Energy data access can be challenging for many actors, due to data ownership, commercial sensitivity, the lack of accuracy or resource. Data 4 Action – a 36 month project – by identifying transferable models of collaboration explores ways to improve the access of public authorities to energy data for a better implementation and a better monitoring of SEAPs.The project puts an emphasis on 4 activities. It improves conditions for data exchange, it mobilizes key actors and facilitates their cooperation through the creation of new observatories and it also involves local authorities in their implementation and monitoring of their SEAPs. The consortium also works with 12 regional partners which are not part of the consortium, hence benefiting from the experience of the project partners in setting up observatories. The general purpose of Data 4 Action is the establishment of long-term data exchange models in sustainable energy planning, through a cooperation between public authorities and energy data providers. Data 4 Action will put an emphasis on the cooperation by identifying win-win framework conditions, setting up of dedicated structures to facilitate the cooperation and promoting the Covenant of Mayors initiative, EU Climate Action and Energy Package, and other relevant EU energy planning policies and strategies. The key results of this project will be regional roundtables open to a wide range of actors, the creation of a guidebook designed on SEAP data access and based on the experience of partners, the expansion and the promotion of the Energee-Watch network. Long term collaboration models will be implemented through bilateral data exchange cooperation agreements and with the development of twelve “one-stop shop” regional data centers or observatories, representing more than five thousand municipalities.
The observatories will provide assistance to public authorities to set up further collaboration agreements with energy data providers, as well as supporting them with the collection, processing and communication of SEAP data. The implementation of these supporting structures will be informed by peer learning activities among partners. It will be supported by the signing of forty eight data exchange agreements.
Besides, more than sixty public authorities will benefit from the collaboration models along with one hundred and twenty technical staff personnel who will be participating into thematic workshops.
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