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Integrated and Multi-level Energy models for the Alpine Space

T3 Overview

T3 will create a toolset for multilayer, horizontal and transversal low carbon energy planning and make it available on the IMEAS Community web Platform. It will turn results of T1 and T2 into practical guidance for planners and decision makers on all governance levels aiming to link energy plans vertically to other governance levels, horizontally to other authorities and transversally to other sectors such as real estate or mobility. After tests in T4, tools and guidelines will be amended.

Guideline: Managing energy and climate data in horizontally and vertically (MLG) integrated low carbon models

This document provides insights and recommendations on how to access and manage data for energy and
climate accounting in horizontally and vertically integrated models. It is complementary to D.T3.3.3
focusing on Baseline Emissions Inventories, and addresses topics that are key for implementing integrated
approaches such as data collection, data management and data dissemination. The document also provides
insights about data mining so as to assist planning experts in the selection of the appropriate
methodologies and tools.
 
The main purpose of the guideline is to help:
- define basic and advanced sets of data that can be used for energy and climate accounting/planning at local (municipal and regional) level with a transnational validity in the Alpine Space Area.
- enhance the capacity of Public Administrations to look for the data available from various data sources at EU, National, Regional and Local levels as well as in different silos and to integrate and disseminate them in a consistent way
- provide examples and recommendations of collaboration models in data sharing
 
The entire document is available below.
 
 

Tool: Horizontal and vertical consolidation of consumption data

The IMEAS Horizontal and vertical consolidation of consumption data tool provides municipality-based data on energy consumption and production focussing on the share of renewable energy. It automatically integrates indicators and data on horizontal, vertical and/or transversal base and makes them available for other applications. The uniform tool provides a benchmark for comparing the data with the next upper level region or other (neighbouring) municipalities. The tool also enables benchmarking municipalities and regions in the Alpine Space and thus to compare their energy and climate inventory.

Guideline: Comprehensive planning and implementation of sustainable energy and environmental policies (D.T3.3.1)

The guideline describes methods such as SEAP / SECAP and complex approaches like Integrated Climate Concepts or 100 % Cities. It points to means of integrating energy topics in standard municipal and regional planning and linking them horizontally.
 
The document is available below.

Guideline: Practical Advice on how to Involve Local Stakeholders in Energy and Climate Planning and Setting up a Regional Energy Team (D.T3.3.2)

The general aim of energy and climate planning is to initiate transitional changes within specific subsectors.
This change comes as a result of an interaction of different organisations from the political level, civil
society, business, and other actors pursuing a common goal. A key factor for the successful implementation
of measures deriving from energy and climate planning is to bring the right stakeholders with the necessary
resources together and to manage this complex cooperation system in the most effective way.
 
This guideline addresses decision-makers in municipalities responsible for energy and climate planning and
implementation. It carefully examines one crucial aspect of stakeholder involvement, namely analysing the stakeholders’ landscape and mapping them according to their institutional belonging based on the example of the Integrated Climate Mitigation Concept of the city of Neustadt an der Weinstraße. The methodology of this practical approach provided a concept contributing to the elaboration of the IMEAS Stakeholders’ Network Model (ISNM) in D.T.2.3.2. The intervening networking needs and limitations impacting the stakeholders’ involvements are described in detail in D.T2.2.1. The general process of how to organize stakeholder involvement is analysed step-by-step in D.T3.3.4: Integrating SEAPs / SECAPs with energy plans on higher governance levels and thus only briefly outlined here.
 
You can find the document below.

Guideline: Baseline Emission Inventories (BEI) as a means to assess current status and potential CO2 reduction

A Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI) is a quantification of the amount of CO2 emitted due to energy
consumption in a specified territory within a given period of time – the EU recommends base year being
1990, but can be chosen individually, too. It allows identifying the principal sources of CO2 emissions and
their respective reduction potentials.
 
Energy consumption and CO2 emissions are dependent on many factors: economic structure, level of economic activity, number of inhabitants, population density, characteristics of the building stock, usage and level of development of the various transport modes, citizens’ behaviour, climate, etc. Elaborating a BEI is of critical importance. This is because the inventory will be the instrument allowing the local authority to measure the impact of its actions related to climate change. The BEI will show where the local authority was at the beginning, and the successive monitoring emission inventories will show the progress towards the objective. Emission inventories are very important elements to maintain the motivation of all parties willing to contribute to the local authority’s CO2 reduction objective, allowing them to see the results of their efforts. Further, BEI is argumentation aid for local decision makers in order to persuade other decision makers and stakeholders for initiating projects and measures.
 
The document is available below as well as examples of questionnaires for data collection process.

