GREENCYCLE - Introducing circular economy system to Alpine Space to achieve low-carbon targets
Cities and regions in Alpine Space have mainly set their low-carbon objectives and adopted relevant strategies in energy, mobility, construction etc. – however a cross-sectoral approach is missing. The project GREENCYCLE aims to intro-duce the system of circular economy as a holistic approach to support implementation of low-carbon strategies and pro-vide additional 2-4 % greenhouse emission reduction to the partner cities.
Circular economy deployment will save energy, water, re-cover critical raw materials, reduce transport, boost the eco-innovation, create green jobs and benefit to low income citizens. Cities as biggest emissions producers and biggest energy and materials consumers will play the pioneering role by developing circular economy implementation strategies.
CESBA MED Sustainable MED Cities
Energy efficiency improvement is a key strategy to reduce the environmental impact of public buildings. Energy efficient measures and their implementation at neighbourhood level (i.e. district heating, PV installations, etc) are showing clearly that a building scale approach is not optimal in reaching significant and cost-effective improvements. Groups of buildings offer remarka-ble potentials for synergies.
However at neighbourhood scale, decision making processes and the design of the intervention are more complex. CESBA MED intends to find the most affordable and operational solutions for the development of energy efficiency plans at neighbourhood scale.
CESBA Alps - CESBA ALPINE SPACE – SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIES
While sustainability assessment tools are already well-established for buildings and small urban areas, such tools do not yet exist for the built environment at the level of terri-tories. CESBA Alps aims to improve the sustainability of the Alpine built environment through the development of the first assessment tool at territorial scale, which will be contextual-ized to regional specificities.
Through objective criteria and performance indicators ad-dressing all dimensions of sustainability, the tool will support the sustainability assessment of a territory, the definition of objective performance targets, the decision making in plan-ning processes and the implementation and monitoring of effective low carbon policies.
The CESBA Alps project is part of the transnational CESBA-initiative, ensuring the durability and transferability of results across Alpine space regions.
ViSiBLE - Valorization of Sustainable Alpine Space nearly zero-energy Building and Low-carbon Experiences
The project promotes a holistic, lifecycle and neighbourhood-oriented approach for sustainable public building assessment. Within the building sector, the public administration can and should play an exemplary role in the promotion of an integrated perspective on nearly zero-energy buildings. However, the plethora and mismatch of building regulations at EU and national levels leads to considerable administrative burdens and to a very fragmented sustainable construction market. Many regions in the Alpine Space have accumulated excellent know-how in this field, pand are now able to contribute to positioning the Alpine Space as thematic leader on EU level. This project will focus on strategic policy development from an Alpine perspective and will make achievements visible for stakeholders. It will identify results and successes of selected projects and highlight the capacities, needs and gaps on a transnational level for the programming of the ASP 2014+.
CABEE - 'Capitalizing Alpine Building Evaluation Experiences
CABEE aims at creating and implementing a common guideline for planning, procurement, production, assessment and promotion as well as to learn about new and refurbished Nearly-Zero-Emission-Buildings (nZEBs) and their neighbourhoods. CABEE capitalizes wisdom from finished and on-going EU-projects in and outside the Alpine Space. It focuses on a mass oriented approach with low entry barriers and an on-going Open-Source support, the CESBA Wiki.
Pilot activities are settled on public tendering, user behaviour and an eco-assessment approach toward 100%. The integration of micro smart energy grids will be explored and furthermore, markets for nZEBs will be prepared, especially in cooperation with public authorities and SMEs. Established "Regional Operation Committees” supported by a transnational sustainable network of experts will make that possible.
CEC5 - Demonstration of energy efficiency and utilisation of renewable energy sources through public buildings
CEC5 promotes energy efficiency in central Europe through application in public buildings. The central Europe is a highly urbanized area with a huge stock of existing public and private buildings with low energy efficiency. Great efforts are necessary to overcome the problem of energy consumption. To reach the goal of a nearly-zero energy demand buildings there is a great need for new techniques, methodologies and investments. The overall objective of the project CEC5 is the promotion of energy efficiency and exploitation of renewable energy sources through application in public buildings. At EU level, the Directive 2009/28/EC on Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and the Proposal on the Recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2002/91/EC) define the framework for related actions for the next years in the fields of RES and energy efficiency (EE). The project directly addresses all these elements in a combined way.
ENERBUILD - ENergy Efficiency and Renewable energies inthe BUILDing Sector
ENERBUILD focused on strengthening SMEs in the building sector because of their great importance as employers in the Alpine Space valleys. New developments and changes concerning building the technique of ESAP (Energy saving and producing) buildings require cross-sectorial networks and collaborations of SMEs. Because of the increasing complexity in this field, there is the need for customers, especially public builders, to have a better basis for decision-making.
The key topics of the project were:
- Providing latest technical know-how for craftsmen and architects.
- Developing tools for public builders, which act as decision guidance.
- Providing customers with innovative financing tools concerning the energy production of buildings
All in all, the craftsmen were supported in this period of change and the demand for ecological building was raised. To reach these objectives, the PPs from transnational expert groups and their results were implemented in pilot actions .
NENA - Network Enterprise Alps - Enhancing sustainable development, competitiveness and innovation through SME and cluster co-operation
NENA intends to build an Alpine-wide network of SMEs. The exchange of know-how, the initiation of co-operations, the offer of training as well as image enhancing measures for SMEs are the tasks of this network. NENA will contribute to a better use of existing co-operation potentials by mobilising synergies within and between the different economic sectors.
NENA is concentrating on two core fields:
- „Renewable Resources“ with the clusters “Value added chain of wood”; “Energy from renewable resources”; “Saving energy – passive house”
- Crossing Functions “Innovation and Technology”: Innovation management; Education and training; Process optimisation and certification; Interface management
The network will support sustainable development while taking the social, ecological and economic aspects into account. By strengthening clusters and co-operations between urban and rural areas NENA helps to attenuate the increasing polarisation between strong urban areas and less favoured regions.