Good Governance, Intelligent Monitoring, Renewables: Energy monitoring and governance was in the heart of the EU - Central European (CE) Programme GovernEE’s project partnership meeting in Prague. The 4th Transnational Workshop organized on 11-13 September looked into the after-project opportunities and present the conclusions of GovernEE’s external experts report on the project’s advancement, allowing an overview of the latest project outputs, results and their future use.
Prague, 13th September 2012 – Before the release of the final project outputs, the cross-sectoral Strategic Toolkit and the ensuing Policy recommendations for good governance in energy efficiency (EE), GovernEE is now entering the final phase of preparation of the pilot actions which will be tested by partners in the following period.
Each pilot has been defined as to highly contribute to the goals of the project and the CE Programme to make sure that good governance in energy efficiency will be fully implemented in the public sphere. Local tests will be driven by partners for intelligent energy monitoring (ICT measurements), efficient use of RES in heating historic buildings by testing photovoltaic panels & insulation to boost EE in public historic buildings and also training & coaching to strengthen the public sphere’s responsibility and improve local decision-makers’ competence. Pilots’ ’transnational added value shall be useful for both project partners and external stakeholders throughout entire CE region where similar problems are dealt with at a macro regional level.
GovernEE’s conference also hosted presentations of main project findings such as the guidelines and benchmarks for feasibility studies related to EE and the use of renewables (RES) for effective tendering related to public heating, monitoring system and financial evaluation framework to assess and evaluate energy efficiency programs related to public heating and ex-ante analysis of energy efficiency in public buildings of partner cities. Also on the agenda, a summary of an international survey on innovative alternative energy sources in district heating (DH) presented by its author, the Italian partner institute, CETA. Functioning as a heat energy broker, DHC collects wasted or unused local heat and fuel sources from CHP plants, industrial processes and to moderate heat production in efficient and balanced way. DHC systems allow RES to penetrate the heating market and electricity sectors and would be an excellent resource for the public building sector.
Designing and implementing a sustainable energy policy is a challenging and time-demanding process that has to be systematically planned and continuously managed. GovernEE’s Italian municipal partner the city of Bologna has prepared comprehensive guidelines for a Energy Efficiency Action Plan that was shared with the partners. The Action Plan highlights the collaboration and coordination process among various departments in the local administration and identifies the challenges of a successful implementation laying on an integrated approach.
The structure and the functioning of the GovernEE knowledge network and the competence centre, working under the responsibility of CERE institute from Vienna was also debated by partners upon specific guidelines for the incorporation of energy awareness into municipal policies suggested by CERE, the knowledge institute from Vienna
Last Updated (Friday, 14 September 2012 22:02)
Low energy buildings with high CO2 saving potential still have a limited market uptake. This is one of the reasons why the Commission plans to focus strongly on the construction sector. On the occasion of the annual congress of the European Construction Industry Federation FIEC in Istanbul, the European Commission Vice-President Tajani presented today the main lines of a strategy to boost the competitiveness of the construction sector which will be presented after the summer. The proposed actions will include: 1) stimulating favourable investment conditions, in particular in the renovation and maintenance of buildings and infrastructures, by promoting financial instruments such as loan guarantees and project bonds as well as encouraging incentives at national level such as reduced VAT rates; 2) boosting innovation and improving worker's qualifications by promoting mobility and the circulation of information on curricula, employment market and employer's needs; 3) improving resource efficiency and environmental performance, promoting mutual recognition of sustainable construction systems in the EU; 4) providing standard design codes of practice to construction companies making it easier for them to work in other Member States; 5) fostering the global position of European construction enterprises to stimulate good performances and sustainable standards in third countries.
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On 24 May, 2012 the first Energy Day within the Central Europe project GovernEE took place in the District Burgenlandkreis, Germany.
The efficient use of energy against the background of constantly increasing energy costs is of crucial importance for the District with its 38 administrative and school buildings, gyms and residential homes. With the European 2020 strategy and the energy roadmap 2050 the European Union attaches great importance to energy efficiency, especially in buildings.
This applies to the Public Sector in particular. The GovernEE project provides for the District a possibility, contributing to the improvement of the energy efficiency of the buildings, in close cooperation with the associated towns Naumburg, Weißenfels and Zeitz.
Last Updated (Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:38)