Action Plans/ Local Implementation Plans: Sequence of operating steps and activities that must be brought about in the local communities for the application of sustainability (energy and carbon-efficiency) strategiesand policies.
Case Study concepts: Description of an actual situation involving decisions to be made and problems to be solved and description of good market opportunities in RES and EE sector. Case Study Exchange Workshops: Events aimed at valorising and transferring the experiences developed in the three case studies.
Checklist: List of items to be checked or consulted for quantitative data collection
Community:Industry; service sector, public sector and private users.
Consultation:The dynamic process of dialogue between individuals or groups, based upon a genuine exchange of views, and normally with the objective of influencing decisions, policies or programmes of action.
Energy efficiency (efficient energy use) EE:The goal of efforts to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services.
Energy Efficient Appliances:Electrical devices or appliances that perform their task, and use less electricity than lower-efficient devices. Electrical inefficiency in many devices is directly related to the heat they produce. For example, energy efficient light bulbs use most of the incoming electrical energy to produce light, not heat.
Energy intensity:A measure of the energy efficiency of a nation's economy. It is calculated as units of energy per unit of GDP.
Energy Labs: Events with a specific purpose aimed to involve key players in the case study activities and the interregional exchange process, ensuring a continuous dialogue and cooperation between regional/local authorities, experts, producers/suppliers/enterprises and end-user representing the 3 project pillars.
Final energy consumption:The consumption of energy measured for applications; it represents the amount of energy actually supplied to the consumer
Good Practices: Models and examples of positive experiences focused on RES and EE implementation in local communities.
Policy Recommendations: Policy advices prepared for stakeholders groups that have the authority to make and implement policy decisions.
Market uptake:TheBusiness/SMEs and Job Creation pillar of the RENERGY project. New Technologies, new products and new services developed to promote RES and EE can induce and introduce good market opportunities for entrepreneurs. Extension to which the market's players (consumers, suppliers, distributors) assimilated the new opportunities generated by the regional/local policies, public and private initiatives, legislations, both in terms of new revenues as well as new job posts.
Motivation: creation of favourable conditions for consumers to purchase energy-efficient products and encouraging them to save energy, as well as to stimulate the use of RES
Primary energy:the energy that has not undergone any sort of conversion, e.g. fossil and nuclear fuels, sunlight, the energy of falling water
Public (or Community) Engagement: Actions and processes taken or undertaken to establish effective relationships with individuals or groups so that more specific interactions can then take place;
Public (or Community) Involvement: Effective interactions between planners, decision-makers, individual and representative stakeholders to identify issues and exchange views on a continuous basis; community involvement - provides a forum for residents to become informed about civic affairs and actively involved in making decisions that ultimately impact their community
Questionnaire:Research instrument consisting of a series of questions and other prompts for the purpose of gathering information from respondents.
Renewable energy resources RES (sustainable energy sources; renewable sources of energy):the known and assumed, naturally occurring, continuously renewed energy resources that are either already of economic value or whose economic value may be assumed to be realised within the foreseeable future, e.g. sun, wind, tidal, wave and geothermal energy
Self Assessment Reports: Evaluation document carried out by thematic questionnaires and checklists addressed to different stakeholders categories (policy makers, enterprises, local community members) aimed at identify the main priorities and the opportunities for the baseline study and the local action plan.
Synthesis Report: Evaluation document that analyses the respective thematic sections of the self-assessment reports.
Stakeholders: private citizens,, groups, organizations (e.g. local, regional and national authorities, enterprises, financial institutions) and other members of communities with an interest in the project.
Energy Sustainable Communities:are communities that implement a set of sustainable energy policy measures in the field of renewable energy sources (RES) and efficient energy use (EE) with a strong involvement of the local population in the planning and implementation process. These policy measures can be implemented in different sectors covering the transport, the industry, the buildings sectors and the private use of energy. The use of sustainable energy, i.e. the use of RES, is indeed closely linked to EE since the objectives of sustainable energy development will only be fulfilled if both areas - RES and EE - are exploited.
Thematic Groups:Partners’ aggregation on three pre-selected themes (energy policy making, RES and EE market uptake, community involvement).