Energy Vision 2020 for South East European Cities (EnVision'2020)
Energy Vision 2020 for South East European Cities
Start date: Nov 30, 2012,
End date: Nov 29, 2014
The need to improve resource efficiency is at the heart of the EU agenda. This is evidenced both by the energy and pollution targets set, as well as the Resource-Efficient Europe flagship initiative, within the Europe 2020 strategy. In many countries win South East Europe, the energy intensity of countries is among the highest in Europe. Since these countries are expected to economically converge with European averages over time (GDP per capita) the correlative link between energy use and economic growth indicates that energy use in this region is likely to increase at above average rates. Envision2020 is based on the assumption that the energy elasticity (the ratio of the change in energy consumption to the change in GDP) of target cities can be modified based on forward looking approaches, in particular by undertaking foresight activities focusing on energy resources consumption. It does this by: -Analysing the energy sector and energy resources consumption in the target cities against EU priorities as well as legislation and institutions responsible for the development and implementation of energy strategy; -Identifying key technologies essential to improving the efficiency of energy resource consumption in cities; -Identifying and developing innovative new financial instruments to support RES and new forms of energy in collaboration with business and financial sector representatives; -The production of technology roadmaps and high-level meetings to endorse the roadmaps and develop policy recommendations to local and national levels; -The hosting of mutual learning workshops which allow for the identification and development of common vision for energy resources consumption as well as the development of joint policy priorities in order to share experiences, practices and successes in achieving their energy objectives. The main results include individual technology roadmaps, policy implementation plans and joint energy priorities for the SEE partner cities as well as recommendations to relevant EU institutions. Achievements: The project was based on the assumption that the energy consumption patterns of the target cities had not been optimized, and aimed to identify the steps that would be needed in order to bring about this positive change. It considered the present energy dynamics of the target cities, and considered what a desirable energy consumption pattern might look like in 2030. Filling in the specific actions to get ‘from here to there’ included:• An analysis of the energy resources consumption patterns in the target cities while considering EU targets, as well as the mapping of legislation and institutions charged with the development of energy strategy; • The identification of key technologies determined to be essential for the more efficient use of energy resources; • The identification and development of financial instruments to support renewable energy systems in collaboration with the business and financial sector; • The development of technology roadmaps, and the validation of these roadmaps at high-level meetings, which include policy recommendations to the local and national levels; • The organization of mutual learning workshops to facilitate the formation of a common vision and joint policy priorities among the target cities. This allowed for the sharing of experiences and practice in order to most fully realize these energy objectives.
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