Stimulating SEAP development in Wielkopolska Region (PL)

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Target audience

Municipalities in Wielkopolska, representatives of the regional authority UMWW and of the regional energy agency WAZE, representative of the national authority, and other stakeholders from consultancy, research and financial sector.

Overview

The scope of the workshop was to build capacities of authorities and related stakeholders in the Wielkopolska Region to design and implement sustainable energy actions. It was organised in joint cooperation of the regional authority in the Marshal Office UMWW, the regional energy agency WAZE and EC Network and took place in Poznan, 17-18 October 2012.

Eight municipalities in Wielkopolska (municipalities of: Golina, Szamotuly, Czarnkow, Lubasz, Krotoszyn, Kalisz, Przykona, Poznan), one representative of the regional authority UMWW, four representatives of the regional energy agency WAZE and around 10 other stakeholders (consultants, researchers or from the financial sector) participated the workshop.

Stimulating SEAP activity in Wielkopolska 

A regional SEAP developed under the ENNEREG project, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, is to provide a framework of sustainable energy in Wielkopolska. Marek Beer, Director at the regional authority UMWW, presented the regional SEAP that is in its final stage of preparation. It is made in cooperation with researchers, consultants, stakeholders and energy agencies and compiles data of investments, potential of renewable energy sources in the region. Not least the regional SEAP gives directions on the planned activities until 2020 with focus on buildings, transport, public procurement, green public procurement, energy production, urban and spatial planning.

Next representatives of the regional energy agency WAZE gave stimulus on how the region’s municipalities can meet the challenge of a sustainable energy development, including fulfilling the requirements of the Covenant of Mayors if desiring to join. 

Zdzisław Czucha, Mayor of Koscierzyna in Pomerania region, followed up with a very inspiring speech on why this municipality of some 24,000 inhabitants in north part of Poland decided to join the CoM and how it via enthusiasm and hard work managed to design a SEAP and subsequently been able to harvest the fruits in form of projects to bring down the energy costs and improving the life quality of the citizens.

EC Network supplemented this with the EU dimension showing why so many cities around Europe decided to join the CoM and good practice on how cities can design and implement SEAP actions.

Based on this stimulus followed an interesting tour de table discussion among the workshop participants on their specific thoughts and motivations to engage in sustainable energy activity.

SEAP implementation

Day 2 of the workshop was dedicated to how to manage the step from SEAP planning to the implementation of SEAP actions. The themes were:

 Green Public Procurement/GPP:  Clayton Reklewski Louis-Jean from KAPE made an intervention of how the promising concept GPP can be a tool for local authorities. The main point was to explain national and EU policies in the field and how to integrate GPP in SEAP actions

 Biogas: The regional SEAP witness of a good biogas potential in the region and exploiting this offers great prospects for municipalities and business. Prof. Jacek Dach,Poznań University of Life Sciences, made a review of this potential and what type of biogas solutions that are most feasible to opt for 

 Sustainable transport: Andrzej Rajkiewicz from NAPE presented the European Local Transport Information Service (ELTIS), Europe's largest portal on urban transport and mobility. The key purpose was to make aware of European best practices in the field and how the concept can be taken up by Polish cities

 Energy performance contracting/EPC: Szymon Liszka from FEWE introduced the EPC/ESCO concept that is not yet frequently used in Poland. One reason is that energy savings are often not “visible” in the municipal budget planning and there are difficulties in assessing the impact of energy saving measures. The International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) is an instrument to help on this 

 Financing sources: Krzysztof Mączkowski represented the Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (WFOŚiGW) and explained the financing sources of this fund. Further was a review of the regional Operational Programme (Structural Funds) including the perspective of the upcoming programming period 2014-2020. The main areas being: thermo-modernisation of public buildings and RES investments (all kinds). 

Links for more information

http://regions202020.eu/cms/home/pioneers/wielkopolska

www.eltis.org

www.permanent-project.eu

Venue

17
Oct

Wielkopolska Region , Poland

Event website: http://www.managenerg...

Contacts:

Name: Nils Daaurgard
Telephone: n/a
Email: nda@ecnetwork.dk