Courses Overview

Data collection (acquisition and treatment)

The course Data collection is dedicated to understanding the importance of systematic, timely, and periodic gathering of energy data. Data collection and management are crucial for identifying trends, defining and monitoring strategies, and prioritizing energy efficiency improvements.

 As the collection of reliable and complete energy data often shows to be a difficult task, this course will help participants to learn how to establish an effective energy management system for the public sector, as well as how to identify sources and facilitate access to territorial aggregated, and non-identifying energy data.

Topics covered by the course

Baseline Emission Inventory

  • Basic principles: territorial principle and the polluter pays principle
  • Approaches and recommendations for the elaboration of BEI
  • Practical exercise

Energy management

  • Assessing the need for an energy management system
  • How to elaborate building inventory

Energy supply and production

  • Data mining and making quality energy estimations
  • Improving data sharing: mapping key stakeholders and establishing collaboration models
  • Analysing and evaluating gathered data

Transport

  • Methods to estimate emissions in urban and other road transportation

To discover more about this course’s content and mentor, please read the handbook below.

Data monitoring and validation

The Local Authorities are facing significant barriers when it comes to implementing actions included in the SECAPs: limited competences, limited financial resources, difficulties to access European funds, limited capacity (technical knowledge).

The peer-to-peer learning program on “Monitoring, revision, and verification of data” will give emphasis to enhance the capacity of local authorities to implement sustainable projects through:

  • Development of internal administrative structures for the successful implementation and monitoring of sustainable energy action plans (roles, support, prioritization, budgeting, and tools)
  • Process to verify energy data
  • Data quality improvement
  • Development of business plans, feasibility, and environmental analysis for sustainable energy projects.

Topics of the course:

  • Vision setting
  • Establishing an Energy & Climate Team
  • Data Processing and Verification
  • Energy Modelling and Scenarios
  • Sustainable business model canvas and financial feasibility analysis
  • Implementation & successful monitoring

To discover more about this course’s content and mentors, please read the handbook below.

Indicators for adaptation to climate change

The module dedicated to adaptation aims to clarify the concept, provide keys to understanding this discipline and shed light on the methodologies, systems and tools to support public actors. The aim of the exercise is to guide participants in building their own roadmap to ensure that adaptation to climate change is fully integrated into energy-climate action plans. To this end, the adaptation module will be organised in three sessions:

  • Session 1: Setting the basics: climate change adaptation and assessment
  • Session 2: Establishing the diagnosis: methods and data
  • Session 3: Drawing up a strategy and action plan: methods and roles of indicators

Each of the 3-hour sessions will, in turn, be divided into two highlights to optimise the pace of the training. In addition to the contribution of knowledge, particular attention will be paid to interacting with the participants, taking advantage of feedback from actors involved in this field and ensuring a group dynamic.  The territorial examples and tools mentioned in this document are illustrative and do not reflect the completeness of the initiatives.

To discover more about this course’s content and mentors, please read the handbook below.

Data display, dissemination, and validation by local authorities

This course on data display, dissemination and validation by local authorities will educate and provide a sound knowledge base and understanding of the principles and best practices of data communication and presentation. Throughout the course, the participant will learn how to best identify their target audience and the key considerations to make in order to communicate a message, through the use of data, most effectively. Alongside this, the key modes of data communication will be identified with a detailed breakdown of how these modes can be replicated for any respective geographic area and audience.

Topics:

What determines effective communication of data?

  • Requirements imposed and regulations for data distribution and communication. – Who are the stakeholders and what audience is being targeted? What level of knowledge do they have?

Identifying the information needs of the end-users

  • What type of information is important?
  • At what level of detail?

Data manipulation and presentation in an effective manner

  • What types of data presentation are there?
  • Identifying the positives and negatives of each type of data presentation.
  • How to best prepare data to be manipulated and communicated for these modes of data display.

Implementing data display tools

  • A step-by-step instruction of how to generate specific types of data display and the tools required.
  • Specific examples of implementation (charts/ graphs, Sankey diagrams, geographical representation, online display).

An insight into TerriSTORY®, an online tool to accompany territories in following and achieving their energy and climate objectives

  • TerriSTORY® and its creation.
  • Key data inputs required.
  • How can this tool be used at a European level for other organisations and territories.

Different modes of data dissemination

  • How to evaluate the best method to communicate data
  • Different types of data dissemination available
  • What to consider when creating a communication package (newsletter, technical reports, etc.)

To discover more about this course’s content and mentors, please read the handbook below.