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CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUPPORT TO LOCAL POLICIES

C-Track 50 - Putting regions on track for carbon neutrality by 2050

Mobilizing and guiding public authorities in defining long-term energy policy priorities, promoting multi-level governance and supporting regional and local authorities in developing, financing and implementing ambitious integrated sustainable energy and climate policy action plans in order to achieve climate resilience and carbon neutrality by 2050.

Below, you will find all the documents which had been published and will help C-Track 50 partners project to be successful in their project.

GPP-STREAM - Green Public Procurement and Sustainability Tools for Resource Efficiency Mainstreaming

 Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG EUROPE programme

GPP STREAM project brings 9 european partners (from Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain and France) which will work on their green public procurement plan for 2021-2026 at a national level, as a first step, then at a regional level.  By exchanging their knowledges and return on experiences, the partners will stimulate and add value on their public policies such as purchase eco-innovative, resource efficient goods and services, investment for growth and reintegration of jobseekers.

The main objective is to improve, the implementation policies and programmes, in the collectivities at a regional level.

  • June 2018 - May 2022
  • Project budget:€ 1,413,145 - ERDF fund: €1,184,462
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IMEAS - Integrated and Multi-level Energy models for the Alpine Space

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Alpine Space programme

Integrated low carbon policies and sustainable energy plans in the Alpine Space region are affected by common challenges. The future energy system, relying on renewable energies, will challenge all governance levels. Therefore, cooperation actions between all governance layers from villages to countries can help to make the Alpine Space a successful partner in the EU “new energy deal” for energy efficiency and renewable energy. The IMEAS multi-disciplinary team of technical, sociological, territorial partners, will develop a consistent methodology and practical guidance for the creation and integration of roadmaps based on multi-level approaches to climate change mitigation, energy innovation potentials, economic structures and control of energy plans. Experiences from some areas will help fill gaps in others through a cooperative and transnational approach capitalising the heterogeneity of the Alpine Space, their different cultures, planning principles and practice with software tools. To enhance the ability of public administrations and other entities to plan sustainable energy policies and select the right measures/instruments to implement them on a multi-level governance perspective, IMEAS will propose a new integrated approach to participatory roadmap development.

GREENCYCLE - Introducing circular economy system to Alpine Space to achieve low-carbon targets

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Alpine Space programme

Cities and regions in Alpine Space have mainly set their low-carbon objectives and adopted relevant strategies in energy, mobility, construction etc. - however cross-sectoral approach is missing. GREENCYCLE aims to introduce the system of circular economy (replace linear) as a holistic approach to support implementation of low-carbon strategies and provide additional 2-4% greenhouse emission reduction to the partner cities. Circular economy deployment will save energy, water, recover critical raw materials, reduce transport, boost the eco-innovation, create green jobs and benefit to low income citizens, which is directly in line with priority 2 of the ASP. Cities as biggest emissions producers and biggest energy and materials consumers will play the pioneering role by developing circular economy implementation strategies where key target groups (utilities, SMEs, citizens, research organizations) will be actively involved in the process. Supporting toolbox will be developed as an e-tool which will enable planning, management and monitoring of circular economy processes and will be made publicly available. Important part of project is dedicated to pilot project implementation where partner cities will deploy circular economy approach in real-case scenarios to test and evaluate the toolbox. In order to be effective, circular economy requires critical size of market and critical mass of materials which will be enabled by macro-regional approach. A transnational platform will be set up as a circular economy marketplace for materials and cooperation platform for further development of circular economy in Alpine Space. 

 

PEACE_ALPS - Pooled services for public authorities on climate change and renovation of public building stock

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Alpine Space programme

PEACE-ALPS tackles the problems related to the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) or any other Energy concepts already endorsed by Local Authorities (LAs) in Alpine Space Area by supporting LAs in developing concrete actions with an inter-municipal approach. The objectives will be reached by addressing energy management, energy refurbishment of buildings and public light, and local adaptation to climate change.

THE4BEES - Energy efficiency: changes of behaviour and information technology

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Alpine Space programme

THE4BEES builds on the hypothesis: energy is consumed by people rather than by buildings. Although most of the strategies to achieve energy efficiency in buildings focus on technical mitigation measures, to reach the ambitious goals on Low Carbon set by EU and Alpine Strategy (EUSALP), both structural and soft approaches shall be considered complementarily across the Alpine Space. THE4BEES focuses on behavioural changes of users in public buildings needed to achieve reduction of energy consumption, coupled to the use of innovative ICT applications developed by a transnational ecosystem. Those applications will be used by different target groups in demonstration sites (schools, houses, factories) to encourage behavioural changes for energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction.

SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS

CONDEREFF - Construction & demolition waste management policies for improved resource efficiency

 Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG programme

The CONDEREFF project brings 8 partners from 7 countries (Spain, Greece, France, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria and Germany) to exchange their experiences in pratices on the C&D (construction and demolition) recycled materials in the construction sector.

The main objective is to move forward from existing procedures on C&D waste management into resource efficiency and green growth and boost demande for C&D recycled materials and support both sustainability and recycling.

  • June 2018 - May 2023
  • Project budget: €1,617,955 - ERDF fund: € 1,354,450
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STEPPING - Supporting The EPC Public Procurement IN Going-beyond

 Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the MED programme

Are Energy Performance Contract (EPC) always the best solution of energy efficiency plans of public buildings in the MED area? How to increase their diffusion? STEPPING’s partners past experience and results of MED projects developed under previous programmes, show that it is necessary to adapt this investment scheme to the conditions of the MED area, which are not comparable to those of northern and central EU countries. To this scope, it is necessary to introduce innovative approaches in the design of investment plans. A transnational collaborative action based on pooling and sharing of experiences can increase successful investment plans in the MED countries, accelerating the accomplishment of EU directives on energy saving in public buildings. STEPPING, grouping partners of 7 MED countries, mutualize EPC good practices among partners, to develop and test new 8 EPC investment plans, with the launch of tenders to prove their effectiveness in the MED context.

CESBA MED - CESBA MED Sustainable MED Cities

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the MED programme

Energy efficiency improvement is a key strategy to reduce the environmental impact of public buildings. But usually energy efficiency plans do not fully exploit the potential for synergies that groups of buildings might offer. Energy efficient measures and their implementation at neighbourhood level (i.e. district heating, PV installations, etc) are showing clearly that a building scale approach is not optimal in reaching significant and cost-effective improvements. However at neighbourhood scale, decision making processes and the design of the intervention are more complex. Many EU projects addressed this issue proposing different methodologies, tools and indicators. CESBA MED intends to test 10 of them and to select the most affordable and operational solutions. On the base of the test results' evaluation, a common sustainability assessment framework at urban scale, a set of 8 regional assessment tools (CESBA MED SNTool) and an innovative decision making process will be defined to support the development of energy efficiency plans for public buildings in the context of their surrounding neighbourhoods. CESBA SNTool will allow to produce the MED Passport to compare the performances of buildings and neighbourhoods, in line with the EC COM 2014 445. A CESBA MED network of cities will be set up to maximise results'transferability. Training courses and workshops will be organized in the MED area. The project will be part of the European CESBA initiative.

CESBA_ALPS - Sustainable buildings - territorial approaches, assessment system

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Alpine Space programme

While sustainability assessment tools are already well-established for buildings and small urban areas, such tools do not yet exist for the built environment at the level of territories. CESBA Alps aims to improve the sustainability of the Alpine built environment through the development of the first assessment tool at territorial scale, which will be contextualized to regional specificities. Through objective criteria and performance indicators ad-dressing all dimensions of sustainability, the tool will support the sustainability assessment of a territory, the definition of objective performance targets, the decision making in planning processes and the implementation and monitoring of effective low carbon policies.

RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

CASCO - Carbon Smart Communities

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Alpine Space programme

Increasing material flows along processing chains in timber industry considerably contribute to climate change. However, there is a great but unexploited potential for reduction of CO2-emissions. The project makes these potentials accessible to decision makers and actors. Based on proved innovative cross border working assessment and monitoring tools, HVH developed and provides to the project for testing in the AS, it initially visualizes the impact of low carbon material flows in timber products on the climate (integrated carbon footprint system). It develops and establishes policy guidelines in participating communities (bundled by the different partners) and provides decision makers with steering instruments to actively trigger climate friendly timber products. Through the project an important but unregarded sustainability aspect will be considered in public construction and procurement. Legal opinions from experts of EU and communal law as well as first activities from public bodies in D to implement the existing tools into procurement indicates the feasibility of the approach.

