Projects in the process of implementation
The aim of the project is to establish and strengthen bilateral cooperation between Polish and Norwegian municipalities, covering the exchange of experience, knowledge, technologies and best practices in the area of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy sources (RES) use in the municipal sector.
The 50000&1 SEAPs project provides a coherent approach to integrating Energy Management Systems (EnMS) with Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) according to energy management standards such as ISO50001. It aims to help municipalities to develop a policy for more efficient use of energy, and fix targets and objectives to meet this policy while reducing the energy bill.
ISO 50001 and other energy management standards lay out how to establish, implement, maintain and improve an EnMS, allowing an organisation to achieve continual success in all areas of energy performance, including efficiency, security, and consumption. This ensures that sustainable approaches to local energy policy and planning are spread and strengthened further across Europe.
MAYORS IN ACTION – Empowering coordinators and supporters of the Covenant of MAYORS to assist local authorities IN implementing and monitoring their Sustainable Energy ACTION Plan
Project aims to help Coordinators and Supporters (C&S) of the Covenant of Mayors in assisting their small and medium-sized municipalities in SEAPs implementation and monitoring by offering them targeted trainings, tutoring and coaching schemes. A tailor-made twinning programme on strategies for evaluation of SEAPs, including methodologies for implementation, information on financial opportunities, and how to improve communication and support with municipalities, will be held for C&S.
A wide selection of tools will also be made available on the project website.
In addition, national trainings for C&S will take place in Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Poland, and Spain. Selected C&S can benefit by participating in an international coaching and peer-review schemes with partners in the consortium. Priority will be given to C&S currently supporting implementation and monitoring SEAPs outside of the above target countries.
Projects finished in 2016
EURONET 50/50 MAX – ROLL-OUT OF 50/50 INITIATIVE TO UNLOCK ENERGY SAVING IN SCHOOLS AND OTHER PUBLIC BUILDINGS
Project aims at mobilizing energy savings in public buildings through the implementation of the 50/50 methodology in 500 schools and nearly 50 other public buildings from 13 EU countries (100 schools and 10 public buildings in Poland). The 9-step methodology increases energy awareness of the building users and actively involves them in energy saving actions. Achieved financial savings are shared equally between the building users (e.g. schools) and usually the local authority which covers the energy bills. As a result everybody wins. The school teaches pupils how to save energy by changing their behaviour and gets additional financial resources, the local authority reduces their energy expenses and the local community gets cleaner local environment.
It is a continuation of the very successful EURONET 50/50 project implemented by PNEC in 2009-2012 in 11 Polish schools which were actively engaged in energy saving actions and achieved impressive results.
Projects finished in 2015
The MESHARTILITY project aims at the development of solutions and tools facilitating exchange of energy data between energy utilities and local authorities elaborating sustainable energy strategies and plans. These solutions and tools will help cities, who are signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, to develop their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).
In order to develop a successful Sustainable Energy Action Plan or other local energy-related programme it is necessary to have detailed data on energy production and consumption at the territory of the municipality. Only in this way it is possible to identify which sectors have the largest energy saving potential and to plan effective actions and measures in this field. Reliable energy data will also enable municipalities to monitor the effectiveness of implemented strategies and plans. These data are usually in the possession of energy producers and providers who are often reluctant to provide detailed, disaggregated information on energy production and consumption due to the consumers’ data protection, fear of the competition etc.
Therefore it is necessary to develop solutions and tools facilitating sharing energy data between energy utilities and local authorities, who took up the task of elaborating sustainable energy strategies and plans, in a way that will create a win-win situation.
Projects finished in 2014
The RENERGY project fits into the context of the EU Energy 2020 strategy setting out objectives and lines of action to address urgent global energy and environmental concerns as well as the negative consequences of the economic crisis.
In particular RENERGY aims at contributing to economic growth through the development of a Green Economy at the local level that will encourage job creation contributing to the modernization and increased competitiveness at a European scale.
The overall objective is to develop more efficient energy policies at local/regional level in an inclusive, integrative approach, transforming urban communities from consumers to producers of energy, with particular reference to the objectives of the Covenant of Mayors.
