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The S-PARCS project is entering in its last implementation period! With this newsletter, all partners are glad to share with you the latest developments of the project. Indeed, you will discover several materials useful for any stakeholders willing to know more about energy cooperation and even to start implementation of actions!

1. Launch of the Initial Assessment Tool

To effectively and efficiently implement energy cooperation activities, industrial parks managers and companies (so called “stakeholders”) need to be supported by a set of instruments.

In this sense, S-PARCS becomes the community for energy cooperation within industrial parks and provides with the necessary support for industrial parks and stakeholders by proposing an e-platform and an energy cooperation solutions assessment tool: the Initial Assessment Tool.


Industrial parks and stakeholders will benefit from them through:

  1. Raising stakeholders’ awareness on energy cooperation issues through basic information on energy cooperation for beginners
  2. Connecting stakeholders all over Europe to share best practices on cooperation issues
  3. Assessing and identifying tailored energy cooperation solutions for an industrial park through the energy cooperation solutions assessment tool
  4. Supporting the implementation of energy cooperation solutions through the S-PARCS community

Don’t hesitate to discover these user-friendly platform and tools and get ready for energy cooperation, here

2. New deliverables available online

Amongst the past few months, S-PARCS partners have been working hard to progress in the project developments. As a result, many deliverables have been provided, including several public ones, available on our project website (dedicated page: https://www.sparcs-h2020.eu/results/deliverable). You’ll notably find:

  • D2.4: Policy recommendations, based on the results of the legal, regulatory and standardization analysis, summarizing the legislative context, regulatory bottlenecks and recommendations regarding energy cooperation in S-PARCS countries;
  • D3.2: Reviewing the beta version of the S-PARCS e-Platform and the Initial Assessment Tool;
  • D3.3: Industrial park service Initial Assessment Tool, presenting the main components of the S-PARCS e-platform and IAT;
  • D5.2 Report on the potential for joint energy services in industrial parks, exploring 19 energy cooperation opportunities in the 5 S-PARCS Lighthouse Parks;
  • D5.4: Public report on the results from the feasibility studies for the most promising joint energy projects in the Lighthouse Parks;
  • D6.4: Capacity building in S-PARCS: Training Toolkit, proposing different modules for being trained to S-PARCS findings.

Stay tuned to our Linked-In page to get regular updates on deliverables published.

3. S-PARCS in Portugal: Interview with the manager of the Sines Industrial and Logistics Area (ZILS): Dr. Miguel Borralho (AICEP).

ADRAL — Alentejo Regional Development Agency — partner of the S-PARCS Project, interviewed the Sines Industrial and Logistics Zone (ZILS) manager, Dr. Miguel Borralho, in order collect information on legal, regulatory and standardization issues of the industrial zones of Portugal during the execution of the project.


The choice of ZILS is due to the fact that it has, in the first place, a direct management recognized at national level as a success one and is also located in the largest Portuguese port.

ZILS already has a number of energy measures in place, specifically regarding energy efficiency:

  • Installation of photovoltaic panels to reduce the ecological footprint and be self-sufficient. They have now managed to reduce 1/3 of the business center’s consumption.
  • Installation of LED lighting in the park;
  • Start of work on the National Strategy for Hydrogen.
  • They have a business center as a shared service structure;
  • They are currently working with national energy suppliers to improve energy quality at ZILS.
  • At the moment, they are working in an energy community together with a private entity in order to supply the park’s companies with green energy (photovoltaic and wind).

Based on Dr. Miguel Borralho’s experience, his recommendations for a good energy management for industrial zones in Portugal includes the need to review the eligibility of this kind of projects in the financing funds so that these zones can apply to green economy projects.
The change in network typologies, regarding the quality of the energy supply, is also necessary. Up to now they have been defined by a set of requirements that ignores the existence of the largest port and this should be reviewed in the opinion of the manager. Having the concession of lighting also facilitates any necessary upgrade.
In the case of ZILS, every two years they hold an energy auction where they can save 20 to 30 percent in electricity costs for the industrial parks they manage.

4. Dissemination on-going despite the sanitary situation!

The COVID-19 crisis requires S-PARCS partners to be creative to make its results known all over Europe. Therefore, several online dissemination events have been organised, including regional and European ones. In particular, on November 18th, S-PARCS project has been glad to cooperate with 4 other H2020 projects (SoWhat, EMB3RS, INCUB-IS and R-ACES) to propose a very interesting webinar. All these projects are offering complementary innovative solutions for more sustainable industries thanks to energy cooperation and waste heat recovery. With more than 100 participants, this first joint initiative has been very successful and constitutes a first step towards more common actions. If you have missed this session but are interested in it, don’t hesitate to replay the webinar here.

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