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Regional Sustainable Energy Policy

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The goal of the project was to make, introduce in practice, test, evaluate and distribute within the framework of the public administration and the business sector a new comprehensive method for urban management and regional planning in the field of proposing and assessing energy projects. The main viewpoint is the efficient utilisation of natural resources and the real environmental protection so that the number of wrongly assessed projects of renewable energy sources is reduced by 50%.

The new method uses an innovative software tool – the interactive map of conditions for renewable and alternative energy sources including biofuels.

The project created an environment and tools for effective implementation of the EU policy and regulations with emphasis on municipality and natural resources planning in all territories of the Czech Republic. It defined the possibilities and parameters for utilisation of the renewable energy sources and biofuels on the long-term scale with respect to the principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability, as well as preservation of biodiversity, food safety and local energy-supply self-sufficiency in the given locality.

The partial goals of the project were:

  • Create and bring to the legislative level a new comprehensive methodology for assessment of building and operating RES and production plants of biofuels, with the aid of an interactive map showing the conditions for renewable and alternative energy sources.

  • On the basis of existing software and data sources, create an innovative tool for objective decision-making about the utilisation of natural resources and environment for the energy-supply purposes, establishing the conditions for development of sustainable energy while preserving the biodiversity, food and energy safety, and respecting the local conditions and environmental impacts. As a basis, the geographical technology and online application was used – an interactive map, which gathers all available data into one source and bind the data with a cadastral area as a basic area unit. This map included all source information necessary for decision-making by key persons – from an overview of soil types to types of biomass grown to biowaste and other natural resources, to competitive technologies and options for output utilisation, to local specific features or restrictions of the landscape.

  • Implement the new methodology including the interactive map and bring it to the attention at the regional level, including town and municipalities, both in the public administration and among the business and in the general public, including enhancement of relationships with science and research.

  • Project start date    1. 11. 2011  
    Project end date 31. 10. 2014
    Total Project duration 36 months
    Total budget
    € 1 538 534
    European Comission contribution € 769 134
    Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic contribution € 200 000

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