Integrated and Multi-level Energy models for the Alpine Space

T1 Overview: Main tools for IMEAS Groundwork

The main objective of the first work package in IMEAS (T1) was to set up a common framework on energy related challenges and needs in the Alpine Space region as concerns Multi Level Governance integration on data, goals and decision-making, based on analyses performed both at national and transnational level. Joint activities in T1 set the basis for further work in other work packages and activities on multi-level and multi-sectoral integration and for the development of harmonized models and integrated roadmaps.

The project partners analysed energy planning methodologies, practices, legal and funding framework per country level, governance level and sector working with relevant stakeholders. They compared the findings on a transnational basis, identifying the key issues in nonintegrated planning and potential improvements in terms of goals, decision-making and tools. The main needs have been prioritized to outline a common baseline to be used as a framework for the development of the tools and guidelines (in work package T3) and for territorial and transnational joint actions for energy roadmaps (in work package T4) (results summarized in Report on needs and challenges identification).

An overview of the main tools is available below.

IMEAS Position paper

The current short paper aims at explaining the approach of the Alpine Space IMEAS - Integrated and Multi-level Energy models for the Alpine Space - project (co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG Alpine Space programme) to tackle what in literature is known as the “policy silo” problem, which is even more complicated when applied to low-carbon energy planning, strategies implementation and monitoring. Supra-national governments (as the EC), national and local governments, agencies, international, national and local private groups of interest can make a great difference to support building local economically viable and sustainable communities. Nevertheless, these actors can not make a difference if policies or strategies are fragmented at the different institutional levels of implementation or if the objectives are not harmonized or missing at some levels and the actors already cited do not communicate with each other. In times of large opportunities made possible by advanced and cheaper technology solutions, the innovation stream is usually blocked by non-technological problems such as missing incentive alignments and poor information flow amongst actors.

The entire document is available below.

Multi‐level and multi‐sectoral low carbon energy planning in the AS area; Tools for integrated energy analysis, planning and monitoring

The document gives a good overview about the situation in the partner regions. Therefor it is an essential starting point for all other work packages in the project. All partners have addressed their stakeholder and tried to get information about their situation. The collection shows that their situation is very different from region to region. Some countries have seven governance levels, other only three. Some partners know everything about their energy demand and energy production, but they have difficulties to introduce measure for energy reduction. Others have started a stakeholder process, fixed targets and measures in the parliament, which they want to reach, but rarely knew their numbers. Therefor we won´t be able to use the same recipe for every region, but need a really individual approach.

The entire document is available below.