The RES H/C SPREAD project is aimed at developing six pilot regional plans for heating and cooling from renewable energy that could further support the planning efforts of other regions.
It involves six regions – Castilla y Leon (Spain), Emilia Romagna (Italy), Riga (Latvia), Rhodope (Bulgaria), Western Macedonia (Greece) and Salzburg (Austria) – representing the main EU climatic zones, most of which are in the Mediterranean.
Special attention has been devoted to improving participatory governance, enabling the cooperation of local, regional and national stakeholders. To this end, each region has established its own country governance committee to support the development and implementation of the plans.
In addition to these plans, the project is developing guidelines and tools to support other EU regions in their RES H/C planning.
In order to better meet the project’s objectives, procedures have been set out to identify and highlight the links between the fundamental steps in planning.
The clickable image below shows the planning procedures scheme:
Click on “Cost-Benefit Analysis”, “Country Governance Committee”, “Mapping” or “Regional Plan” to get more information on these topics.
The cyclic structure of the diagram illustrates that, even if the starting point of the planning procedure is the data collection phase, each step is both influenced by the previous one and determines the next.
Specifically, a strategy and targets determine what data is needed and initiate the data collection procedure for the creation of RES H/C’s supply and demand maps. Next, the cost-benefit analysis process evaluates the feasibility of alternative interventions (e.g. the introduction of different RES H/C technological options), which in turn affect the identification of a strategy and targets.
Finally, the participation of the Country Governance Committees during each of these steps is essential for the success of the process and ensures the involvement of policy makers and stakeholders.