Integrated and Multi-level Energy models for the Alpine Space

IMEAS mid-term conference in Dornbirn, 28. 2. 2019

On 28th of February IMEAS project partner Energieinstitut Vorarlberg held a mid-term conference in Dornbirn. Topics that were disussed were Central energy data base optimization and user needs.

The planned Central Energy Data Base for communities in Vorarlberg puts different databases and registers into value and allows the calculation of standardized energy and emission balances as well as the consistent capture, intersection, analysis and Illustration of the structural and energetic actual state. With this harmonized data bases and key figures communities and regions are able to recognize spatial patterns, trends or also possible future developments and interdependencies.

As consequence they can take a technically sound and forward-looking role in terms of sustainable local and regional energy spatial and infrastructure planning.

As part of the conference the benefits of this energy database in daily community work are shown and the requirements of communities using such a platform are analyzed.

Until now the Central Energy Database Vorarlberg (ZEDB-V) was developped as prototype in the framework of the CESBA-Alps project in close cooperation with the energy department of the country Vorarlberg and the Energy Region Leiblachtal and based and tested on real data from the five communities in the Leiblach valley. In IMEAS we support the implementation of this kind of database to other communities, support the tender and help to connect different political levels.

IMEAS Hands-on training in Mindelheim, 30. 1. 2019

On the 30th of January participants evaluated energy and climate related instruments that are implemented in Bavarian municipalities. These include energy, environment and facility management systems, energy use plans as well as concepts for climate protection and electric mobility. Strengths and weaknesses of the instruments were evaluated and puzzled together with possible support activities to improve their impacts.

The participants would wish for a clearer advice by the management system to support their point when trying to adopt climate protection measures. Often, they also lack comparability because the data and methods of calculation don’t match. To overcome the opacity with standardized procedures and improved coordination was a request. Municipalities mutually benefit from strengthening networks and learning from best practices.

An often mentioned critique next to missing resources in form of time and money is the non-binding nature of the instruments. This too often creates results that never are adopted. Some participants expect to have a clear responsibility in the line organization. Others imagine a municipal emission trading system or a pricing model for CO2.

Repeatedly mentioned was the importance of the actors in local climate politics. County commissioners and mayors have to understand the energy transition as their duty and give it first priority. They have to be able to inspire the citizens, make them actively participate in order to achieve acceptance.

IMEAS mid-term conference in Trento, 4. 12. 2018

Autonomous Province of Trento through its Provincial Agency for Water Resources and Energy organized Italian mid-term IMEAS conference titled "The role of energy modelling tools in the construction path of future energy scenarios".

The conference was an opportunity to get an overview of the state of the art of energy planning tools and of the medium-long term strategy scenarios at EU and national level to look towards the future at a time when Trentino started working on the new Provincial Environmental Energy Plan for the decade 2021-2030. In addition to the other Italian partners of the project, ENEA and Fondazione per l’Ambiente T.Fenoglio, the event was attended by various representatives of universities, research institutes, energy agencies, members of the EUSALP Energy Action and, by videoconference, representatives of the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission and of the European Climate Foundation.

The conference followed two closely connected threads in energy planning: “tools” and “scenarios”. After a preliminary plenary session, there were two round tables to deepen the two main topics of the conference. Furthermore, there has been the possibility for all the participants to share the impressions and the suggestions collected during the morning in a dedicated peer meeting afternoon session.

6th Project meeting in Velenje, Slovenia, 28. 9.  2018

From 24th to 26th of September IMEAS project partners met on the 6th project meeting in Velenje, Slovenia.

Adressing challenges of missing incentive alignments, poor information flow amongst actors and non-harmonized approaches towards energy planning, that don't work on multidimentional levels, thus not recognizing different national, regional, local and sectoral needs, IMEAS continues to work towards making energy planning easier by developing holistic and integrated tools to tackle gaps between policies, methodologies and actions.

Adopting it's specific vertical, horizontal and transversal approach development of easy-to-use guidelines and tools on specific topics, such as energy planning, stakeholder networks, successful initiatives and models, coherent data collection/management schemes, integration across territorial domains is now almost complete and will take into account multidimensional and transnational links.

Development of IMEAS Community Web Platform is also well underway. It will be easy to use platform combining all developed tools and gudelines and will follow one important goal - find multi-level and cooperative approaches to set people into motion toward a low-carbon energy transition in the EU Alpine Region.

