|Title||European Public Local Authorities’ Network for driving the Energy Transition|
|Start date||01/09/2021||End date:||31/08/2024|
|Program||H2020||Grant Agreement ID: 101032450||View Cordis file card|
|Subprogram||Societal Challenges – Secure, clean & efficient energy|
ePLANET is a three-years project where in the first year will develop a proof of concept over three regional pilots (Catalunya, Crete and Czech Rep) to ensure the correct deployment of developed tools and to cover the real needs of public authorities in the energy transition. During the following periods, the ePLANET initiative will be extended and implemented along Europe. To ensure the new regions and local authorities’ engagement the project will leverage existing initiatives (CoM and ManageEnergy) in which the project partners, ICLEI and FEDARENE, have a hard influence and very important prior involvement.
The project will start on 27 and 28 September in the city of Girona where the partners will meet to organise the tasks and discuss key aspects of the project.
The European ePLANET project will use the most innovative tools in artificial intelligence and Big Data to leverage and exploit the available energy data, with the aim of massively boosting Energy Transition Plans at the municipal level.
One of the principal challenges to reaching targets of the Energy Transition (ET) is to improve the coordination between local authorities and regional governments with the aim to enhance decision-making process, coherence and consistency of the implementation of energy efficiency measures. ePLANET will meet this challenge by encouraging the digitalization of measures and plans enabling an interoperable ecosystem of data and tools supporting energy transition decision making, putting it into practice from the public sector.
ePLANET builds on an existing infrastructure enabling massive data gathering, making the data and measures comparable and interoperable with existing local initiatives (CoM) and regional/national plans, analysing this data and offering relevant results to key stakeholders. This will support better (more informed, more transparent and faster) decision-making, contributing to improved monitoring and verification schemes. Enabling interoperability across the local and regional authorities to joint application of the energy efficiency measures favouring more efficient use of public spending.
COORDINATED ENERGY TRANSITION ACTIONS
ePLANET will deploy and validate the proof of concept -ensuring correct development of tools and effective focus on real needs of public authorities- in three pilot regions in Girona province (Spain), Zlín region (Czech Republic) and Crete island (Greece) during the first half of the project.
During the second half of the project, ePLANET will extend the service to other regions in the pilot country and within the European Union.
The project consortium is composed of 10 partners from 6 countries, 4 of which are Catalan: the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), as general and technical coordinator of the project; the Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN) and the Girona Provincial Council, as building data providers and responsible for the Catalan pilot; and the LIMA association, as a consultant in innovative energy solutions and responsible for the communication and dissemination of the project.
The project also includes the Regional Development Fund of Crete and the Centre for Renewable Energy and Saving (CRES) from Greece, the European Federation of Energy and Environment Agencies and Regions, the European Network of Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the Energy Agency of the Region of Zlín (Czech Republic) and Three O’clock (France).
ePLANET has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Secure, Clean & Energy Efficiency