ENERGee Watch Course 4: Data display, dissemination, and validation by local authorities

ENERGee Watch Course 4 will cover how to identify the key factors that determine how to disseminate data (regulations, targets, usage, etc.). It will also cover how to identify key recipients and stakeholders, teaching mentees how to identify their needs and expectations, collect the data, and get it into the required format. Some methods and tools to represent and illustrate data patterns and messages in data (graphs, Sankey diagrams, maps, etc.) will also be covered in this course. Finally, how to efficiently disseminate this data and the subsequent messages (technical reports, newsletters, online tools, etc.) will be covered too.

The Target for Course 4: Data Display, Dissemination, and Validation by Local Authorities

This course aims to identify how to best communicate a dataset or to portray certain messages in the data. Throughout the course, we will treat the key topics necessary to ensure effective and complete communication of data and information. Some current challenges that this course could rectify include; a lack of interaction with recipients of datasets, the misunderstanding of datasets, difficulty in portraying messages that are in the data, a requirement for datasets to be communicated in a particular way, a need to find more innovative/representative data visualisation methods, or simply an interest to develop links with existing innovative tools.

Course Objectives

The objectives set for mentee learning before the course were as follows.

To know your audience and their ultimate needs
• To assess the best data display method for the objective,
• audience and desired response
• To manipulate data to suit different representation styles
• To understand the different data dissemination and display options available

Topics

ENERGee Watch Course 4 sought to achieve these objectives over 6 sessions held over 6 days across just over a month from October to November.

• Session 1: What determines effective Communication of data?
• Session 2: Identifying the information needs of end-users
• Session 3: Manipulating and Presenting data
• Session 4: Implementing data display tools
• Session 5: TerriSTORY®, a deeper insight
• Session 6: Data dissemination

Mentors

Thomas Knight is a project manager in the Territorial Intelligence and Observatory team at Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Energie Environnement(AURA-EE) since the beginning of 2020. Thomas is responsible for the quality and accuracy of the energy-related and economic calculations for the regional energy and climate data observatory (ORCAE) and is an active participant in the development of an online data tracking tool for the territories of the region; TerriSTORY®.

 

 

If you are interested in taking part in the next cycle of ENERGee Watch courses, the applications for the second cycle should open in January. Please note that currently these courses are only open to Local Authorities and Municipalities. You can find out when the ENERGee Watch applications open by keeping an eye on our social media and signing up to our newsletter.

ENERGee Watch Course 2: Monitoring, Reporting, Verification

Continuing our coverage of ENERGee Watch, Course 2, “Monitoring, revision and verification of data” will emphasise the enhancement of the capacity of local authorities to implement sustainable projects through:

  • Development of internal administrative structures for the successful implementation and monitoring of sustainable energy action plans (roles, support, prioritization, budgeting, and tools)
  • Process to verify energy data
  • Data quality improvement
  • Development of business plans, feasibility, and environmental analysis for sustainable energy Projects

This course is delivered by Cyprus Energy Agency

Target for course 2: Monitoring, Reporting, Verification

The training course is addressed to a) local authorities’ staff which are directly related to the SECAP implementation and to b) support structures (energy agencies) that provide technical support and expertise. The candidates will have the opportunity to empower their knowledge in critical issues for the successful implementation of the SECAPs.

ENERGee Watch Course 2 Course objectives

In this course, mentees can achieve the following learning:

Objective 1: To create vision and establish the proper internal administrative structures.

Objective 2: To know the key actions needed to ensure political and administrative support for the successful implementation of a SECAP.

Objective 3: To perform an energy data verification process.

Objective 4: To visualise sustainable energy project ideas on Sustainable Business Model Canvas.

Objective 5: To elaborate feasibility and environmental analysis for energy projects.

Objective 6: To plan and monitor the progress and the impact of SECAP actions.

 Topics:

To achieve these objectives 6 training sessions were held divided across 4 days from September to November.

