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Home Our News Knowledge Transmission & Handful Toolkit Serves Good Governance and Green Energy-based Future

A few months before the project’s closure and final conference, GovernEE project partners ultimate gathering in the Austrian Capital, Vienna, is dedicated to overview the strategic advancements made by the project, finding the best practices and tools for greening energy management of Central European-based public building stock. Partners present and discuss some of the final project outputs, such as the Transnational Feasibility Study and the Strategic Toolkit, preparing the terrain to the final event to be held in June 2013 in the Hungarian city of Hódmezővásárhely.

Vienna, 19th March 2013 – As a key point on its two-day long 6th Partner Working Group meeting and 5th Transnational Workshop agenda, the Transnational Feasibility Study to be presented by the Italian knowledge partner institute CETA (Bologna) on the possibilities of Energy Efficiency (EE) and the efficient exploitation of renewable energy sources (RES) in the heating system of public historic buildings, investigates into technological, financial, environmental, institutional aspects and solutions.

 

 

Historic buildings generally waste large amounts of energy mainly in terms of heating because of old materials and structure allowing dispersion outside. The study’s findings are correlated to the results of GovernEE partners’ pilots realised in the city of Bologna (Italy) and Quedlinburg (Germany) and to the best practices & guidelines for the elaboration of local energetic plans. As a core output of the GovernEE project, the study’s tangible results will be fed into the overall Strategic Toolkit. Case studies, developed in the ambit of the GovernEE project such as the new thermal insulation of the remarkable Palazzo D’Accursio in Bologna and the integration of nearly invisible photovoltaic panels on Quedlinburg’s historic townhouses’ roofs illustrates how GovernEE might help for considering similar renovation works and indicate limitations, specific issues and results that might be obtained by carrying out such projects.

The Municipality of Bologna, responsible for the development of GovernEE’s Integrated Transnational & Cross-Sectoral Strategic Toolkit and for setting up a Knowledge Network as a guarantee to the sustainability of the project, presents the status of its works carried out so far. The works involve administrative, legal and financial elements of cross-sectoral policy-making and offer practical guidelines and policy recommendations. The toolkit compiles project benchmarks and outputs and encompasses administrative, legal, financial aspects of a cross-sectoral regulation as a basis of good governance. The Toolkit is developed along a succession of 10 steps ranking from organizational aspects of the offices and operating tools for auditing, towards monitoring and contracts. In addition to the toolkit, the partnership discusses related policy recommendations.

Solutions on how to improve local decision-makers’ competence is answered by Burgenlandkreis (Germany) in a presentation on the findings of its intermediary pilot assessment report on the evaluation of the trainings partners have carried out. According to the report, the volume and content of trainings shall be adjusted to the demand of the 3 selected participating groups: facility managers, administrative staff and decision-makers. Partners have carried out the workshops with the support of a comprehensive training material.

Public administrations have limited possibilities in order to sensitize policy-makers regarding EE measures. Existing platforms consist in expert committees and specialized boards advising local governments’ legislative bodies. GovernEE’s German partner presents the partnership in what measure the Guidelines on the incorporation of energy awareness into policies of municipal institutions, (also followed by the presentation of Local EE Action Plans by Bologna) can be an interesting tool to the interest of local governments. Indeed, policy makers show increasing attention to EE matters which could be monitored and managed upon annual iterative “Energy reports” giving an overview of the public real estate’s energy consumption & costs. Reports shall specify selected local/regional projects aiming to contribute to EE targets, be listed as a good practice, and be communicated towards citizens and companies and further policy-makers.

Together with its partner city Quedlinburg, Bologna has carried out an analysis on the efficient use of renewable energy sources (RES) in heating of historic buildings. GovernEE partners debate on the status of the pilot, experiences learned and the Local Energetic Plan developed by the municipalities, including a presentation of the intermediary pilot assessment report.

An ICT cluster meeting & ensuing training also takes place by the project’s Lead Partner, the Municipality of Hódmezővásárhely, Burgenlandkreis, the city of Prague (Czech Republic) and today’s meeting’s host, the Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency & Environment – the CERE institute. Representatives of Hódmezővásárhely will also present the pilot on ICT energy monitoring system led by the project’s Lead Partner. The “ECC” energy management information system is able to deliver continuous and up-to-date information to owners about the buildings’ energy consumption. ECC controls and analyses the energy consumption of the institution. Thanks to the analysis, the energy consumption expenses can be lowered by 10-15% without any building’s infrastructure renewal. The service works for the collection, analyses, upload of the energy data, the installation of wireless consumption meter equipments and a system operation including maintenance. GovernEE partners found that 3 monthly reports shall condition the ECC system set up with the aim of pointing out specific sites/installations where further saving opportunities may occur providing also for the solutions.

GovernEE partners exchanged their experiences gained from local focus group’s (LFG) meetings and their outcomes and discussed further usability of oCC Knowledge Network (http://occ.governee.cere.net/).

Last Updated (Tuesday, 19 March 2013 18:14)

 
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This project is implemented through the Central Europe Programme co-financed by the ERDF.