Freitag, 19. Dezember 2014

Results of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima

Today, we gonna widen our perspective beyond Europe and have a look on what is happening on the global level: Last week the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima came to an end..  What were the outcomes?

The UN Climate Change Conference took place from the 1st until the 14th of December 2014.
195 countries participated at the 20th Conference of the Parties aiming to define a new 2015 agreement on climate change.
The overall goal of the Climate Change Conference is to limit the global warming to below two degrees Celsius. According to the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this can only be reached if the CO2 emissions are reduced by 40 to 70 percent until 2050.

To reach this goal, a multi-generation-contract for the future is needed. Personal responsibility, rationality, obligations and an appropriate financing should be the supporting pillars of a new climate agreement. The objective of Lima’s Climate Change Conference was to build a basis for the conference in Paris, where next year the new international climate contract will be defined.

The outcome of the conference was unfortunately just a minimal agreement of principles for the new climate contract. Criteria for the reduction of CO2 emissions are very vague and at the moment without obligation. The major argument during this conference was the financing. Developing countries accused the industrialized countries not to take responsibility in form of money for their harm made to the climate. The 37 pages of the draft for the climate contract include more questions than answers. However, several possible options that were accepted as a first basis for negotiation are listed.

So the outcome could have been more promising, but let´s hope that in 2015 a binding climate agreement can be successfully set up!

What´s left to say for now: Merry Christmas and happy new year to everybody!!

Dienstag, 9. Dezember 2014

Although the year is coming to an end, all our partners are working actively at the fulfilment of their tasks! We use the opportunity to present you here a further industry partner who is mainly contributing to Work Package 3 “Technology driven efficiency potentials” - SMART Technologies Association (SMARTTA).

Smart technologies association SMARTTA (LT)As a voluntary association of legal entities SMART Technologies Association is dealing with the economic and technical advancement of the smart technology sector. The aim of the association is to combine companies which relate their activities with smart technologies and associated members as well as scientific and educational institutions.

In our PLEEC project SMARTTA is represented by employee-specialists of association members. Their widespread experience in different energy sectors such as water, heat and electricity, in developing transport communication and the application of smart technologies is adjuvant and essential for the project progress. During the project, SMARTTA will coordinate and organize the efforts of these specialists in order to ensure that solutions are covering the city key aspects as much as possible and are in accordance with the project requirements.

These are some of the cluster members: LEI (Lithuania Energy Institute), Schneider Electric Lithuania Ltd., Aedilis Ltd., EICenergy Ltd., FIMA, ENSO, Elgama Elektronika Ltd., Elgama Sistemos Ltd, Kaunas University of Technology, REMC etc.

In the PLEEC project, SMARTTA is mainly included in Work Package 3 (“Technology driven efficiency potentials”). The main task is to find technical state-of-art solutions for energy efficiency and saving potentials in the cities, to adapt the technologies to the different cities and to investigate how the different solutions could be implemented on a larger scale.

We are glad to have SMARTTA on board - a partner who is giving great knowledge input into the PLEEC project due to the different profiles and expertise of its various members!

Dienstag, 18. November 2014

Back from the PLEEC project meeting in Copenhagen...

...we have a lot to report!

Having started our meeting officially with a common lunch in the venues of the University of Copenhagen on Tuesday, 28 October 2014, we split up into two different groups to go on study trips and learn about energy efficiency in Danish surroundings.

Group 1 traveled to Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, an institute at Technical University of Denmark where the PLEEC technical experts got an overview of the research activities within smart cities. During a guided tour they learned from the demonstration of a grid simulator with the possibility for flexible integration of electricity from renewable energies and storage capacities.