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BEST RESULT

The BEST project organised trainings for renewable energy suppliers © CIPRA International

The Best Result project – Building and Energy Systems and Technologies in Renewable Energy Sources Update and Linked Training - contributed to the diffusion of information about Renewable Energy Sources (RES) application trying to develop a working strategy to extend the market of small scale RES applications in the building and energy sectors through common and local activities addressing RES suppliers and consumers on one hand and final users on the other hand.

I Description of the measure

Title in original language: BEST RESULT

Location of CNA: Italy

Municipality / regional entity: Veneto region

Category of the experience: Action plan
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Educational
Secondary nomination(s): Technological

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Energy 
Secondary field(s): Buildings & construction

Spatial scale: International
Time & duration:

Start date: 01/01/2006 
Duration: 3 years

Key word(s): Education & Training, energy, Information

Objectives:

Project activities coped the current need to involve suppliers and especially Small & Medium Enterprises in a better diffusion of knowledge about RES in the building sector. There is indeed, in most European countries, a lack of trained professional planners, technicians, installers expert in small scale RES plants in buildings. The BEST RESULT project aimed at removing these obstacles through a specialized training to suppliers by several different means: direct lessons, workshops & seminars, E-learning, visits, etc. At the same time attention is put on the consumers, in order to diffuse information about energy issues in buildings and support the demand side of the market. All project activities were aimed at supporting both RES supply and demand in the sector of small scale RES applications in buildings, in order to expand the market of Renewables in Europe.

Activities:

- High level education and training: technical skills and knowhow were improved through specialized training and advanced courses addressed to professionals and technicians, plus seminars and workshops on particular aspects of RES and technical visits to successful RES installations. The E-learning platform has played a central role in this project, as a virtual meeting facility, where specific information (teaching modules, documents, etc.) and contacts may be found. - Studies, analyses and interviews on the RES market; data and results have been collected in a common database. - Information to suppliers: installers, technicians, planners and any RES supply actor (with a particular attention to the SMEs world) have received information through info-desks, publications, documents on the website, etc… - Information to general public was spread in every possible way (info-days for general public, publications, website and Enews, conferences, etc.).

Results:

1 PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLATFORM: The website restricted area to Partners was fully used and has been a very good and important management tool. The public website area collected all documents and information materials published online by Partners. 67 TRAINING COURSES have been held, with more than 800 participants among planners, technicians, installers, etc. 36 LOCAL VISITS to RES applications, 3 POSTGRADUATE SPECIALIZATION COURSES (classes plus distance learning) 15 E-LEARNING MODULES available to students and suppliers from anywhere available in the E Learning Platform in the website; 17 SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS 5 TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS 6 MARKET’S SURVEYS/ANALYSIS 1 EUROPEAN REGULATIONS CODE; 8 GUIDELINES IN THE RES BUILDING APPLICATIONS; 1 RESERVED USERS’ MANUAL TO THE RES AGRO INDUSTRY ; 30 Project reports 6 INFO DESKS; 10 LOCAL DEMONSTRATIONS OF RES INSTALLATIONS; 3 WORKSHOPS; 28 INFO POINTS; 14 MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES.

II Assessment criteria

Mitigation effects: Low

Since BEST RESULT wasn't designed to be immediately operative, but with a strong focus on education, the mitigation effects are indirect and not easily quantifiable.

Impacts on adaptation: Neutral

No impact detected on climate change adaptation.

Impacts on environment:


- Landscape: Positive
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Positive
- Water / soil / air: Positive
- "Other": None

Not easily quantifiable - as for question 14, the impact is indirect. However, since the outputs of the project, if properly used, guarantee a better use of RES, the general impact is estimated as positive.

Impacts on society:


- Social justice: Neutral
- Regional / cultural identity: Neutral
- "Other": None

No direct impact detected on society.

