Supporting PUBlic Authorities for
Implementing Energy Efficiency Policies
PUBLEnEf newsletter No. 6, January 2019
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FINAL CONFERENCE OF THE PUBLENEF PROJECT – Parameters for successful energy efficiency policy implementation
In the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities, the final conference of the PUBLENEF project took place in Brussels on the 10th of October 2018. The event was divided into 2 sessions. The first session “From European Union targets to effective policies – the road so far and the challenges ahead” was focused on European energy efficiency legislation and supporting policies. Local and regional authorities shared their own experience from designing and implementing energy efficiency strategies.
The policy recommendations arising from the PUBLENEF project were presented to the participants and an interactive panel discussion explored the challenges ahead and their potential solutions.
During the second session, “Energy Efficiency projects and programmes from the local and regional perspective”, project partners presented their main findings and practical results from the energy efficiency policy roadmaps. Project developers from across Europe shared their experience in stimulating investments in their territories. Financing schemes, replication of successful policies and citizen involvement were the operative words.
„FOCUS ON THE SCALE-UP OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS”
In the 2nd policy brief, energy efficiency experts share their insight on the conditions and main drivers to consider when attempting to up-scale energy efficiency projects. The roadmap leaders from Ireland (Tipperary Energy Agency) and Austria (OÖ Energiesparverband) explain how they managed to unlock sustainable energy investments at local and regional level by up-scaling small projects into larger programmes supporting energy efficiency investments.
The document answers the question what is the role of the monitoring and verification tools in achieving the national energy efficiency targets. Project partners present examples of actions supporting specific monitoring and verification solutions implemented in Croatia and Italy through PUBLEnEf roadmaps. They describe the needs their roadmaps answer, barriers they faced during roadmaps implementation, the way their actions support local strategy, the possibilities of further replication and the main lessons learnt from their roadmaps. The policy brief introduces also energy efficiency tools related to monitoring and verification gathered within project PUBLEnEf and uploaded on PUBLEnEf-toolbox
In addition to other PUBLEnEf project deliverables which focused on summarizing the collected materials on different energy efficiency tools or presenting them in relation to the roadmaps developed through PUBLEnEf project, a series of EE policy-oriented flyers was also produced.
The idea was to present some of the EE tools in a concise and practical format, outlining their application in relation to the EE policy.
There are 12 flyers presenting up to 6 tools according to different articles of the EED. This format was chosen to facilitate the use of extensive data available from the PUBLEnEf Tool Inventory and to promote replication and capacity building.
SYNERGY OF PUBLENEF WITH OTHER ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS
The EDI-Net (Energy Data Innovation Network) initiative analyses and communicates sub-hourly electricity, gas and water meter data to identify waste and savings opportunities, reduce consumption and save money. The initiative is aimed at public authorities’ decision makers, energy managers and building users.
A data analysis platform is providing a real-time overview of current consumption data in public buildings. The so-called dashboard is suitable for both beginners and professional users. The use of smileys helps building users immediately understand where energy, water or gas consumption is particularly high while detailed data sets help professionals improve the municipal energy controlling. The aim is to support public authorities with intelligent energy and water meter data so that they can act quickly and decisively.
Schools in Leicester, UK have been using the EDI-net approach as a way of understanding and monitoring their energy use in a quick and easy format. The smiley faces have been an outstanding way to engage the whole school community (even including the 3 year olds!). The schools have become very competitive to appear in the top 10 of the league tables which has meant lots of positive behaviour change taking place. Many of these schools are working towards their Eco-Schools Green Flag Award and the EDI-net dashboard has been a really useful tool for the monitoring and evaluating step for their energy topic. The tools have also been used in their communication by putting their smiley faces and data on their newsletters, noticeboards and social media accounts.
Learn more about other Horizon projects Publenef interacts with HERE
FINAL PROJECT REPORT
Departing from the transposition and implementation process of the European Union Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), the role of the multilevel governance is of utmost importance, as all policy layers (national, regional and local) contribute to the overall energy saving target of each MS.
To support this process, a key message to local and regional authorities is that once their MS transpose the EED fully, it will be their task to ensure that national legislators implement it.
Regions and cities should thus design their sustainable energy strategies (through supporting mechanisms such as the Covenant of Mayors), provide the required means for attracting investments to finance their strategies, scale up efforts, implement policies to achieve their targets, and monitor and verify the policy outcomes. Action at local level is thus essential. The EU, national governments, cities, regions, industry and citizens must work together and follow a shared roadmap and mutually supportive policies to accelerate action in the short and long term.
In this respect, the full title of PUBLEnEf was “Supporting Public Authorities for Implementing Energy Efficiency Policies”, and that is exactly what has been accomplished during the project lifetime (2016 – 2019).
PUBLENnEf partners have engaged with policymakers at MS, regional, and local levels across the EU related to energy efficiency to provide them with credible information, insights, and tools, in order to make the policy processes more efficient and effective and to improve the overall quality of decision-making and policy implementation.
JIN coordinates the PUBLENEF project, and collaborates with 12 partner organisations:
JIN Climate and Sustainability Groningen, Netherlands
Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) Pikermi, Greece
Polish National Energy Conservation Agency (KAPE) Warsaw, Poland
Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) Madrid, Spain
Centre for Monitoring Business Activities in the Energy Sector and Investments (CEI) Zagreb, Croatia
ABEA - Association of Bulgarian Energy Agencies Plovdiv, Bulgaria
OÖ ESV - OÖ Energiesparverband Linz, Austria
Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy, and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) Rome, Italy
European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment (FEDARENE) Brussels, Belgium
Energy Cities Besançon, France
Tipperary Energy Agency (TEA) Tipperary, Ireland
ARENE - Île-de-France Paris, France
Local Energy Agency Bucharest (AEEPM) Bucharest, Romania
This project has received funding from the European Union’s
Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 695923
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