  • Session1: Vision Setting
  • Session 2: Establishing an Energy & Climate Team
  • Session 3: Data Processing and Verification
  • Session 4: Energy Modelling and Scenarios
  • Session 5: Sustainable business model canvas and financial
  • feasibility analysis
  • Session 6: Implementation & successful monitoring
Mentors – Cyprus Energy Agency

  

Savvas Vlachos started his professional career in 2004. He is Environmental Engineer. He joined the Cyprus Energy Agency in 2009 as an Energy expert. Since September 2016, he is the Director of the Cyprus Energy Agency Since September 2016, he is the Director of the Cyprus Energy Agency. He is also the Local Manager of the  Programme Pioneers into Practice in Cyprus which is funded by the Climate – KIC and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

 

Charis Kordatos is a Forester/Environmental Scientist. He is involved in the Green Public Procurement (GPP) support structure of the Agency providing guidance and training to public/local authorities and he is participating in different GPP networks and forums.

 

 

Myrto Skouroupathi is a qualified Environmental Engineer and a member of the Scientific and Technical Chamber of Cyprus. She joined the Cyprus Energy Agency in 2017 as an Environmental Engineer and she is involved in European co-funded projects as a technical expert and educator.

ENERGee Watch Course 1 Data Collection (acquisition and treatment)

The ENERGee Watch courses began online back in September with Course 3 Indicators and Strategies on Adaptation to Climate Change. As the first cycle of courses come to an end we will reflect on the content of each course, its objectives, and the overall objectives of the ENERGee Watch Project. Course 3 information is available through the link above. Starting with Course 1 Data Collection (acquisition and treatment), this was one of four courses will take place across the three cycles of the ENERGee Watch programme. The ENERGee WATCH peer-to-peer learning programme aims to enable regional and local authorities to timely and accurately define, monitor, and verify their sustainable actions. The course material focused on regional/provincial authorities and their agencies. These groups are responsible for collecting and monitoring GHG reduction efforts and results. These groups were targeted to empower them to use best practices in their efforts. ENERGee Watch is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The programme will take place across three cycles. Each cycle has the same four courses and tutors and will contain a visit to the tutor’s country in future iterations should Covid restrictions allow. The content of the courses may change each year based on the feedback from the previous group in the previous cycle. Through this, the course can adapt to the needs of regional/local authorities. We are currently receiving feedback from the groups just finishing their courses in this iteration of the project.

We expect, by the end of the ENERGee Watch peer learning programme, regional and local authorities will have improved abilities and skills to collect energy and climate data, monitor said data, verify it, and then report the data for their sustainable energy action plans. We also hope that the peer-to-peer nature of the programme will foster future collaborations and partnerships.

Course 1: Data Collection (acquisition and treatment)

The overall aim of ENERGee WATCH is to launch a peer-to-peer learning program to enable regional and local authorities to timely and accurately define, monitor, and verify their sustainable actions. The learning process targets regional and/or provincial authorities and their agencies and observatories that are responsible for collecting and overseeing the monitoring of mitigation and adaptation indicators to empower them to make use of the best practices. Course 1 is broken into 4 sessions as follows:

  • Session 1: Baseline Emission Inventory
  • Session 2: Energy management
  • Session 3: Energy supply and production
  • Session 4: Transport

The handbook for ENERGee Watch Course 1 Data Collection is available for download here.

The target for Course 1 Data Collection

This course is aimed at professionals at the regional and local levels, that are responsible for energy data collection and would like to learn more on how to tackle challenges connected to gathering quality and comprehensive energy data. It is aimed at those who should or could play a key role in improving data sharing to accelerate the achievement of EU climate goals.

Mentors

Boštjan Krajnc, CEO of Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleska and Koroška Region (KSSENA), has 16years of work experience in the field of RES and RUE. In his professional career, Boštjan Krajnc has performed more than 50 trainings on energy management, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, financial mechanisms (ESCO), and on transferring EU Energy efficiency directives into national legislation.

