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Home Our News GovernEE Turns Up the Heat on Successful Energy Management

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)

 
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