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First CGC workshop in Austria

At the beginning of 2015, the first Austrian CGC meeting within RES H/C SPREAD project was held at the SIR (Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung und Wohnen) in Salzburg, Austria. The participants were experts from the Province of Salzburg, SIR, Austrian Energy Agency (AEA), and the Regional Association “City of Salzburg and Surroundings”, the Regional Association “Salzburg Lake District”, and Salzburg AG, the main heat supplier in the region.

Following a brief project introduction, the ongoing planning activities in the region, in particular a heat demand map for analysis of the RES-H potential, were discussed. The discussion indicated that the regional activities of RES H/C SPREAD project should be focused on cost-benefit analysis using the EnergyPLAN tool. Furthermore, a method for mapping the RES-cooling demand could be provided.

First Latvian CGC meeting

Latvia - 1st CGC meetingThe first CGC meeting was hosted by RPR (Riga Planning Region) in Riga, Latvia on 29 January 2015.

The Head of Administration of the Riga Planning Region welcomed the participants and presented the agenda and the meeting’s main objectives. Representatives from all partners confirmed their presence at the meeting, after which they briefly introduced themselves, presenting their background and organization.

The meeting started with a presentation from the Ministry of the Economy, Department of RES and Energy Efficiency, dedicated to general energy policy and the latest developments in the field of municipal energy planning.

Experience from involvement in the Covenant of Mayors was presented by Riga City Energy Agency. CGC members discussed how SEAPs could be used for energy planning.

RES H/C SPREAD project partners from Ekodoma and RPR continued with an introduction of the project: the idea, background, concept, main objectives and outputs. The planned mapping exercise, the development of a plan for the Riga region, the methodology, process, activities and stakeholder involvement were then discussed in detail. Currently, municipal energy plans are optional, but a new energy law is being developed and soon energy plans for big municipalities will be compulsory. Therefore, the Ministry of the Economy supports planned activities regarding the development of a regional plan for the Riga Planning Region. Energy supply and demand mapping examples were presented and discussed. Power point presentations of all work packages were given. All presentations from the meeting were later sent out to participants.

There were 25 participants, representing:

  • The administrative head of the region (1 person)
  • Development specialists (10 persons)
  • Municipal energy enterprises/units/energy specialists (7 persons)
  • National interests (the Ministry of the Economy) (2 persons)
  • The project team (3 persons)
  • Other energy experts (2 persons)

More information in Latvian

'RES H/C Spread' Project Launched

On 10 April 2014, the first meeting of the ‘RES H/C Spread’ project took place at ISIS, in Rome (Italy). Coordinated by ISIS, the newly launched project aims at defining regional plans for a better use of renewable energies for both heating and cooling, focusing on 6 pilot Regions across Europe: Castilla y Leon (Spain), Emilia Romagna (Italy), Riga Region (Latvia), Rodophe (Bulgaria), Western Macedonia (Greece) and Saltsburg Region (Austria). Selected Regions represent different climate zones of Europe, in view of developing best practices and methodologies as extendible as possible to other European areas.

One of the project’s first tasks will be constituting Country Governance Committees (CGCs) in each region, in order to support the plans’ implementation and to help reach consensus between regional authorities, key stakeholders and citizens representatives. Following a participatory approach, the project wants to enable dialogue of all actors involved. To this end, the project has established country’s leaders, responsible for interacting with their CGCs, managing regional RES H/C plans and disseminating the project at local level. During the kick-off meeting, each country’s leader illustrated the possible composition of its own Country Governance Committee, highlighting potential challenges as well as ways to face them. Moreover, the project has just launched a new website, providing information on the project’s goals, next steps and deliverables.

The project is currently launching a survey, inviting stakeholders in the field of energy to identify good practice examples of effective measures and strategies for the promotion of renewables heating and cooling policies in their country or elsewhere.

The completion of the questionnaire should not take more than 10 to 15 minutes of your time! All the data you provide will be treated with confidentiality and not be circulated to anybody.

Click here to take the survey