Experience Exchange Group (EEG) was created in order to provide input for the analysis of current solutions in the area of energy efficiency and RES use implemented on the municipal level, as well as to develop new ones. Among EEG members were representatives of cities and municipalities located in different regions of Poland, who have been working on climate protection and sustainable energy for many years already. They included metropolitan cities, big cities and medium towns, semi-urban municipalities and small villages. As a result, the EEG as a whole had comprehensive knowledge on the situation of Polish local self-governments and could identify their most important needs - both related to the scale of operation and not depending from it. Within the project three EEG meetings were organised in total.
1st EEG meeting (Cracow, 31th of March - 1st of April 2016)
1st EEG meeting was focused on the diagnosis of the situation of Polish local self-governments in the area of energy efficiency and RES use. EEG members discussed inter alia such topics as:
- influence of European and national legislation on the energy situation of Polish cities and municipalities;
- most important economic and social aspects of energy planning & management on the local level (and related opportunities and threats);
- current situation and activities of Polish cities and municipalities in the field of energy planning & management;
- energy efficiency and RES development potential in the municipal sector;
- most important barriers and needs of cities and municipalities related to energy planning & management.
Results of the discussions were included in the diagnostic report developed by the project consortium.
2nd EEG meeting (Poznań, 13th of June 2016)
2nd EEG meeting was focused on the presentation of the ideas for innovation in the area of energy efficiency and RES use developed by Polish municipalities and inspired by Norwegian experience. The ideas, submitted for to contest, were assessed by external experts in the area of energy and by other participants of the contest. 10 best projects received co-financing in the form of a micro-grant for the development of analysis and documentation necessary for their implementation. The winning municipalities also took part in the study tour to Norway and established bilateral cooperation with Norwegian municipalities.
Framework agenda of the meeting:
- presentation of Polish and Norwegian examples of good practices and available technologies in the field of energy efficiency and RES use;
- presentation of ideas for innovative pilot projects inspired by Norwegian experience and submitted for the contest;
- assessment and selection of the winning projects, followed by the award ceremony.
3rd EEG meeting (Warsaw, 10th-11th of January 2017)
3rd EEG meeting was focused on summarising conclusions from the study visit in Norway, including presentation of the most interesting Norwegian sustainable energy investments and strategies implemented on the national, regional and local level. Participants of the meeting also debated on the possibility of replicating tested Norwegian solutions in Poland.
Framework agenda of the meeting:
- summary of the study visit in Norway, including presentation and analysis of tested Norwegian solutions and their applicability in Polish conditions;
- exchange of experience related to the implementation of pilot projects in the area of energy efficiency and RES use supported within the umbrella project;
- exchange of experience related to the bilateral cooperation established between selected Polish and Norwegian municipalities;
- formulating conclusions which will be included in the project's final publication.