A garden over your head – Swiss green roofs and living walls as a model and inspiration for innovative activities of Polish self-governments in the field of energy conservation and climate protection
The aim of project is to transfer to Polish municipalities Swiss know-how for improving energy efficiency of buildings through setting up gardens on roofs and walls in the framework of local sustainable energy strategy. The project refers to the trends of modernist architecture of 20th century initiated by world-famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier, that is to the concept of gardens grown on rooftops in order to compensate for the loss of green space taken by the building. “Green roofs” and “living walls” will not only contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to increasing energy efficiency of buildings, but also serve the purpose of improving the retention of rainwater which results in reducing energy consumption of sewage systems and reducing floods. Moreover, implementation of such investments will allow to mitigate the effect of “heat islands” and result in reconstruction of ecosystems (birds, plants, insects).
Capacity building and lessons to be learned for the institutionalization of sustainable energy policies in the municipalities (GREEN TWINNING)
The project aims at:
- Promoting permanent long-term partnerships and networking between experienced and learning municipalities in order to achieve commonly agreed results in joint project implementation process.
This is accomplished through training courses and twinning activities between “learning” municipalities (37 municipalities from new EU member states, including 7 municipalities from Poland) and experienced ones from Granada and Valencia in Spain as well as direct support from the national coordinator.
Project Sustainable and efficient Energy for Rural Regions, the acronym VIS NOVA, combines soft actions and investment in the field of energy efficiency. Useful documents produced by the project and the results achieved due to the investment will be possible to use together.
Projects finished in 2013
The NET-COM project aims at empowering local authorities (at both political and administrative levels) to implement successfully their current (or future) Covenant engagements. Thus NET-COM directly supports the EU’s Energy and Climate Package targets.
The project is carried out by a consortium of 12 partners from 12 different European countries.
In each country, National Covenant Clubs / Platforms will be created to ensure:
- better communication and exchanges among local authorities (Covenant Signatories or not) which would improve their own capacities and effectiveness to achieve the Covenant goals;
- better communication, exchanges and synergies between local authorities and key actors such as public institutions (ministries, national/regional agencies, regions, provinces, associations of local and regional authorities) and any other stakeholders (businesses, NGOs, associations, etc.) willing to support local authorities in their efforts to achieve the Covenant objectives.
Furthermore, the continuous capacity building of the European, national and regional networks of local authorities will be crucial for the coming years. NET-COM will set up a permanent cooperation among the networks in order to benchmark their experiences, practices, tools and working methods.
Project website: www.networkingcovenantofmayors.eu
“A network of sustainable ENERGY supporting structures FOR the Covenant of MAYORS” (ENERGY FOR MAYORS)
The aim of the project is to support European initiative entitled “Covenant of Mayors” through strengthening the network of its Supporting Structures, helping selected municipalities in the development and implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and promotion of the Covenant among local self-governments.
It is planned that as a result of project implementation 180 new municipalities will join the Covenant of Mayors, over 60 municipalities will be fully supported in the development and implementation of SEAPs and 34 new Supporting Structures will be established. Moreover, project results will include strengthening local authorities’ capacity to implement sustainable energy strategies and Supporting Structures’ capacity to effectively support smallest signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, which will be achieved inter alia through special training seminars for municipalities and Supporting Structures and training materials developed by project partners.
Projects finished in 2012
|The project aims at applying the 50/50 methodology to 50 educational centers in order to contribute to the fight against climate change. Within the frameworks of the project an European network of schools will be created and energy efficiency measures will be implemented in chosen school buildings. The 50/50 concept assumes that thanks to taken up actions 2,5% energy savings will be achieved and money saved will be divided between schools (50%) and municipalities (50%).The result is that everybody wins: schools improve their energy efficiency and sanitary conditions, local authorities pay less for energy and the society gets the cleaner environment. Schools have been chosen to take part in the project as they are a perfect place to promote energy sustainability, ensuring that future generations consume energy responsibly and influence their families to do the same. 9 partners from 9 countries participate in the project.|
Projects finished in 2011
Project is aimed at promotion of municipalities using RES ((Renewable energy sources), and encouraging other municipalities to follow them.. Based on the experience of existing 3 national RES leagues (Germany, Czech Republic, France), three new national leagues will be implemented in Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria and all of them networked into the RES Champions league (more than 6000 municipalities) focusing mainly on the solar and efficient wood sectors.
