Energee Watch is a network of organisations that exchange on the collection, monitoring, and dissemination of climate and energy data at the local and regional levels. The project builds on the Covenant of Mayors SECAP guidelines and was set up to assist cities and regions with implementing, monitoring, and verifying sustainable policies and climate action. Energee Watch Training begins June 11th for those that have registered for the first cycle. Registration for the first cycle is unfortunately closed.
When working towards targets such as the Horizon 2020 targets, policies are ordinarily set at the national level and Monitoring & Verification (M&V) is often not possible. This is because Local Authorities have varying levels of skills and abilities in planning, implicating, and monitoring. As a result, the European effort is a disjointed one with local restrictions impeding progress. Energee Watch (Funded by Horizon 2020) looks to overcome these issues. It is a peer-to-peer learning programme for cities and regions to timely and actively define, monitor, and verify sustainable energy and climate action. Energee Watch brings on several experienced regional energy agencies, a European network of cities, a not-for-profit- research organisation, and a university.
The main goals of Energee Watch are:
- Share experiences and best practices in data collection, monitoring, verification, and dissemination of energy and climate data amongst GHG monitoring organizations, local and regional authorities.
- Build capacity of regional authorities in monitoring and verification practices for adaptation and mitigation actions
- Peer-to-peer learning programme and improve the replicability and comparability of measurement and verification practices
The main outputs of Energee Watch revolve around its Training Courses, the first of which starts on June 11th for the Masterclass. Each year for the next three years there will be 4 courses, each course having its own expert mentor. Organisations have been asked to apply to receive this training, with only one person from each organisation allowed to join each course. The mentees for the first round of courses have already been selected but there will be an opportunity to join future rounds in the next two years. Each year, feedback will be taken from the mentees for monitoring and to improve the peer learning programme. The monitoring is to identify knowledge gaps and to ensure the learning programme is reaching its target. It also assists mentees with future replication of the training in their region’s own SECAP.
The first cycle Energee Watch training begins June 11th and will be online-only run through the Veri online Platform. The four courses on this cycle are:
- Course 1: Data collection (acquisition and treatment) – Mentored by Energy agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška region (KSSENA)
- Course 2: Monitoring, reporting, verification: follow up on the implementation of actions – Mentored by Cyprus Energy Agency (CEA)
- Course 3: Indicators and strategies on adaptation to climate change – Mentored by Regional energy agency of the Ile de France (IPR)
- Course 4: Data display, dissemination, and validation by local authorities – Mentored by Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Energie Environnement (AURA-EE)
During this time, 3cea will be acting as the administrator for the online platform. This platform is only available to those partaking in Energee Watch.
Applications to the second cycle should open in late 2021/early 2022. Keep an eye on the 3cea website and social media for this. You can also sign up for our Newsletter here which will keep you up to date on Energee Watch and more. For more information on the Energee Watch project, see our dedicated website page.