Launch of ePLANET project to accelerate the Energy Transition in European municipalitie

by | Sep 29, 2021 | News

The European ePLANET project will use a new clustering governance strategy together with the most innovative tools in artificial intelligence and big data to boost Energy Transition Plans at the municipal level.

One of the main challenges to achieve the Energy Transition objectives is to improve the coordination between local authorities and regional governments in order to optimise the decision-making process, coherence and consistency of the deployment of SECAPs (Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans) and the implementation of ETMs (Energy Transition Measures) in towns and cities. ePLANET will respond to this challenge by fostering the digitalisation and harmonization of ETMs, SECAPs and all the energy data available in dispersed data sources, and promoting an innovative cluster-based  multi-governance of public authorities, thus enabling an ecosystem of shared data and tools to support decision-making on energy transition.

The ePLANET project will allow the massive data collection of successful experiences in Energy Transition Measures, making the data, measures and plans implemented comparable at European level and also compatible with regional and national plans. This will improve decision-making (more informed, more transparent and faster), contributing to the improvement of monitoring and verification systems. In this way, the aim is to contribute to an efficient planning for decarbonisation plans throughout the territory, including deployment of renewable energy sources and reduction of energy consumption in sectors such as mobility, buildings and the industrial sector.

The proof of concept -ensuring correct deployment of tools and effective focus on the  real needs of public authorities- will be developed and validated in three pilot regions: Girona region (Catalonia, Spain), Crete island (Greece) and Zlín region (Czech Republic). Following validation, the outcomes will be scaled up at national level and replicated in other EU regions. 

The ePLANET project has a three year duration and a consortium comprising 10 EU organizations: CIMNE (ES, coordinator), Catalan Energy Institute (ES), CRES (GR), FEDARENE (BE), ICLEI (DE), Girona region government (ES), Regional Development Fund of Crete (GR),  Energy Agency of the Zlín Region (CZ), LIMA – Low Impact Mediterranean Architecture association (ES) and THREE O’CLOCK consultancy (FR).