Public Administrations (PA) have limited possibilities to raise policy-makers’ awareness on energy efficiency matters. Currently EE and RES related tasks are supported by consulting committees and advisory boards within municipal bodies. Appointing a team of staff members specialized in energy efficiency matters could give policy-makers a supportive framework regarding EE projects with a genuinely technical.
Based on the experience gained in GovernEE and the outcomes of training and coaching activities carried out within the project, the main tools and actions supporting the PA have been identified as follows:
• State of the art analysis regarding the municipality’s energy schemes incl.: EE of Buildings and Survey on the use of RES
• Use of information , thematic resources (from energy agencies, public institutions, the EU)
• Analysing and exploiting the results of EU or national level projects
• Involvement of civil society (setting up Internet forums on energy, public debates linked to the planning of new measures)
• National, regional funds, grants and programmes for the renovation of old buildings and RES/EE installations for heating
• Finding and matching coopering partners (Energy Manager, International models, best practice sharing)
• Training and Qualification including life-long learning and specialization programmes („all-rounder” engineers)
Developing Local Action Plans step by step
• Knowing where we are: drafting the „Baseline Review”: The first step of an EE and RES Action Plan is to identify and assess the local situation in terms of energy and greenhouse gas emissions, together with existing national (local) regulation frameworks and policies. Aspects to be covered are thus both quantitative (number & volumes of buildings, evolution of their energy consumption) and qualitative (regulation framework, energy management policy, status of implementation, awareness level).
• „Energy catalogue” and „Energy database” of buildings and equipment: A further step in data collection concerning municipal buildings is to gather accurate and comprehensive energy consumption data related to the local authorities’ buildings and equipment with the involvement of all municipal departments. The data booklet should contain identification of each building and information relative to the equipment and main energy consumption parameters.
• Developing the „Action Plan”: identifying measures and scenarios: the Covenant of Mayors’ Guidelines on „How to develop a Sustainable Energy Action Plan” nowadays represents a common and well established resource for urban areas, including buildings owned by local governments in the EU. Within GovernEE, a more specific guidance is being provided for the management of the public building stock. LAPs include proposals for actions (description of technology & savings) regarding heating plants, insulation of buildings and RES. Monitoring of LAPs is part of the action plan.
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