StoRES - Promotion of higher penetration of Distributed PV through storage for all

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the MED programme

StoRES foresees the development of an optimal policy for the effective integration of photovoltaics (PV) and energy storage systems (ESS) via testing smart solutions in 5 MED islands and rural areas. The challenge is to achieve high PV penetration in their energy mix through solving all market/technical/grid/tariff issues without compromising grid stability or security of supply. The objective is to boost PV self-consumption in the MED through an optimal storage solution.The approach is to test PV storage solutions for the consumer in different pilot sites taking into account local parameters for optimization and using efficiency measures. StoRES is expected to change the current situation oncerning grid reliability with higher RES deployment in islands/rural areas giving a cost-effective option to the public on more affordable and sustainable energy supply. Public authorities will be mobilized leading to their engagement in sustainable energy strategy implementation in their jurisdictions with a truly long-term vision in mind. The MED, as the natural place for PV and where grid parity is a reality, has the opportunity to pioneer in testing such technologies in real time with authorities ready to contribute. This endeavour will increase socio-economic competitiveness of regions involved; most importantly will have an international impact as new knowledge for optimum PV-ESS interoperability is transferred to a broader geographical context where grid parity has not reached yet.

PEGASUS - Promoting Effective Generation And Sustainable USes of electricity

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the MED programme

Its objective is the promotion of microgrids in rural or insular areas.
PEGASUS aims to deepen the technical, administrative and economic conditions for the development of electric microgrids. From the monitoring of pilot sites, different business models will be evaluated and tools and methods will be put in place to facilitate the replication of new microgrids.

  • February 2017 - July 2019
  • Project budget: € 1,868,512  - ERDF fund: € 1,588,235
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BiogasAction: Biomethane - grid injection and alternative fuel, territorial approaches

Biogas Action aims to serve as vehicle for the development of the European biogas sector and to increase the biogas and biomethane production in the European Union, by focusing on removing the non-technical barriers to contribute to creating better frameworks for the widespread production of biogas and biomethane, in line with the EU 2020 targets

SDHp2m - District Heating and cooling based on renewable energy including solar power

SDHp2m stands for Solar District Heating (SDH) and actions from Policy to Market. The project addresses market uptake challenges for a wider use of district heating and cooling systems (DHC) with high shares of RES, specifically the action focuses on the use of large-scale solar thermal plants combined with other RES in DHC systems.

TRANSPORT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

MELINDA - Transforming Urban Mobility

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Alpine Space programme

MELINDA project partners and observers will work on encouraging the citizens to be environmentally friendly, in terms of transport, by showing the benefits for their health. During this project, an experience (walking, biking, taking public transports …) will be set up with  volunteers, and based on a mobile apps during 2 years.

This project aims at creating a model of low carbon mobility and transport in Alpine regions by inscreasing a better understanding of alternative mobility benefits.

e-MOTICON - e-Mobility Transnational strategy for an Interoperable Community and Networking in the Alpine Space

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Alpine Space programme

Low and inhomogeneous deployment of electro mobility characterises Alpine Space. The count of electric charging stations (E-CS) varies from 15 to 235 E-CS per M inhabitants whereas e-vehicles’(EV) number varies from 70 to 470 per M inhabitants. One reason for the inadequate diffusion is low interoperability of E-CS often due to the limited integration of planning instruments used by Public Administrations (PA) and their lack of knowledge in technological innovation and business modelling. If at all, PAs address the issue in an isolated way and leave the investments to private non-coordinated initiatives; therefore there is a need of regional administrations’ capacity building and integrated transnational approach. e-MOTICON brings together 15 partners from 5 countries, involving 40 observers and 8 endorsements from each programme area and Switzerland, including managing authorities, regional bodies, research centres and private investors. The partnership aims to support PAs in ensuring homogeneous development of e-mobility, deploying an innovative transnational strategy of integration among spatial planning, innovative business models and technologies, sustainable mobility patterns, energy efficiency instruments and policies enabling large diffusion of E-CS and wider interoperability.

CO&GO: Promoting short distance carpooling in Europe

CO&Go is an european project which aims promoting short distance carpooling in Europe. The main outcomes of the project, in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, will be a survey realised by AURA-EE to collect carpooling needs and constraints of inhabitants, a national meeting with mobility experts, a state-of-the-art study of carpooling mobile apps and best practises in France and in Europe, several expert meetings and training sessions in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. 2 pilot territories have been identified in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: Chambéry Métropole and Le Grand Lyon where new carpooling experiences will be implemented and strengthened with the technical support and promotion of AURA-EE

  • October 2017 - October 2020
  • Project budget: € 1,087,067 - ERDF fund: € 924,007