Background and Needs Assessment

ENERGEE WATCH builds on existing platforms and needs assessment surveys developed by EU-funded projects and initiatives : for instance the Covenant of Mayors, EnergEE-Watch network, Data4Action, MESHARTILITY,… Local and regional stakeholders expressed in various needs assessment activities, the needs and barriers they face in developing and monitoring their energy and climate plans.

Some key questions that formulate the work envisaged in ENERGee WATCH are:
• How can local authorities make sure their energy interventions are properly monitored, measured and verified?
• What are local authorities struggling with the most when it comes to measurement, reporting and verification?
• What kind of support and tools would the local authorities find helpful to enhance their MRV capacity, and help deliver an energy transition?

Relevant needs assessment surveys and documents

The European Covenant of Mayors Office conducted an extensive study in 2017 to assess local and regional authorities main capacity-building needs in terms of urban climate and energy planning.

DATA4ACTION produced many interesting guidelines on the energy data sharing and the set up of regional GHG observatories:

Cities and regions express more than often the following needs : Data collection, defining monitoring indicators, interpreting collected data are all present obstacles to successful MRV implementation on the local level. It is also interesting to note that collecting and interpreting data for adaptation measures is even more ambiguous than when it comes to the mitigation actions.

Based on the analysis of these projects and intiatives, we decided to offer four training modules as part of the ENERGEE WATCH programme:

  • Energy data collection (treatment and acquisition)
  • Monitoring, Reporting , Verification : follow-up of implementation of actions
  • Indicators and strategies on adaptation to climate change
  • Data display, dissemination and validation by end-users

Energee Watch needs assessment survey

The survey, carried out in November 2020, had two main objectives:

  • Provide a detailed analysis of the needs of participants in each of the area identified by the analysis of the Covenant of Mayors survey
  • Within each potential learning courses, identify the topics for which the respondents would need the most support
  • Define the delivery preferences of the learning programme

Respondents were asked to self-assess their organisation’s knowledge and identify areas of potential improvement in collecting, analysing, monitoring and disseminating energy and climate data.

The first overall analysis of the 53 answers from 42 organisations showed strong needs in most topics for each learning course. It led us to carry out an analysis per type of organisations to better understand the needs of each type of organisation and how to best meet these needs through the Energee Watch learning programme.

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Courses and needs from different organisations

The group of local authorities showed a stronger need in Course 1 “Energy Data collection (acquisition and treatment)” with an average percentage of 32,7%. Conversely, the target group of local authorities presents the least strong need for Course 3 (“Indicators and strategies on adaptation to Climate Change”) with an average percentage of 29,8% of all participants representing a local authority.

The group of energy agencies and provincial/regional authorities showed a stronger need in Course 3 “Indicators and strategies on adaptation to Climate Change” with an average percentage of 51,8%.

Topics within each group and interest from organisations

The analysis was split in 3 groups:
• Local authorities
• Provincial/regional authorities and energy agencies
• Other (consultants, NGOs)

Course 1 on Energy data collection (treatment and acquisition)

For local authorities, the vast majority of the topics addressed in this course follow the same trends, meaning that there is substantial need for learning in these topics. The topic of “Transport” presents an exception to this by having 32% of all participants that expressed limited need for further learning. The topics that present the strongest need are the following:
– Data Management (36%)
– Waste (35%)
– Technical tools and calculation methods for data analysis (35%)

While for provincial/regional authorities and energy agencies results show different trends. First of all, they show less needs for capacity building in these topics than local authorities and the most needed topics are also very different:
– Transport (59%)
– Strategy and Framework for Energy and Climate targets (50%)
– Private Buildings/Energy Renovation/Energy Poverty (50%)

Course 2 on Monitoring, Reporting, Verification: follow-up of implementation of actions

For local authorities, all the topics addressed in this course are characterised by a strong need for further learning and in particular the following ones:
– Reporting (35%)
– Internal Capacity (31%),
– Data quality is following (28%) and the least strong needs are reported by local authorities when it comes to developing indicators and monitoring (27%)

While the energy agencies and provincial/regional authorities prove to have less need for further learning in this course than local authorities and the most needed topics are also very different:
– Developing indicators and monitoring (56%)
– Data quality (53%)

Course 3 on Indicators and strategies on adaptation to climate change

Many of the topics addressed in this course follow the same trends, meaning that there is substantial need for learning in these topics for local authorities. It is noteworthy that local authorities expressed by 50% no need for further learning regarding the topic of “Development of climate adaptation indicators for diagnosis and assessment”. They also stated no need by 30% when it comes to “tools and methods facilitating the development of a climate adaptation plan”.
The most needed topics are:
– Space planning of the challenges: pressure or cooperation on environments and between stakeholders (32%)
– Governance and response plan to be put in place for your community (31%)

The energy agencies and provincial/regional authorities present limited needs in further learning across all topics of this course. Specifically, for the categories of “Development of climate adaptation indicators for diagnosis and assessment” and “Climate adaptation solutions investigation” they present much stronger need for further learning, when compared to the percentage of the “No need” answers.
– Climate adaptation solutions investigation (56%)
– Tools and methods to facilitate the development of a climate adaptation plan (56%)

Course 4 on Data display, dissemination and validation by end-users,

All target groups agree that the focus should be put mainly on “General data management and visualisation methods” (33% from the local authorities and 48% from the energy agencies and provincial/regional authorities

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