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Action Overview

Action 1 – Project management
Oct 2011 – Oct 2014
Project management is the fundamental organisational activity of the project. It included planning, management and assessment of the project, the individual activities, progress and outputs. The Steering Committee, nominated by the beneficiaries, has been a main decision-making and strategic body of the project. 29 meetings of the Steering Committee took place since its nomination on 19 October 2011. This action included also ad-hoc meetings of the working groups if there was a specific need for this.

The Final report from the project ReStEP [pdf - 1.4 MB].

Action 2 – Monitoring of the project management

Nov 2011 – Oct 2014
This action was a basis for the preparation of the Monitoring report for the EC and consisted of monitoring of the project implementation and securing all the necessary data. Within this activity it has been checked whether control indicators, particular objectives and schedules has being met. The implementation of activities and budget spending was monitored and all important project info was gathered within the project documentation. This covered also Steering Committee meetings, preparation of monitoring reports and cooperation comprising preparation of various meetings and seminars during the course of the project.

Action 3 – Audit
With respect to the amount of the funds provided, the audit is a standard activity required by the European Commission. It consistsed of three particular audits performed through the whole project period.

Action 4 – Networking with other projects
Jul 2012 – Sep 2013
The main objective of this activity was the information exchange with other projects in order to build partnerships with a view of possible future cooperation as a follow-up of the present outcomes. The project team has been taking advantage of existing contacts and past cooperation with project partners as well as newly established contacts during the course of the project. Until September 2013 the following outcomes were achieved:

  • Preparations of the application for the call of TAČR – Competence Centre Program – Project Centre EUBio – cost-effective use of biomass as a future energy and material source.
  • Preparations of the application for the call of TAČR – concept note of the project “Evaluation of the economic impacts within Regional Sources Assessment system.”
  • Relationship and communication with external subjects which are thematically relevant has been established. The ReStEP project was presented, future cooperation discussed as well as possible practical applications of the project outcomes.
  • There is an established cooperation with Zlín’s region Energy Agency, which is implementing a project focused on strategic energy plans on regional level which has close links to ReStEP.
  • On 23 April 2013 workshop at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague was organised in order to establish EUBio project and centre. Main topic of the workshop was holistic view on the life cycle of biomass (production until waste management).
  • The project called “Application of the IS RESTEP and the RSA methodology for the indigenous biodiversity preservation” and it is focused on the solution of the emerging conflict between preservation of biodiversity and increasing use of energy biomass in the Czech Republic was submitted to the national Technological Agency of the Czech Republic (TACR)
  • The project entitled „Comprehensive support for strategic and decision-making processes of public administration on the national and regional level leading to optimal utilization of biomass for energy purposes with respect to food security and soil protection” was submitted to National Agency of the Agricultural Research (NAZV) program during August 2014.
  • During October 2014 the project focused on implementation of the RESTEP know-how beyond the borders of the Czech Republic with main aim towards the Danube region was submitted to LIFE program.

Action 5 - After-LIFE Communication plan
Since Apr 2014
The project’s lead beneficiary produced the "After-LIFE Communication Plan". It sets out all planned activities designed to continue dissemination and communication of ReStEP results and outputs to the target groups after the end of the project.

Action 6 - Bottlenecks and barriers
Nov 2011 – Mar 2012
Outcome of this activity is the study “Identification of bottlenecks, weak points and professional barriers in proposing, assessing and approving new, especially renewable energy sources,” and it will concern especially legislation. This action was covered mainly by workshops for general public, expert community and state administration.

Action 7 Interactive map – data resources
Nov 2011 – Oct 2014
In cooperation with all stakeholders, data resources for the interactive map were gathered, as well as conditions for data utilisation and completion of those items which were currently not available or which were present in a different data structure. These data resources were used as a basis for coding the interactive map and defining access within the framework of the new methodology. There is a fundamental structure of the data layers which are available, based on the Methodology of data layers (in Czech). This was the key activity serving as the main component for the preparation of project database. Therefore there was an emphasis on the high level of expertise when processing the data and possible certification of the data extracted. During the preparation of the layers study was created: LCA based comparison of the renewables environmental impacts (in Czech).

Action 8 - Interactive map – creation and testing
Feb 2013 - Oct 2014
Interactive map in a form of a software solution is being created. This is the basic methodological component and source of assessing and permitting renewable energy sources. With the support of this interactive map - which utilises all available databases related to the given subject and which describes local conditions in detail - it is possible to establish both urban management strategy and technologies suitable for application in specific locality across all renewable energy sources (energy from biomass, sun, wind, geothermal and water energy) for an optional method of utilisation (heat, electricity, engine fuel). At the beginning of this project cycle we produced Basic Ideas: Manual of the ReSteP project (in Czech). The “RES Interactive Map” and respective user manual is the primary activity of the project.

