Freitag, 9. Januar 2015

Happy New Year to all PLEEC project partners and readers of this blog!

After a relaxed Christmas beak we are now starting refreshed and motivated into the New Year 2015!
The last PLEEC project year was full of interesting events and great initiatives. Let´s have a short review of what has happened...

In springtime we spent several days in Turku, Finland, where our second project workshop took place. As the preliminary results of Work Package 2 (“Smart City Profiles”) were already available, the main objective of the meeting was to reach a common understanding of the further actions and objectives of Work Packages 3-5 and a common base for the work plans and activities within these Work Packages. Accompanied by several study visits, we gained a deeper insight into how energy efficiency is being realized in Turku. 

During early summer time, Work Package 2 was officially finalized. The focus of this Work Package - led by Vienna University of Technology - was on generating “Smart City Profiles” of our six partner cities Eskilstuna, Santiago de Compostela, Jyväskylä, Turku, Stoke-on-Trent and Tartu. All reports can now be downloaded from the PLEEC website. 
Based on this foundation, Work Packages 3, 4 and 5 are currently working actively on benchmarking energy efficiency measures and issuing recommendations for improving energy efficiency from the technology (WP3), planning (WP4) and behavioral (WP5) side.

Furthermore and apart from our joint project meetings all city partners organized their first Local Dialogue Forum - dialogue creating meetings with industry, public bodies, citizens and the local partners involved - in the run of 2014.
Topics ranged from savings and energy efficiency measures in buildings (Santiago de Compostela), technology innovations (Eskilstuna), needs and opportunities for improving energy efficiency in cities (Jyväskylä), project alliances in extensive public real estate and construction projects and service procurement (Turku), the local energy efficiency study (Stoke-on-Trent) and status and trends of energy efficiency in Tartu (Tartu).

The Executive Board Meeting, consisting of all Work Package leaders and the project coordinator, met physically (apart from their monthly Skype Meetings) in Vienna in October 2014. The project´s half-time reporting was one of the main issues to discuss among the project members.

And last but not least, the 2nd Energy Efficiency Forum took place - this time in Copenhagen, Europe´s green capital of the year 2014! On 29 october 2014 - in the framework of “Building Green” fair - we welcomed representatives from the academic sector, industry, authorities, practitioners and the general public to learn about and discuss with us possible solutions on how to successfully transfer Best Available Practices to other cities.