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2nd issue of LiCEA newsletter


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2nd issue of LiCEA newsletter

  1. 1. Life Cycle based Energy Audit 2nd issue of newsletter November 2013 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF
  2. 2. Introduction Dear readers, you are holding already second issue of LiCEA project Newsletter. Following pages will be informing you about project´s progress. Project partner from Poland National Energy Conservation Agency will be presented as a main Creator of LiCEA tool. You will be familiar also with common partnership activities as for example 2nd project meeting in Sárvár, Hungary. What we did during meeting in Sárvár, what are the outputs and follow-up activities - you will find the answers in this issue of newsletter as well. As we promised in the first issue of newsletter, it´s our pleasure to invite you on LiCEA official website on the address:, where you can find all relevant information and even more. You are most welcomed. If you are interested in national legislations concerning energy efficiency, you will be interested in overview from Lower Austria region in the conclusion. We firmly hope you will enjoy reading LiCEA newsletter and in case you would like to know more information which you can not find, do not hesitate to contact us on official LiCEA website or directly through contacts on last page of this newsletter. LiCEA Project Partners 14 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF
  3. 3. Content Project progress 4 Project meeting in Sárvár, Hungary 7 Presentation of NAPE 9 Overview of the energy efficiency law in Lower Austria 11 Contacts 13 14 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF
  4. 4. Project progress LiCEA Guidance ellaboration “ The simplification of anything is always sensational”: if the aphorism of the English writer Gilbert Keith Chesterton is true, it means that the LiCEA target is ambitious, significant and arduous. This is the first sentence of the LiCEA "Guidance" document, elaborated by the project partners during the summer 2013, as result of the work of the first part of the project (study about the state of the art in energy auditing and LCA, stakeholder map, local surveys, industrial district selection and training seminar on information exchange in Sàrvàr during the second partnership Meeting). The first sentence summarizes and explains how difficult it is to simplify a complex activities as energy and LCA auditing are and put them together consistently in a single procedure. But the LiCEA Guidance document tries to give this solution, suggesting a new approach and a new methodology to obtain useful information for the SMEs in fast and easy way to monitor its efficiency, consumption and progresses. Picture: President Barack Obama tours the University of Miami Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) in Miami, Florida, Feb. 23, 2012. The IAC is institution where students learn how to become industrial energy-efficiency experts as they help small and mid-sized manufacturers reduce their energy costs. | Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy. 14 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF 4
  5. 5. Project progress LiCEA Guidance ellaboration T he Guidance describes the LCA system boundaries, which kind of data need to be collected, which level of definition and quality has to be assured, and the general methodology for the data elaboration in order to find the output indicators about energy and environmental impact. The LiCEA Guidance is a first step of the development of the LiCEA "Tool" for a "Simplified Energy Audit in LCA perspective" for SMEs in Regional districts (clusters). The next phases for the development of LiCEA tool are the definition of the LiCEA "Requirements" that will describe the procedure in detail, and the software development that will be realized by the beginning of 2014. In the spring 2014 the test of theLiCEA tool will start with the application to the first SMEs, to arrive at the end of 2014 with 200 tests completed involving 6 different industrial clusters in 5 Central European countries. The main phases of the LiCEA scheme: Up-stream Company Energy audit Down-stream 14 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF 5
  6. 6. Project progress LiCEA tool creation P roject is currently in its f i r s t h a l f o f implementation. The works on the draft LiCEA tool are in progress. Project partners have agreed on the methodology of the analytic tool development, data collection procedure, and data processing. The tasks have been defined and distributed among involved experts. Energy auditors are already performing 5 audits per cluster to gather specific data for the tool. It is crucial for starting the work on the tool, to have results from first audits performed in all chosen sectors/clusters and these will be ready by the end of November 2013. The selected sectors are following: The chosen SMEs from these sectors will get a free energy audit, showing energy saving opportunities with identified measures. Specific results of the energy audit are i.e. energy consumption [kWh], GHG emissions [kg], energy cost [€], other consumption as water, in relation to LCA core output indicators. The SMEs will see their output indicators: upstream, core, and downstream outputs. Most importantly, practical advice on specific energy and cost saving measures will be given to SMEs free of charge. źmeat processing źbakery źhosiery źmechanical źplastics źwood processing 14 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF 6
