The first Italian regional focus group, led by Arpa Emilia-Romagna, was organized in December 2014 in Bologna. More than 40 national and regional key stakeholders within the energy sector attended this important event.
The meeting also facilitated a effective synergies between RES H/C SPREAD and another European project, “SmartReflex” (coordinated by Ambiente Italia), which aims to increase the diffusion of smart and flexible district heating and cooling (DHC) systems, based on sharing of renewable energy sources (RES). The purpose of the meeting was not merely to make the aims of the projects known, but also to share and discuss the proposed technical solutions and reach consensus on the measures envisaged. The main theme of the meeting was the development of a positive vision of renewable energy by the year 2030 in the Emilia-Romagna region. Participants were then asked to do an advanced future projection exercise, imagining the year 2030, and to describe a positive and desirable energy situation.
Each actor involved played a role (different from their real roles) in one of the identified four groups (administrators, citizens, nonprofit entities, for-profit enterprises) describing the renewable energy situation for heating and cooling, positive aspects, available instruments/tools and success indicators. This role-playing game was used to collect and discuss the main ideas and objectives of the different stakeholders involved. In this way it was possible to create a useful dialogue among people with different expertise and experiences. A substantial convergence of ideas and goals emerged for the future of RES H/C and for more sustainable development.