The European Union aims to become carbon-neutral by 2050. In order to provide stakeholders in the Alpine region with reliable energy data for their planning, the CERVINO team has been working since September 2022 on a new data survey as well as on a platform on which energy data can be presented and accessed in the future. On 24.11.2022, the CERVINO team met live for the first time in Bolzano, including partners from Italy (IRE and EURAC), France (AURA-EE), Slovenia (KSSENA), and Germany (Energiewende Oberland).
The first topic at the meeting dealt with the new data survey. A survey has already taken place twice and is now to be revised and adapted. To this end, CERVINO partner EURAC presented an analysis of the previous surveys, which also included the assessment of stakeholders: How many participants from which regions had responded, how extensive was the questionnaire and which topics were examined? And looking ahead, the focus was on possible new topics and issues such as the flow of energy between regions or energy consumption through e-mobility. The new survey will be created in collaboration with members from EUSALP’s Action Group 9 – a group of around 40 states, regions and experts that shall “make the Alpine region a model region for energy efficiency and renewable energy” – and is scheduled to take place from April 2023.
In addition to the energy data survey, the team is also working on a new data platform: CERVINO – the Alpine Energy Data Platform. In the future, energy data from the Alpine region will be visualised and accessible here. As project partner AURA-EE presented, the platform is based on an already existing data platform, TerriSTORY, which presents energy data from regions in France. In the new version for the Alpine Space, aggregated representations of the regions shall be depicted as well as comparisons between two or more regions. At the beginning of 2023, a first version with – in a first phase – fictitious data will be available so that at a workshop stakeholders can already get to know its possibilities.
In a third part of the meeting, the team discussed CERVINO’s communication strategy. Which stakeholders is the project aimed at centrally, which channels should be used for communication and what support in their communication activities do the partners need? Together, the team adopted Energiewende Oberland’s strategy and produced a first “living” presentation of the project: a short video in which the partners provide information on the goals and implementation of the energy data survey and data platform for the Alpine region.