the SACE system, showcasing its commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable building practices in the Emilia-Romagna region. This involvement highlights Pomiager’s role in promoting environmental sustainability and its dedication to enhancing the energy performance of buildings through the SACE initiative. There are approximately 150,000 certificates issued each year, with around 20,000 certifiers involved in the process. Additionally, there are about 20% of inspections on the certificates and certifiers based on three levels: conformity of the information, conformity of the energy performance calculations, and field visits by inspectors for the verification of the data survey process and the conformity of the data itself.


Pomiager has implemented the Criter system. CRITER (Catasto Regionale Impianti Termici Emilia-Romagna) is a regional information system in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, designed to collect and update data related to thermal systems within the region. The service is managed by the Emilia-Romagna Region and encompasses the exercise, operation, control, maintenance, and inspection of thermal plants for winter and summer air conditioning of buildings and for the preparation of hot water for sanitary uses.

Here are the key aspects of the CRITER service:

  • Regulation Compliance: CRITER ensures that all thermal installations comply with regional regulations concerning operation, maintenance, and inspections. This includes both residential and commercial buildings.
  • Data Collection and Management: The system serves as a comprehensive database for all thermal plants in the region, facilitating efficient management and oversight.
  • Quality Control and Inspection: CRITER provides a framework for the regular inspection of thermal systems, ensuring they meet specific efficiency and safety standards.
  • Maintenance and Operation Standards: By standardizing the requirements for the maintenance and operation of thermal systems, CRITER helps to improve the overall energy efficiency of buildings in Emilia-Romagna, contributing to environmental sustainability.
  • Technical Documentation: Qualified inspectors accessing the CRITER database can view, take charge of inspections to be carried out, and download and print the necessary technical documentation for the inspection process


This initiative highlights the region’s commitment to energy efficiency, environmental protection, and public health by regulating and improving the performance of thermal installations. There are approximately 4 million documents processed annually through the CRITER system and 22,000 inspectors involved in the system.


The accreditation system for the High Technology Network (HTN) in Emilia-Romagna is a regional initiative aimed at promoting innovation and technology transfer between the public research system and the local production fabric. The High Technology Network consists of laboratories, research centers, and universities that collaborate to support companies in the research and development of new technologies, products, and processes.

Objectives of the Accreditation System

  • Ensure Quality and Competence: Accreditation confirms that the HTN centers and laboratories meet high standards in terms of technical skills, research quality, and innovation capacity.
  • Encourage Collaboration: The system is designed to incentivize collaboration between companies and research centers, facilitating businesses’ access to advanced technological skills and infrastructures.
  • Support Innovation: Through accreditation, the Emilia-Romagna Region aims to support the development of innovative projects, thus contributing to the competitiveness of the local production system.

Components of the System

  • Research Laboratories: Accredited entities that offer research and development services, technological support, analysis, and advanced testing for businesses.
  • Innovation Centers: Institutes that provide technology transfer services, consultancy, and advanced training to promote the adoption of innovative technologies in SMEs.
  • Universities and Research Institutes: Integral parts of the HTN, they contribute their expertise and infrastructures to the realization of applied research projects and technological development.

Accreditation Process

The accreditation process is managed by a specific body of the Emilia-Romagna Region and involves an evaluation based on rigorous criteria, including research quality, human resources, available infrastructures, and the capacity for interaction with the industrial fabric. Only entities that pass this evaluation receive accreditation, which is subject to periodic review to ensure the maintenance of quality standards.

The accreditation procedure for the High Technology Network was developed by Pomiager, highlighting its role in enhancing the link between research and industry and promoting innovation as a driver of economic growth and sustainable development in the region.