Impacts on economy:


- Employment / job creation: Positive
- Added value / income: Neutral
- Know how / competitiveness: Very positive
- "Other": None

The impact on economy is a consequence of the work done during the training phase of the project. Since the number of participants (students, installers, engineers, architects, technicians, managers, planners) to the Training courses (67), Master courses (3) and Workshops-Seminars (17) was 2284, BEST RESULT transfered a huge set of updated technical skills to a large amount of target persons. Some of the participants were able to reintegrate themselves in the labor market, whereas others, after attending the courses, started working on RES field. Local/national market actors (companies planning, installing and selling a specific RES plant) were selected and contacted, and then participate as speakers (free of charge). This created also a specific and efficient informal market network.

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: High

Information about RES was spread in many ways, as infodays for general public, publications, articles, brochures, local exhibits and info-points, website and E-news, conferences, etc., in order to support and build up a stronger awareness about small scale RES opportunities in buildings. Indeed, a large number of people was contacted and informed about RES opportunities. With regard to press communication and publications there has been a satisfactory result in terms of interest and dissemination. As already described above, the outputs have been: 31 articles in the local press, 9 local newsletter services, 14 meetings and conferences, 28 info points, 6 info desks, 10 local demonstrations of RES installations, 1 website.

Transferability: Very high

The success of the Best Result project implementation gives many reasons to think about new similar initiatives oriented to improve and diffuse the use and application of RES in the building sector. Most the instruments used during BEST RESULT project (as the Training courses, Master Courses, Workshops-Seminars, E-Learning Platform) are almost perfectly replicable in other regions, besides the normal updating of the know how. However, two objectives are still to be achieved: - a better organization and transparency as consumers are still too confused about quality, prices and technicians’ skills - consolidated and diffused channels dedicated to advertisement and diffusion.

Cross sectoral and integrative approach: Very high

The Programme Area of BEST RESULT project is ALTENER - Small-scale renewable energy applications, an European Union's programme for the promotion of renewable energies. The major aim of ALTENER is to implement and complement Community measures designed to develop the RES potential. More specifically, the ALTENER programme focuses on the harmonisation of equipment and products, the development of the RES infrastructure in order to increase investor confidence, and the improvement of information, dissemination and training. All of these objectives ultimately aim at increasing the operational capacity of renewable energy sources and the extended use of renewable fuels. BEST RESULT directly followed these priorities and put into practice the orientations in the educational and training part.

Good governance: High

The project partnership was formed by 14 partners from 6 countries: LP: CRACA Soc. Coop (Centro Regionale di Assistenza per la Cooperazione Artigiana) – Italy - Unione Provinciale Artigiani Confartigianato, Padova, Italy - Università degli Studi di Padova – Dipartimento di Processi Chimici dell’Ingegneria, Italy - Tera Energy srl, Italy - Chambers’ Group for the Development of Greek Isles, Greece - SC CHIMINFORM DATA SA, Romania - Narodowa Agencja Poszanowania Energii S.A., Poland - Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setubal, Portugal - Universdad de Valladolid Spain, Spain - ESCAN S.A., Spain - Centre for Renewable Energy Sources, Greece - Fundación CENER-CIEMAT, Spain - CARTIF Fundacion, Spain - Fundacion Asturiana de la Energia, Spain

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Private enterprises, Other private bodies

CRACA Soc. Coop. (IT), lead partner of BEST RESULT project, is a company set up on the initiative of FRAV – Confartigianato (Craftsmen’s Trade Union) of Veneto in 1978. The latter represents an employers’ trade union which takes about 70.000 enterprises into partnership in Veneto. Its shareholders are more than eighty consortia and cooperatives of craftsmen companies based in Veneto.

Contact person(s):

Name: Enrico Cancino
Institution: CRACA Soc. Coop.
Address: Via Volta, 38 - 30175 Marghera Venezia
Phone: +39 041/5096611
Fax: +39 041/5096615
Email: craca@craca.it

Online information:

The follow-up of BEST RESULT was PROMETHEUS project, who went to explore some critical issues encountered in the context of Best Result: http://www.prometheus-iee.eu/

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