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Central Europe has a high potential for deploying local and regional energy systems based on renewable energy generation and energy conservation but it is important to trigger bottom up initiatives improving energy efficiency approaches. Attention is being paid to the improvement of energy efficiency (EE) of existing buildings as they are accountable for large electric power consumption with an annual growth rate of around 4 percent. It is one of the major challenges for public authorities to reduce energy in existing public buildings without significant construction works. Therefore, public authorities need to be equipped with simple but useful tools and methodologies for proper energy management. The BOOSTEE-CE (Boosting Energy Efficiency in Central European Cities through Smart Energy Management) project aims to improve the governance of EE in existing public buildings and ultimately reduce energy consumption in different central European areas, especially those less advanced in low carbon approach. The project will thus developed an online platform ("OnePlace") to perform energy audit of public building and monitor and improve energy floods.
The BOOSTEE-CE project, funded by Interreg Central Europe programme, has 13 partners (7 countries in Central Europe: Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland) and 2 associated partners. The total budget of the project is 2.2 Mil Eur.
The project features 8 pilot actions (PA) which will support the testing and evaluation of the project activities and outcomes. The platform will rely on 3D building models and energy information provided by smart meters.
See project Final Booklet (May 2020).
BOOSTEE-CE teams-up with other two Interreg-CE project, TOGETHER and CitiEnGov, signing a cooperation agreement to share best practices, guidelines and data as well as to join partners events. All three projects are funded under the "Low Carbon Cities and Regions" priority of Interreg-CE and they try to support public sector and administrations in Central Europe making them increasing their energy efficiency in public buildings.
Project transnational trainings on "OnePlace platform", "Energy planning for boosting public building energy efficiency" and "Finding a suitable funding source and financing model for energy efficiency" were held in Warsaw (Poland) on 30.9–1.10.2019 and Bled (Slovenia) on 17-18.10.2019.
See the video of the training activities.
Relevant scientific publications:
- A. Nowacka and F. Remondino, 2018: Geospatial data for energy and low carbon cities - overview, experiences and new perspectives. ISPRS Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., Vol. XLII-4, pp. 467-474
Research institutes: FBK Trento, Italy (coordinator); EZVD, Slovenia;
Energy agencies: EAZK, Czech Republic; REAN, Croatia; MAE, Poland; EAO, Austria;
Development agencies: TCDA, Hungary; EUWT/NOVUM, Poland
Public authorities: Emilia-Romagna region, Italy; Velenje municipality, Slovenia; Koprivnica municipality, Croatia; Judenburg municipality, Austria; Plonsk municipality, Poland; Zlin municipality, Czech Republic; Tolna municipality, Hungary.