Activities of CAMS Platform: Energy efficiency measures such as renovation of buildings can address some of the vulnerabilities to climate change impacts and also counteract the increased energy demand, such as climate proofing buildings against extreme weather events using solar engineering, carbon neutral refurbishment materials, cool or green roofs; switching to distributed generation secures simultaneously climate change adaptation.
Aim of the CAMS platform is to learn from existing projects and facilitate, how energy efficiency measures could be co-used for increasing resilience of housing and services sector. CAMS platform develops macroregional database for energy audits, standardizes and verifies energy performance criteria for buildings and develops guidance on achieving synergy between climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Renovating the housing stock to meet energy efficiency criteria, energy audits need to be delivered in higher quality and lower cost to reach maximum optimal energy savings. As methods and energy efficiency standards differ in BSR countries, similarly the energy auditing frameworks and methods in dynamic environments, harmonization and standardization can improve the energy auditing in general. Benchmarking and visualization tools on energy auditing which covers in addition mitigation also adaptation targets will be developed for the whole BSR. Based on the comprehensive database tool, the energy auditing method will be tested by the partners in several countries participating in the project platform. A common database tool and unified method for energy auditing as well as upgraded qualification programme on housing refurbishment advances mitigation and adaptation qualities implementing energy efficiency policies in the Baltic Sea Region. In regard policy support, CAMS Platform facilitates integrative cross-sectorial policy discussions and alignment of policies in the BSR countries, including mainstreaming of climate change mitigation and adaptation into construction, housing and service sector policies. The platform promotes the best practices and innovative methodologies of multiple BSR and pan-european energy efficiency project.
CAMS platform brings together knowledge and experience from following projects funded by:
Baltic Sea Interreg program projects:
- Effect4Buildings project develops in collaboration with public building managers a comprehensive decision-making support toolbox with a set of financial instruments to unlock the investments and lower the risks of implementing energy efficiency measures (retrofitting, upgrading and deep renovation) in buildings owned by public stakeholders.
- LowTemp project “Low Temperature District Heating for the Baltic Sea Region” will make the district heating supply in the partner regions more sustainable and promote the installation of so-called 4th generation district heating networks. These systems are characterised by the transfer of lower temperature heat in optimally insulated pipes with reduced pipe dimensions. At the same time, multiple heat supply options are possible in these systems, i.e. the use of waste heat from industrial processes as well as renewable heat sources like geothermal and solar-thermal.
- Area 21 project seeks to model energy efficient urban areas of the future, adopting collaborative stakeholder engagement processes in the strategic planning and implementation of energy solutions. AREA 21 brings together public authorities, energy providers, property owners and citizens to find and apply the best solutions for saving energy to decrease CO2 emissions.
- CO2Community project mission is to facilitate community energy project development as part of a transition to renewable energy sources. To achieve this they provide knowledge, develop tools, and organise stakeholder meetings. Co2mmunity will also work on ‘Bringing Community Energy on the socio-political Agenda’, which will result in bringing the political support from national government.
- ActNow project wants to support Baltic municipalities to succeed from Strategic Energy Action Plans to an actual reduction of CO2 emissions. The project’s aim is to help municipal staff involved in energy efficiency measures by improving their knowledge about energy losses, competences for preparing investments, and skills to stimulate private investments in energy efficiency,
- SUMBA project will develop and test tools that help urban and transport planners to assess, plan, and integrate intermodal mobility solutions into transport plans and policies of their cities and municipalities.
- BEA-APP project aims at increasing the capacity of regional and renewable energy planning actors by spatial planning instruments targeting renewable energy development, stakeholder involvement methods and financing systems to increase social acceptance.
- RDI2CluB project aim is to support smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of the bioeconomy in rural areas of the Baltic Sea region. RDI2CluB aims to help innovation actors apply EU smart specialisation approaches to their specific field and region. The transnational partnership and network of the project plans to, for instance, support new business development in rural areas and create bio-business hubs to improve innovation management.
Horizon 2020 program projects:
- HERON project aims at facilitating policy makers of multi-level governance in EU, to develop and monitor energy efficiency policies in building and transport sectors, through forward-looking socio-economic research in seven EU and one candidate countries.
- SIM4NEXUS project aims to address knowledge and technology gaps and thereby facilitate the design of policies within the Nexus (water-energy-land-food and climate). The project will deliver a Serious Game, a cloud-based, integrated tool for testing and evaluating policy decisions.
- ENLARGE project aims to generate and disseminate shared, structured and constructive knowledge on participatory governance through an intense process of dialogue and communication among policy makers, civil society actors and practitioners. The focus is on sustainable energy and, more generally, on all the solutions aimed at generating efficient and effective public services and endowments.
- PANEL 2050 project aims to create durable and replicable sustainable energy networks at local level, where relevant stakeholders collaborate for the creation of a energy visions, strategies and action plans for the transition towards low carbon communities in 2050.
EuropeAid program project:
- ACREE project aims to show how we can refurbish old residential panel buildings into more efficient buildings. Project will develop recommendations and demonstrate good practice on how to improve energy efficiency in residential buildings. Project want to inform residents about what they can do to save energy.
- State-of-the-art report on energy auditing
- Database of energy audits on housing renovations and service sector
- Policy recommendations of energy auditing
- Qualification programme on energy efficient refurbishment of apartment buildings
- Report on combining climate adaptation measures within energy efficiency projects in BSR
- Guidelines for climate proofing energy efficiency projects in BSR
- Policy recommendations for mainstreaming climate into ESIF 2021-2027
- Tartu Regional Energy Agency, Estonia
- County Administrative Board of Dalarna, Sweden
- Permanent International Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, Sweden
- Ministry of Economics of Latvia, Latvia
- Foundation of Energy Saving in Gdansk, Poland
- Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia, Latvia
- Baltic Environmental Forum Germany, Germany
- Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre, Estonia
- Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia
Platform website: http://trea.ee/cams/
Platform coordinator: Antti Roose, TREA, (email@example.com, +372 5332 8233)
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