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Activities & Results

Below is an overview of main project activities and available results:

Survey on data sharing practices

Local authorities, energy utilities and Covenant Coordinators & Supporters from different European countries will be invited to participate in an on-line survey and share their actual experience on energy data sharing, with a specific focus on the preparation of Baseline Emission Inventories (BEI) and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP). They will be asked to share existing good practices in the field of energy data collection and sharing, as well as problems, limits and barriers faced.

To access the survey, click here.

Analysis of EU and national legal frameworks

Access to good quality energy data strongly depends on the legal frameworks regulating energy sector, competition policy and consumer policy. Therefore, one of the first task of the MESHARTILITY project partners is to analyse the EU and national legal frameworks that influence the collection and sharing of energy data. The analysis will help to identify “data challenges and barriers” at European and national level (12 project countries) and to propose solutions for overcoming these barriers.

Report from the analysis of legal frameworks on data sharing will be released by January 2013!

EU and national roundtables

Key stakeholders, including energy utilities and local authorities from 12 project countries, will be invited to take part in a series of roundtables in order to share their expertise on energy data collection and sharing and to support improving of the EU and national frameworks influencing this process. 2 EU roundtables and several national/regional roundtables are planned, with at least 15 participants each.

The first roundtables will be organized in Spring 2013.

Signing of local cooperation agreements

One of the main results of the 1st national roundtables series will be a draft of local cooperation agreements on data sharing that will be signed between local authorities and energy utilities, as well as with other stakeholders capable of providing energy data (building associations, ESCOs etc.). The agreements will help to generate a win-win situation in the overall LA-utility relationship and to develop Sustainable Energy Action Plans based on real data in 74 municipalities from 12 project countries.

Development of a framework and a guidance booklet for the production of community data at the municipality level

The booklet will offer practical guidance to local authorities on addressing data challenges. It will be specifically designed for municipal technical staff and consultants engaged in the preparation of a local Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI) and a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP). The booklet will among others:

  • describe the data requirements (What kind of data are necessary to prepare a good quality BEI and SEAP?);
  • suggest research strategies and potential partners for the development of community data necessary for successful sustainable energy planning;
  • summarise typical data challenges for Local Authorities in Europe and recommend ways to deal with these challenges;
  • provide a list of places where national / regional data is available.

The booklet will include sections for each of the project countries in order to provide tailor-made support for municipalities operating in different national frameworks.

Development of SEAPs

72 Selected municipalities from different countries will be supported in the development of their Baseline Emission Inventories (BEI) and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP) - based on reliable bottom-up data. Ideally, these will be developed in cooperation with the energy utilities operating in the territories of the respective municipalities.

Implementation of at least 144 actions envisaged in local SEAPs

Within the 1st year after the finalization of the SEAP each of the 72 municipalities will select and implement at least 2 actions envisaged in its Plan. The actions will lead to CO2 reduction, energy savings and the use of renewable energy sources, as well as they will mobilize new investments and create new jobs. The project partners will support the preparation of these actions by identifying appropriate financing sources and, if necessary, by developing investment plans.

Summary of each of the actions implemented will be published in “BEST PRACTICES” section in order to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for other European local authorities.

Making project results widely available and increasing the number of CoM signatories

In order to give project activities and results high visibility, to share knowledge gained during its realization and to increase the number of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) signatories project partners will implement a series of communication and dissemination activities. They will use such communication tools as: project website, project leaflet, project e-newsletter, presentations during different European and national events, organization of local Energy Days etc.

The MESHARTILITY project partners will also network with other IEE projects in order to create synergies with their activities.

 

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