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PANEL 2050 Report Summary

Project ID: 696173
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PANEL 2050 (Partnership for New Energy Leadership 2050)

Reporting period: 2016-03-01 to 2017-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The aim of PANEL 2050 project is to create durable and replicable sustainable energy networks at local (municipality/community) level, where relevant local stakeholders collaborate for the creation of a local energy visions, strategies and action plans for the transition towards low carbon communities in 2050.
The PANEL project will focus on the creation of these sustainable local energy networks in CEE countries, where this type of networks at local level is almost completely absent and therefore additional support is needed for the creation of the first successful local energy networks that have the potential to set an example and a new standard for local energy road mapping in other local communities in the CEE region. Furthermore, the PANEL project will not choose a specific focus on a certain type of stakeholder, but will try to work at the local level and assemble all relevant and available stakeholders related to sustainable energy. The number and type of stakeholders will vary very much in different local settings and the ambition of this project is to create sustainable energy networks at local level that will connect and involve all relevant stakeholders that are present at local level into the local policy development and implementation.
At present, the involvement of local shareholders in local policy development in any field in CEE countries is very limited and the aim of this project is to create durable sustainable energy networks in a number of local communities in different CEE countries that will also be a replicable example that can be spread to other communities in CEE countries.
In order to achieve the overall aim of the project, several distinctive objectives are identified:

Objective 1: To identify and support local energy leaders who take the lead in the development and implementation of local action plans, promote the concept to other local (municipalities) and overseeing the long term sustainability of the local stakeholder networks.
Objective 2: To create local stakeholder networks that will develop a shared and broadly supported vision for low carbon communities in 2050.
Objective 3: To develop new broadly share local sustainable energy strategies.
Objective 4: To improve capacity of local stakeholder network and frontrunners
Objective 5: To strengthen and replicate the concept of local stakeholder networks by targeted communication towards other local communities, regional, national and EU public authorities

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Project has reached its first two milestones by creating a platform for cooperation (CEE Sustainable Energy Network CEESEN), model for local stakeholder engagement and tools for capacity building (training program and guidebook). Stakeholders have been identified and reached out by the project team. CEE Energy Transition Conference is prepared for Oct 19-20th to be the first meeting for the local forerunners of sustainable energy. Project partners have started the regional trainings for increasing the capacity of stakeholders, using the prepared curriculum and guidebook. These activities are supported by the management tools (intranet, progress evaluation, regular meetings) and communication tools (communication plan, visual design, templates and guidelines for media work) for the project consortium. Project is combining the theoretical concepts from political science and management theory with the good practices of energy management for creating a new model for energy transition, PANEL model. The first phase of the project has been the setting up the close cooperation between the partners representing these different disciplines to avoid the potential friction between the different people who are speaking different language and using different tools in their day-to-day life. Outcome of this coordination is an active consortium with regular meetings, shared virtual workspace, frequent email exchange. Today the framework for PANEL model has been developed and will be fully implemented during the second period of the project. Three main elements have been prepared and already send out to the partners for implementation.

Some results of the dissemination work include the reach for: 8 327 710 general public; 1 603 789 policy makers; 1 057 media contacts reached and 300 interviews, 21 participations in events, 55 web-site posts and 33 social media posts. Dissemination of PANEL 2050 project was part of WWF Bulgaria’s campaign for Earth Hour (one of the largest campaigns globally) with information on CEESEN. It was issued by 5 online media channels. CEESEN has 364 members.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

In 2017 CEESEN has enter to its next stage and take an active role on promoting the energy transition to low-carbon economy in CEE countries. The next milestone for the network will be the conference in Prague, CZ in October of 2017.

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