Guideline and tool: Integrating SEAPs / SECAPs with energy plans on higher governance levels

This deliverable tackles the vertical integration and joint collaboration in sustainable energy and climate
change planning between public authorities.With an increase in the number of approaches involving different levels of government, the problem of overall coherence arose:
 
- How do local initiatives contribute to regional and national objectives?
- How to take into account the needs of local authorities when creating Regional or National Energy plans?
- How to ensure equal distribution of resources?
- How to communicate a consistent message to all stakeholders?
 
This deliverable capitalizes on the results of other EU projects focusing on sustainable energy planning and
collaboration models in energy planning between public authorities such as: Coopenergy/IEE,
SEAP_Alps/AS, PEACE_Alps/AS, SEAP+/IEE, DATA4ACTION/IEE, ClimactRegions/IVC.
 
The entire document is available below.

Guideline: The real low carbon model: energy Efficiency in all parts of living OR How to trigger change towards a low carbon society

The guideline will help municipalities and regions to broaden the knowledge on “grey energy”, meaning the total energy consumed for the extraction of materials, cultivation, manufacturing, packaging and transportation, usage and recycling or disposal of goods. The guideline provides detailed steps for assessing the own carbon footprint and for co-creation of low-carbon measures together with citizens. Best practice examples demonstrate potentials to reduce the carbon footprint by offering goods and services that consume less energy. Additionally, the guideline shows how to raise awareness and how to start support actions including citizens and business. The Action Plan
provides a basis for directly initiating your own CO2 reduction measures.

Guideline: Integrating Municipal and Stakeholder Approaches for Sustainable Mobility

The guideline develops models for integrating the lower level (citizens, companies, volunteers/voluntary organisations, associations) with the next higher level (municipalities) in energy and climate planning in mobility. It also offers guidance for stakeholders on how to communicate the model among employees, citizens and networks in order for the sustainable mobility concept to take a firm foothold in society.

Guideline: Implementing innovative solutions for sustainable energy systems

This Guideline gives an overview of technologies and applications that can play a key role in the lowcarbon
transition and the developement of future Smart Energy Systems, including Sector Coupling, Energy Storage and Blockchain. The document is aimed to address readers with different levels of expertise and interest and includes summaries and full documents on each topic.
 
 
Sector Coupling is a process that uses excess renewable electricity in another sector with respect to power one. This approach allows integrating different sectors in order to exploit synergies among them; electricity can be used to produce heat (Power-to-Heat) by heat pumps, to produce hydrogen or methane (Power-to-Gas) for vehicles (Power-to-Mobility) or to produce chemical compounds in industrial processes (Power-to-Industry). Another important topics described are Energy Storage, which is the operation based on the capture of energy in order to use it when it is needed at a later time, and Blockchain, a virtual ledger that allows to have infinity of transactions in the energy market, avoiding the centralized and expensive settlement.
 
The document is intended to be a living document, because it is periodically edited and updated, adding more details about the technologies, including new technologies or extending the tables of references.
 
The entire document is awailable below.

Guideline: Setting up a Regional Energy Agency 

This guideline describes possible ways and strategies for the establishment of a Regional Energy Agency
(REA). Examples are given to describe possible working fields. It is explained how actors and already
existing initiatives can be integrated into the foundation process and the activities of the REA. The
document is mainly based on the experiences of the Energy and Environmental Centre Allgäu.
Recommendations are given for a legal form to be strived for and for funding possibilities as well as
exemplary economic planning. Finally, information is given on financing, composition of shareholders,
chairmanship and staffing.
 
Local and Regional Energy Agencies (REA) are major catalysts of the Covenant of Mayors growth and promotion. The technical expertise of Local and Regional Energy Agencies is often crucial to ensure the delivery of good quality SEAPs and their implementation. Local and Regional Energy agencies, mainly supported by public authorities, advise local authorities for the implementation of their sustainable energy policies, and often provide as well technical assistance in the design of energy projects and the dissemination of information. These agencies support local development by acting as an intermediary between the local/regional authority and local/regional stakeholders of the energy market.
 
Document is available below.

Guideline: Linking Energy Organizations for Vertical and Horizontal Integration 

Energy organizations are situated in the heart of conflict issuing integrated energy planning and
appropriate means to take action. Though, energy organizations mainly exert influence on the municipal or
the district energy policy, there also exist strategies allowing energy organizations to have an effect at higher
governance levels. To lobby for low carbon energy strategies and integrated energy planning at the state,
national, or even EU-level, two types of strategies are available to vertically and horizontally integrate energy
organizations:
• bottom-up approach: means and activities taken by energy organizations themselves
• top-down approach: means provided by the public authority
 
This guideline will describe how to institutionalize vertical and horizontal intergration of Energy organizations (agencies, associtation, institutes, and the like) at the local, district, regional, state, national, and European level.
 
You can find the guideline below: