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