Projects finished in 2010
|The project aims at helping local authorities to become models for citizens in the field of rational use of energy and developing actions to encourage citizens, local decision makers and stakeholders in taking their own initiatives, thus preparing the ground for sustainable energy communities. 41 pilot cities are involved, 7 in Poland: Bielawa, Dzierżoniów, Ełk, Gorlice, Nowa Dęba, Raciechowice, Poddębice.
|The project’s objectives are to automatically monitor energy (electricity, gas, heat, etc.) and water data in 75-100 small/medium businesses (SMEs) from a range of sectors (manufacturing, commercial, etc.) in 5 different Member States (5 in Poland).
|By organizing Municipal Intelligent Energy Days local authorities will have an outstanding opportunity to show their commitment to contribute to achievement of the EU energy and climate goals at the local level and show their citizens that they take a lead.|
The aim of the project is to promote activities for climate protection through information and promotional campaign preparing for the implementation of the Directive 2002/91/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2002 on the energy performance of buildings in Poland and encouraging to energy saving at schools.
Coordinator: The Association of Municipalities Polish Network „Energie Cités” (PNEC)
Project beneficiaries: 10 municipalities from all over Poland: Bielawa, Dobczyce, Dzierżoniów, Ełk, Laszki, Lubań, Niepołomice, Nowa Dęba, Pałecznica, Wiśniowa.
Within the framework of the project in 40 selected public buildings (town halls and schools) following activities will be carried out:
- conducting of energy audit
- description of energy performance of the building,
- preparation of the energy performance certificate.
“Two countries – one energy saving programme: a Polish – Ukrainian cooperation to support the European Commission’s cross-national initiative entitled Covenant of Mayors”
The project supports the “Covenant of Mayors” initiative of the European Commission, which engages signatory municipalities (and their local communities) in activities for energy saving and climate protection. Covenant signatories commit themselves to go beyond the EU climate and energy goals set for 2020 by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in their territories by at least 20%.
The Project is co-financed by the Polish aid programme 2010 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
Project coordinator: The Association of Municipalities Polish Network „Energie Cités” (PNEC)
Project partner: The Association „Energy Efficient Municipalities of Ukraine” (EEMU)
Duration: 1st of April 2010 – 31st of December 2010
Aim of the project: to promote and implement the Covenant of Mayors initiative among Ukrainian municipalities, contributing in this way to the improvement of living conditions, protection of natural environment and building civil society.
Projects finished in 2007
|The primary objective of the project was improvement of the use of SF - and other financial resources - in the regional energy policy projects of at least 4 NMS (Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic) thus progressing towards a better integration of sustainable energy issues in their projects.
|The aim of the project was promotion of renewable energy in Malopolska Region, increase of energy use in general energy balance and preparation of potential beneficiaries interested in RES use to submitting proposal to EU funds.
“Model of sustainable energy development strategy for municipality of Moldova as an element of regional development strategy. Polish experiences for Moldova.”
|The project intended to help in strengthening local authorities in partner’s country through sharing experience and knowledge about creating local development strategy (esp. regarding to energy development and RES use).
Projects implemented in 2003-2006
|The best innovative projects being were identified, described and disseminated as models for imitation.
|Transfer of knowledge and know-how of Raciechowice municipality to partner from Kyrgystan - presentation of local development strategy according to the model tested in EU and the Climate Menu method.
|The objective of the project was to transfer Polish experiences in energy management and RES use to the representatives of local authorities from Moldova.
|The aim of the project was to improve the situation of energy consumers in Raciechowice municipality through developing and promotion of public-private partnership for sustainable energy development.
|Project operation comprised mainly: organising 22 training sessions (1 day each) in all counties of Malopolska Region, 10 probations in private companies (6 months each) for graduates from academies in Malopolska Region and preparing and publishing manual (1 000 copies) for the private sector interested in renewable “RES in Malopolska Region”.
|During project operation CD–ROM “Energy and environment management – forming of public-social partnership” was prepared, published (10 000 copies) and disseminated in whole Poland. CD-ROM contains materials about public-social partnership and 60 good practices of co-operation between local authorities, private companies and NGOs in the area of energy management and environmental protection in European Union and Canada.
|This project focused on the sustainable energy development in school and public buildings. It was aimed at rising awareness in energy management and RES energy use in school buildings in the Eastern and Central Europe.
“Renewable energy as a challenge for local authorities. The examples of good practices in Poland and EU”
|The objective of the project was to prepare and publish 5000 sets of two CDroms – one is a translation of an English version entitled “Renewable energies in urban areas” and contains 105 examples of the best practice in cities and communities in 19 European countries, the second one “Renewable energies in Poland. 70 good practice” contains the description of 72 examples of Polish practice of the use of renewable energies.