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  1. 1. European Energy Award: Qualification, certification and awarding of communal energy policy Helmut Strasser SIR – Salzburg Institute for regional planning and housing 14. 06. 2007
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>state of Salzburg 500.000 inhabitants </li></ul><ul><li>119 communities from 400 up to 19.000 inhabitants + city of Salzburg with about 150.000 inhabitants </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism plays an important role: </li></ul><ul><li>Summer and Winter in alpine regions, Culture – Mozart </li></ul><ul><li>Intact environment is relevant for economy - climate changes will cause changes for alpine tourism!!! </li></ul>1900 2000 City of Salzburg
  3. 3. Background: Climate Protection <ul><li>Kyoto-Target for Austria minus 13 % of the greenhouse gases from 1990 for the period from 2008 to 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Salzburg: guidelines for energy use – Toronto target </li></ul>% +20 +6 0 -28
  4. 4. Target group: Communities <ul><li>What can be done whithin shrinking budgets for communities? </li></ul><ul><li>How can politicans be inspired by energysaving measures? </li></ul><ul><li>How can sustainable and permanent projects be realised? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we have a positive contribution to our (living) environment ? </li></ul>
  5. 5. A little story about an energy conscious community… <ul><li>She has no idea , </li></ul><ul><li>how effective her measures are, </li></ul><ul><li>what other measures she would need to achieve the climate targets, </li></ul><ul><li>what other measures are possible, </li></ul><ul><li>where community is standing on the way to accomplish their targets, neither has she an action plan </li></ul><ul><li>how other cities are doing and what they are doing </li></ul>
  6. 6. … but the mayor is clever! <ul><li>The city needs… </li></ul><ul><li>a programme and a process instead of single projects </li></ul><ul><li>a system to prioritize fields of actions for the city’s planning process </li></ul><ul><li>systematic evaluation of the own activities and a benchmarking system to compare with others </li></ul><ul><li>a network for exchange of experience and know-how </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is the European Energy Award? <ul><li>The European Energy Award® (eea®) is a certification and quality management system for towns and cities across Europe that are making a significant contribution to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energies. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Main elements of eea <ul><li>The European Energy Award® consists of two main elements: </li></ul><ul><li>A quality management system for communal energy-related services and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Certification and award for energy-related achievements and control of success through regular audits </li></ul>
  9. 9. Step-by-step towards the targets Today Target <ul><li>eea means… </li></ul><ul><li>a continuous process (quality management system) </li></ul><ul><li>setting up and improving local structures and frameworks for effective energy policies </li></ul><ul><li>a certification, benchmark and labelling system </li></ul><ul><li>a network within the community and between communities </li></ul>measures time Today Target
  10. 10. Continuous process of eea <ul><li>Step-by-step communities improve their performance in their energy-related activities: </li></ul><ul><li>Energy-related activities are reviewed </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths, weaknesses and potentials for improvement are visualized </li></ul><ul><li>Goals for the local energy policy and decision-making criteria are defined </li></ul><ul><li>An energy policy work programme is developed comprising concrete long-term and short-term projects </li></ul><ul><li>The work programme is implemented step-by-step </li></ul><ul><li>A continuous assessment of the results is carried out </li></ul>
  11. 11. Energy-political Profile <ul><li>Basis: Catalogue of Measures (84 measures in 6 fields of actions) </li></ul><ul><li> percentage of realisation in each field of action </li></ul><ul><li>Visualisation of - strengths & - weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>audit result: </li></ul><ul><li>level of realisation: 58 % </li></ul><ul><li>Certification: </li></ul>
  12. 12. Energy Team <ul><li>The ‘Energy Team’ works with an accredited eea® advisor to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carry out the energy review with the support of the assessment tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop an energy policy work programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop and realise energy efficiency projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare documentation for the certification process </li></ul></ul>administrative staff energy-team Committed private persons Experts of municipality Member of environmental organisations politicians external experts
  13. 13. Regional e5- structure <ul><li>4 times / year </li></ul><ul><li>coordination of common e5 </li></ul><ul><li>activities </li></ul><ul><li>exchange of experiences </li></ul><ul><li>discussion of project-ideas </li></ul>Organized networking meetings Comm. X Comm. B Comm. C Comm. D Moderation benefit Comm. A
  14. 14. e5- Catalogue of measures: the Heart of e5 <ul><li>4 functions: </li></ul><ul><li>Checklist for the energy reviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>what has been done? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>quality of transformation? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>documentation of each project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Catalyst for the process </li></ul><ul><li>Aid for planning future activities </li></ul><ul><li>Measurement tool for benchmarks, external audits and certification </li></ul>Structure of the catalogue: 6 fields of actions, 84 measures, from 1-10 points for each measure - depending on the CO2-relevance, total 500 points of benchmarking (Spatial) planning communal buildings & facilities supply & disposal communication & cooperation internal organisation energy mobility
  15. 15. Quality Assurance and Awarding <ul><li>Depending on the degree of implementation of possible measures, a community can get certified and awarded with the European Energy Award®. </li></ul>If 75% of the possible measures are implemented and finalized, the community receives: If 50% of the possible measures are implemented and finalized, the community receives:
  16. 16. Benefits for communities <ul><li>Systematic review of energy activities in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous increases in energy efficiency and associated cost savings </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous assessment of success through a comprehensive monitoring system </li></ul><ul><li>Highlighting the community’s achievements in the field of energy </li></ul><ul><li>Benchmarking with other towns and cities participating in the eea® programme on a national and European level </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the know-how and experience of leading energy cities and towns throughout Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Significant contribution to common climate protection and sustainability efforts by implementing energy policy for the future </li></ul><ul><li>Successful dissemination of the “energy-activities” amongst eea® participating towns and cities across Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Improvements in location attractiveness and image for the community </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement of committed citizens and interest groups in energy policy planning and in the decision making process </li></ul>
  17. 17. eea in Europe
  18. 18. The e5-programme in Austria <ul><li>e5-programme for energy efficient communities is the carrier-programme for eea in Austria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on coaching of municipalities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops, excursions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentationes, guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange of experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>„ Supporting the best and let the others participate“ </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Example: Intercommunal Biomasse heating system <ul><li>eea / e5- Municipality of Bischofshofen: </li></ul><ul><li>Idea in energy-team to build a biomasse district heating system </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation with neighbourhood-municipality of St. Johann (also eea / e5- municipality) </li></ul><ul><li>At least cooperation of 4 municipalities: </li></ul><ul><li>Common district heating system with 2 biomass-heating plants and 1 biomasse power plant </li></ul><ul><li>Around 60 GWh heat and 5 GWh electricity are produced </li></ul>
  20. 20. Example: Intercommunal Biomasse heating system Realisation although a 15 years old contract determined gas supply for the whole region. So, if targets of municipalities chance a lot of activities will become possible!
  21. 21. St. Johann Inhabitants: 10.988 Households: 4.450 e5 since: 1998
  22. 22. St. Johann <ul><li>Optimisation of street lightning (-20%) </li></ul><ul><li>Self-commitment of energy criteria for communal buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Solar energy for communal buildings: senior residential building, Schools, Kindergarden sport-sites, …; 15 kW PV </li></ul><ul><li>Total: 0,45 m² Solar collectors / inhabitant </li></ul><ul><li>Biomasse district heating system for 9 hotel buildings (400.000 l oil) </li></ul><ul><li>Fuel-switch of local district heating system from gas to biomasse with biomasse – CHP (1Mio. m³ Gas) and decentralized oil-boilers to biomasse (450.000 l oil) </li></ul><ul><li>2 Citybus-lines, financial, parking management, deconstruction of major roads, walkers-friendly design of roads and places </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly energy councelling, pilot action: energy pas for 15 households, funding for renewables, PR-activities, environmental award „ÖkoStil“ </li></ul>
  23. 23. St. Johann <ul><li>Results </li></ul><ul><li>Status quo: </li></ul><ul><li>Fuel switch: from gas, oil to biomasse: -5.000 t CO2 / year (-22%) </li></ul><ul><li>Solar energy: - 940 t CO2 / year (-4%) </li></ul><ul><li>Thermal insulation: ? </li></ul><ul><li>Total: -26% </li></ul><ul><li>Potenzial / energy guidelines to 2010: </li></ul><ul><li>Solar energy - additional 9.000 m2: - 800 t CO2 (-3,5%) </li></ul><ul><li>Thermal insulation (buildings of 1960-1980): – 1000 t CO2 / year (-4,5%) </li></ul><ul><li>total: -8% / year </li></ul><ul><li> In the scope of heat demand Kyoto Target will be reached, -50% (alliance for climate) is not unrealistic </li></ul>
  24. 24. Langenegg Inhabitants: 1.028 e5 since: 1998
