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Objectives

S-PARCS aims at moving from a single-company energy efficient intervention approach to cooperative energy efficient solutions within the framework of industrial parks, thus enabling higher energy savings and the subsequent increase of competitiveness of the companies located in the parks.

S-PARCS will systematically analyse technical, economic, regulatory, legal, organisational, environmental and

social barriers to energy- efficient park design and operation on all levels and will provide innovative, market-ready solutions to overcome them.

The specific objectives of S-PARCS therefore address the fundamental components required to implement these new and innovative concepts and to facilitate timely actions, to raise widespread awareness and to foster their swift replication.

Increase the competitiveness of enterprises by developing, testing and deploying replicable instruments for energy cooperation in real-world environments

All Lighthouse Parks have identified the prospects of mutualised energy cooperation as one cornerstone for increasing their competitiveness in the continuously globalizing industrial environment.

S-PARCS solutions and instruments will all be designed to improve energy efficiency of the Lighthouse Parks, while substantially improving their competitiveness through reduced energy costs, or, in some cases, mutually improved supply reliability.

Measurement of achievement

The monitoring framework as developed in WP4 will contain Key Performance Indicators for the conclusive judgment of the solutions and instruments, and include indicators for their impact on competitiveness.

Timeline

Given the tested solutions and instruments are assessed positively by the parks’ executive level, the start of the physical/contractual implementation and respective improvement of competitiveness is expected during the last 10 months of S-PARCS.


Develop, test and deploy replicable business models for joint contacting of energy services for industrial parks

The Lighthouse Parks have identified a number of energy services as priority topics for the assessment and subsequent support actions as carried out in S-PARCS. A related key issue as defined by the parks in the consultations during the proposal preparation was the development of sustainable business models to ensure a lasting provision of these services. S-PARCS therefore has a dedicated task T2.2 to enable a focused development of such business models under different scenarios of the future EU energy market. Deployment thereof is done in WP5.

 

Measurement of achievement

At the end of WP5, the performance indicators of the tested energy services are quantified. The performance indicators of the specific energy services, together with the number of services for which the parks’ executive levels consider rapid implementation, will allow measuring the achievement of the objective.

Timeline

The business models are developed during the first year of S-PARCS, and their final assessment is available in M36 when the parks’ conclude about their specific achievements in WP5.

Contribute to the creation and regulatory frameworks that accelerate and facilitate the adoption of innovative instruments for energy cooperation and feed insights into political debates

Several barriers have already been identified by the consortium, that are related to unfavourable legal and/or regulatory provisions. S-PARCS aims at forming a coalition for pointing policy makers to the most obstructive barriers and how best to overcome them, from an industrial perspective. As such, S-PARCS drafts amendments to existing regional/national/EU policies and legal frameworks to simplify energy cooperation/services at all governance levels.

Measurement of achievement

S-PARCS and its partners have demonstrated outstanding success in transferring policy-relevant results of EU projects to the highest level of policy makers. As a recent example, the coordinator EI-JKU has organised and moderated a workshop in the European Parliament to inform highest level EU representatives about the outcome of a EU project in October 20161. Therefore, S-PARCS is confident that its results will be referenced in a number of documents prepared by related governments and public entities.

Timeline

Certain legal/regulatory barriers have already been identified (see Section 1.3) and a number of additional barriers are expected to be identified in WP1. However, the interactions with policy makers will significantly increase over the project duration, at the time when results from the Lighthouse Parks become available, and the respective dissemination campaign will reach its peak during the last 6 months of the project. Citations are therefore expected at the later stage of S-PARCS or the post-project phase.

Build capacities and increase the skills and competencies of players from the EU industrial environment

S-PARCS considers information lacks on the side of industrial players as a significant barrier for more wide spread deployment of energy cooperation/services. A key objective of S-PARCS is therefore to address these information lacks by informing stakeholders about the opportunities through such solutions in general, and train them towards assessing the prospects for their specific entity. The objective is – among others – tackled by establishing the Follower Community and coordinating their activities.

Measurement of achievement

Achievement is assessed based on: Number of companies/ESCOs/energy managers and other market stakeholders with increased skills/capability/competencies; number of people applying the online toolkit IAT, number of workshops, number of people participating in the workshops, number of people acknowledging a better understanding of energy efficiency.

Timeline

The project starts the respective outreach during the first year by establishing the Follower Community. Interactions are intensified whenever relevant S-PARCS results become available (e.g. the IAT in WP3) and will have a peak towards the project’s end, while the project envisages to maintain the Follower Community beyond the project’s lifetime by follow-up activities and mutual electronic mailings.