  7. 7. 2nd project meeting in Sárvár, Hungary B etween the 22nd and 24th of May 2013 the 2 n d L i C E A Transnational Partners Meeting was held in Sárvár Park Inn Hotel, organized by the Hungarian project partner, Pannon Business Network Association (PBN) with the participation of several international actors. Hungarian, Italian, Croatian, Austrian, Polish and Slovak energy experts and s p e c i a l i s t s participated at the LiCEA project meeting and after that the Training Seminar and study visit. T h e meeting was not only an excellent occasion for networking but it also served a platform for international experience exchange related to energy audits, just as a discussion of practical application of energy saving solutions. During the Training Seminar the specialists presented the national regulations and legislation related to the field of energetic and energy auditing (concerning the participating countries) as well as LCA (Life-Cycle Assessment), as a relevant part of the project and related to national/regional best practices. During the Round table discussion the partners and the external participants shared their experiences with each other about the legislation and p r a c t i c a l implementation. The external participants represented the following 2 international projects: č ERASME (Intelligent Energy Europe) č INNOSPIRIT (AT - HU Cross border Cooperation) 14 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF 7
  8. 8. Second project meeting in Sárvár, Hungary T he post-meeting study visits to Park Inn Hotel and Wellness Spa in Sárvár offered a variety of alternative energy saving solutions for the participants, because they could watch the energy systems during on-site-visit. After the 2nd transnational partners meeting, on the 24th of June 2013 in Szombathely, a press conference was held, where PBN's project manager, Adrienn Németh presented the objectives of LiCEA project, the technical activities during the project lifetime, the expected results as well as the experiences from the project meeting. 14 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF 8
  9. 9. N ational Energy Conservation Agency - NAPE is a Polish energy consulting company, popularizing efficient and rational energy usage, above all in the building sector, and the principles of sustainable development. The company currently has 14 full-time employees and cooperates with about 30 experts on a project basis. NAPE cooperates with the Energy Conservation Foundation (FPE), Association of Energy Auditors, multiple foreign partners, and is the founding member of Country-wide Association ”Energy and environment conservation” (SAPE - Polska), which associates regional energy conservation agencies. NAPE's experts possess longterm experience in the field of energy efficiency promotion, renewable energy sources implementation, international cooperation in the area of innovative energy technologies and sustainable development, and participation in European Commission's programs. 14 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF 9
  10. 10. N ational Energy Conservation Agency performs studies, provides consultancy, and realizes projects in all energy sectors. NAPE is committed to resolving energy supply problems and modernizing energy systems on both supply and demand sides, serves municipalities, companies, enterprises and budgetary units, as well as building owners. NAPE also acts as a verifier of energy efficiency projects financed by diverse financial institutions, like European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Global Environmental Facility, Polish National Fund for Environment Protection. In the LiCEA project NAPE is coordinating the development of the LiCEA tool supporting life cycle based energy audit in SMEs. The map shows location of NAPE headquarters (NAPE logo), its regional representatives (red dots) and co-operating SAPE-Polska members (green dots). 14 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF 10
  11. 11. Overview of the energy efficiency law in Lower Austria (2012) T he resolution was made on the 17th November 2011 and it came into force in spring 2012. It contains the guideline 2006/32/EG from the 5th of April 2006 on energy efficiency and energy services. Like declared in the 15a agreement, Lower Austria takes its part of the union-goal. The Lower Austria action plan is in force till 1st February 2014. Goals of the law are the cost effective raising of energy efficiency and definition of framework conditions to make efficient energy-use possible (e.g. compulsive energy monitoring and authorised energy agents in municipalities). Overall energy services like energy consulting are offered in order to raise energy efficiency. Lower Austria assists companies, private persons as well as municipalities. Municipalities will be supported by database and program for energy monitoring. An Energy fund was created in order to have financial advancement possibilities. This fund is financed by Lower Austria, punishments and other revenues (like auction returns from Emission trades law 2012). Money from this fund is spent for energy consulting, invested in efficiency and advanced training on energy efficiency. The consulting has to be done by independent organisations. 14 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF 11
  12. 12. The nationwide energy efficiency law in Lower Austria part including the companies says: M edium and big enterprises have to install an energy management system (EnMS) according to the directives EN16001 or ISO50001. They have to get certified or at least have to arrange an extern energy audit every three years. Its necessary to set efficiency measures, install an EnMS or execute extern energy audits and communicate those actions to the national energy efficiency department. Smaller companies that do not install an EnMS have to execute an energy consulting unit every four years. It is necessary to execute the measurements that are mentioned in the consulting report. In addition, the set of the measurements has to be communicated to the national energy efficiency department. If the companies do not want to set this measurements they have the possibility to get certificates according to §18 that have to be organised in the necessary amount. Companies with less than 10 employees or with annual turnover less than 2 million EUR do not have to install EnMS or execute extern audits. 14 The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF 12
  13. 13. Contact us LiCEA Province of Mantova - LEAD PARTNER Via Principe Amedeo 30, 46100 Mantova, Italy Contact person: Roberto Grassi, AGIRE Piazza Sordello, 43, 46100 Mantova, Italy Contact person: Massimiliano Musci, EAR Prague Hans-Kudlich-Straße 2, 3830 Waidhofen an der Thaya, Austria Contact person: Markus Hödl, PBN Bratislava 32-36 Zanati Rd., H-9700 Szombathely, Hungary Contact person: Adrienn Németh, NAPE Swietokrzyska 20, 00-002 Warsaw, Poland Contact person: Andrzej Rajkiewicz, AIEC Jelačičova 8, 821 08 Bratislava, Slovakia Contact person: Tina Igličar,