  25. 25. Langenegg <ul><li>Self controlled commitment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>solarthermal, biomass DH, low energy buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>energy manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eco-criterias for procurement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Construction and Refurbishment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>solarthermal, refurbishment, low energy buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>98% biomass for municipal buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>32% savings for waste water treatment plant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Co-operation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bio-fuel, waste heat from industry, agricultural biogas, 70 solarthermal </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Langenegg <ul><li>Transport </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Car-sharing, rentable bus, Sharing of public transport pass, free public transport for guests,… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Indicators (above average) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>m² solar thermal + 192% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>kWp photovoltaics + 620% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>green electricty + 498% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>energy consulting + 59% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>biomass > 40% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>energy subsidies 15,- €/cap. </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Other projects <ul><li>Energy criterias in contracts for sale of communal property </li></ul><ul><li>Mikro-turbines in water-supply-facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Energy management system for communal buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Communal buildings in Passivhouse-standard </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation, projects with local schools, companies, …. </li></ul><ul><li>Action days: car-free- day, day of the sun </li></ul><ul><li>… . </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul><ul><li>can be seen in realised measures and projects </li></ul><ul><li>and in percentage of possibilities a community has </li></ul><ul><li>and in certification from 1 to 5 „e“ </li></ul>
  28. 28. Over 50 e5-communities in Austria
  29. 29. Prosperities in Austria <ul><li>More than 50 communities in the ferderal states/ provinces of Vorarlberg, Tirol, Salzburg, Carinthia and Styria </li></ul><ul><li>3 „eeeee“-communities : Langenegg, Mäder, Zwischenwasser 5 „eeee“-communities : Ludesch, Wolfurt, Kufstein, Virgen, St. Johann </li></ul><ul><li>More than 600 active team-members </li></ul><ul><li>About 1.100 projects realised during the last three years </li></ul><ul><li>50 guidelines and handbooks </li></ul><ul><li>More than 60 exchange of experence-meetings of the teams </li></ul>
  30. 30. European Energy Award - eea candidature 50 % of the possible points = European Energy Award = eee 75 % of the possible points = European Energy Award Gold = eeeee
  31. 31. European Energy Award - eea <ul><ul><li>Communties in 7 countries: Irland, Italy, France, Lithuania, Switzerland, Germany, Austria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Starting activities in Netherlands, Czech Republic </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Chance & Benefits for Communities <ul><li>Enhancement of energy-efficiency step by step in combination with cost-savings </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing and advancing the implementation of energy saving measures </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation of a sustainable energy-policy in combination with the performance of international contracts for climate protection </li></ul><ul><li>Climate and environment protection leads to a higher quality of life </li></ul><ul><li>Coorporate image benefits through a responsible energy and climate policy </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating the e5 into city marketing activities </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulation of investment especially on the local and regional level </li></ul>
  33. 33. Chance & Benefits - Networking <ul><li>Involvement of committed citizens and interest groups in energy policy planning and decision making process </li></ul><ul><li>Qualification of employees in the municipal departements and support through the e5-network in planning and realising measures </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the know-how and experience of leading energy communities and municipalities throughout Europe (regional, national, pan-european; special co-operations & partnerships) </li></ul><ul><li>To enhance the internal structures and processes of all energy-relevant categories in the community (planning – realisation – evaluation, systematic review, control of success) </li></ul>
  34. 34. Chance & Benefits – Certification & Awarding <ul><li>Appropriate steering and controlling instrument for local energy policy </li></ul><ul><li>Benchmarking with other communities </li></ul><ul><li>External, independent audit of the achievements in the field of energy </li></ul><ul><li>Award for municipal achievements in two award categories </li></ul><ul><li>Successful dissemination of the „energy-activities“ through an international known assessment and award </li></ul>
  35. 35. THE priscription for communal energy-policy Thanks for paying attention! Warning: This programme suits to sustainability and can change your energy-policy! Contact: Helmut Strasser Tel.: 0043 662 623455 Mail: [email_address] Web: www.e5-gemeinden.at
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