ENERGee Watch Online Courses Begin

This Wednesday, 15th of September, the ENERGee Watch Online Courses begin with Course 3 Indicators and Strategies on Adaptation to Climate Change. This is the first of four courses that will take place across the three cycles of the ENERGee Watch programme. The aims of the ENERGee WATCH peer-to-peer learning programme are to enable regional and local authorities to timely and accurately define, monitor, and verify their sustainable actions. The course material will focus on regional/provincial authorities and their agencies. These groups are responsible for collecting and monitoring GHG reduction efforts and results. The groups will be targeted to empower them to use best practices in their efforts. ENERGee Watch is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The programme will take place across three cycles. Each cycle has the same four courses and tutors and will all contain a visit to the tutor’s country. However, the content of the courses may change each year based on the feedback from the previous group in the previous cycle. Through this, the course can adapt to the needs of regional/local authorities.

We expect, by the end of the ENERGee Watch peer learning programme, regional and local authorities will have improved abilities and skills to collect energy and climate data, monitor said data, verify it and then report the data for their sustainable energy action plans. We also hope that the peer-to-peer nature of the programme will foster future collaborations and partnerships.

Course 3: Indicators and Strategies on Adaptation to Climate Change

ENERGee Watch Online Courses begin with Course 3, which is dedicated to the adaptation to climate change initiatives and aims to clarify the concept, provide keys to understanding this discipline, and shed light on the methodologies, systems, and tools to support public actors in their climate change efforts. The aim of the exercise is to guide participants in building their own roadmap to ensure that adaptation to climate change is fully integrated into energy-climate action plans. To this end, the adaptation course will be organised into three sessions:

• Session 1: Setting the basics: climate change adaptation and assessment
• Session 2: Establishing the diagnosis: methods and data
• Session 3: Drawing up a strategy and action plan: methods and roles of indicators

Session 1 of this course took place Wednesday 16th.

Each of the 3-hour sessions will, in turn, be divided into two periods of the following:

Session 1: Setting the basics: climate change adaptation and assessment
– Period 1: The fundamentals of adaptation to climate change
– Period 2: The fundamentals of assessment for adaptation
Session 2: Diagnosis: methods and data
– Period 1: Drawing up the diagnosis
– Period 2: Tools associated with the diagnosis (representation, deliverable, sharing)
Session 3: Designing a strategy and an action plan: methods and roles of indicators
– Period 1: Strategy development
– Period 2: Practical exercise

Target of Course 3 Indicators and Strategies on Adaptation to Climate Change

The course is particularly aimed at territorial public actors responsible for energy-climate policies and the structures (e.g., local energy agency) supporting them in the deployment of these policies. The objective is to facilitate the inclusion of adaptation to climate change and the transition to action in order to face the current and future challenges for the territories.

Course objectives
In this course, mentees can achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Objective 1: To appropriate the concepts and notions associated with adaptation to climate change.
  • Objective 2: To understand the challenges in one’s territory, to understand the climate impacts and associated effects
  • Objective 3: To be able to prefigure an adaptation to climate change policy on its territory
  • Objective 4: To draw on the associated methods and tools, in particular, to assess the adaptation policies

Mentors

Sandra Garrigou (pictured left) has been assisting local authorities in drawing up their climate plans since 2008. Sandra has developed an expertise in the field of adaptation to climate change, particularly in the framework of a partnership agreement with ADEME (e.g. projects: organisation of territorial workshops to raise awareness among local authorities). She is also a doctoral student on this subject at the “Territories, cities, environment & society” research unit at the University of Lille.

Erwan Cordeau, is a senior expert in the field of adaptation to climate change, supports the design of the course. His work has focused on urban heat and on the development of territorial diagnosis in the field of adaptation.

Agnès Parnaix, is a senior expert in the field of public policy assessment, will contribute to the session dealing with evaluation, data processing, and the choice of indicators. Agnès has participated in the work on the assessment of regional planning.

To learn more about ENERGee Watch keep an eye on the News Section of our website as we release information for each course as they start. You can also see the Horizon2020 ENERGee Watch Website for information and updates

Energee Watch Training Begins June 11th

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

Peer-to-Peer Learning

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.