“Territories in transition, thriving territories”, 27. 6. 2018

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Énergie-Environnement (AURA-EE) organized on the 27th of June a mid-term conference on the future of territories in transition within the framework of IMEAS, Integrated low carbon policies and sustainable energy plans in the Alpine Space region. Event was held in Lyon at the premises of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and was also marking Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Energy Environment Agency's 40 years anniversary.
Through the development of THRIVING TERRITORIES we discovered how these territories have taken what pioneer and model territories did to the next level in terms of engagement (of citizens, local businesses and local authorities).  This conference focused on specific cases, discussions with the participants and assessments that make it possible to plan out and put into perspective the evolutions to come at a European, national and regional level. The conference was hosted by Jean-Michel Lobry and illustrated live by Jean-Michel Ucciani. 

Train the trainers, Autrans-Vercors, 18.-19.04.2018

  • Presentation of local context from Observers and Sounding Board members.
  • Presentation and discussion of the IMEAS tools so far developed (Browse energy good practices by actor similarity; Multiregional energy modeling using open source software; Stakeholders' Network Model: a graphical interface).
  • Session on data management.
  • Session on planning tools.
  • Presentation of the Tool on quality qssessment of buildings.
  • Discussion on the Guidelines under development.

5th project meeting and workshop, Lyon, 16.-17.04.2018

  • Presentation of the IMEAS activities, results achieved so far and forthcoming activities
  • Welcome to IMEAS Sounding Board members from Università di Trento, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Joint Research Center and to Observers.
  • Workshop on the Platform Project Vision: hands-on session to identify identity trades and key messages.
  • Project Steering Group Meeting.

4th project meeting and working groups, Munich, 21.-23.11.2017

  • Discussion on T1, T2 deliverables and on images and schemes to be prepared for communication and dissemination activities.
  • Identification of missing info to support the definition of tools and guidelines in T3.
  • Get a clear picture of the existing practices (link to T2).
  • Methodologies (link to T3) and tools (link to T3 and T4) for energy analysis/planning/strategy in the Partner territories.
  • Identification of overlapping/synergies with D.T3.2.2, D.T3.3.1, D.T3.3.4 and T4.
  • Presentation of practices from each partner Country and discussion.
  • Development of the Stakeholder Network Model.
  • Activities in T4 and an overview of the transnational roadmaps on the identified territories.
  • T3 activities on tools and guidelines.
  • Project Steering Group Meeting.
  • First version of the IMEAS Community web Platform.
  • Important issues related to Communication activities.
  • Discussion and sharing among the participants on the energy modeling practices in each territory and on the harmonization issues.

IMEAS Networking Event, Torino, Italy, 28.6.2017

The objective of the event was the pragmatical engagement of relevant stakeholders and observers to share the IMEAS strategy of using a Multi-Level and Multi-Dimensional approach and to promote the domestic and transnational integration of low-carbon energy policy making and planning in the Alpine Macro Region. To read more:

3rd project meeting, Torino, Italy, 27.-28.6.2017

  • Overview of T3 Work Package planned activities.
  • General structure of the IMEAS Community web Platform.
  • Work on tools and guidelines in small working groups: discussion and identification of first actions.
  • Project updates on relevant items about WP M, C, T1 and T2.
  • Internal preparation for the workshop of the next day and follow-up management.

2nd project meeting Dornbirn, Vorarlberg, Austria, 4.-5.4.2017

  • Activity progress evaluation for Period 1.
  • Activities performed in IMEAS and at country level.
  • Project Master Document.
  • IMEAS Community and the roles of the Sounding Board, the Ambassadors and the Formal Project Stakeholdes.
  • IMEAS Community web Platform with tools and guidelines.
  • T2 action plan.

Kick-off meeting in Munich, Germany, 29.-30.11.2016

  • Presentation of partners’ institutions and team groups from BAUM, RAEE, EIC, VLBG, ISD, PAT, KSSENA, MOC, ENEA, FA, eza! and CREM.
  • Presentation of IMEAS intervention logic and approach.
  • Discussion and sharing of opinions on the Multi-Level approach to be adopted in IMEAS analyses.
  • Overview of IMEAS Community Groups.
  • Overview of IMEAS work plan.
  • Presentation of T1, T2, T3 and T4 activities.
  • Synergies.
  •  AS programme requirements concerning the project start.
  • Project management rules.
  • Programme requirements concerning Communication and presentation of the drafted Communication Strategy.

Photos, Munich, november 2016