Action 9 - New methodological approaches
Nov 2011 – Sept 2014
On the basis of identification of bottlenecks, weak points and barriers occurring within the proposals, assessment and approval of new, especially renewable energy sources, a new methodology has been developed, called Regional Sources Assessment - RSA (in Czech). The intention is to objectively assess such resources and their impact on the environment. Action has been fulfilled mainly by organising expert workshops, e-mail conferences and by the above mentioned publication of the RSA handbook. Since February 2012 until July 2013 we organised five expert workshops for representatives of state administration, municipalities, investors and general public. During the rest of the project time the three e-mail conferences were realised. Feedback and comments gathered during workshops and e-conference were included into the final version of the handbook.

Action 10 Implementation of the methodology and interactive map
Apr 2013 – June 2014
The objective of this action was to create comprehensive Implementation plan (in Czech) of the project outcomes. This plan consisted of respective time schedules and includes list of activities through which the methodology, RES interactive map and possible practical applications will be presented. Within this action the workshops for civil servants and e-learning courses (June 2014) were be organised, which will take advantage of the (almost) final version of the interactive map. This activity also includes presentation of the project itself and its outcomes abroad, notably in neighbouring countries.

 Danubiom workshop, Istvan University
 13. 11. 2014
 Štrbské pleso
 Presentation at seminar Biogas and conference Wastewaters
 21. - 23. 10. 2014
 TREC workshop, project presentation at Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum
 10. - 11. 9. 2014
 Conference Scientific Support for the DANUBE Strategy
 25. 6. 2014
 Austria  Wien  Presentation at Austria Energy Agency  9. 4. 2014
 Sweden  Stockholm  Švédský biom, Švédská energetická agentura  2. 10. 2013
 Austria  Wels  Konference The Worls Sustainable Energy Days
 28. 2. 2013

Action 11 - Methodology and map principles – campaign
Apr 2013 – Oct 2014
This action covered PR events aimed at investors, RES operators and general public with the intention to inform those who can utilise the new methodological approach and the interactive map for their decision-making and specific steps. A Communication plan (in Czech)was prepared in order to indicate schedules, basic rules and objectives of the PR activities with respect to different needs of various target groups. It served as a framework for organising seminars, workshops, public debates and media work. The communication campaign started on 10 October 2013 during the international conference “Construction and operation of biogas power plants” in Třeboň (South Bohemia) and culminated during the second quarter of 2014.

Action 12 Enhancement of relationships R&D – businesses – public administration
Oct 2013 to Oct 2014
The enhancement of relationship among the public administration, businesses and the research and educational community took place in a form of mapping and opening the data resources for wide utilisation and for joint information activities. Another important component consisted in increasing of the awareness amongst investors and the lower ranks of the state administration about the importance of research in the area of utilisation of natural resources, biodiversity and sustainable energy supply, including enhancement of the support by public financial means.

Action 13 - Monitoring and assessment of impacts
Nov 2011 – Dec 2011/ Apr 2013 – Oct 2014
Systematic monitoring and evaluation of the project impacts including monitoring the situation before and after the implementation of the new methodology and interactive map, including awareness in individual groups and improvement of relationship among the public administration, businesses and the research and educational sectors. Evaluation and impact assessment had two major components. First one followed feedback of the target groups (stakeholders) on the availability of information and planning in the field of RES, the second one applied the tools of the interactive map ReStEP on the existing RES plans or strategies. The existing investment plans were evaluated using newly defined methods. Set of questionnaires was used to assess target groups expectations even before introduction of the ReStEP tool. Czech version of questionnaires and their evaluation can be accessed on the following links:
Questionnaire I    Questionnaire II    Questionnaire III   
Questionnaire IV    Questionnaire V    Questionnaire VI

Action 14 Logo and notice boards
Nov 2011 – Oct 2014
At the beginning of the project, its visual identity was created – logo and other elements including the Life+ programme's publicity, such as various PR materials, roll-up (in Czech), etc. These were made available for the participants during workshops, seminars and conferences.

Action 15 – Website
Nov 2011 – Oct 2014
The project website has been serving during the entire period of the project and beyond as a tool for internal and external communication and to inform the team members and partners – stakeholders, target groups – about the course of the project. It presents detailed information, outcomes and time schedules for the project's external activities, specifically dates, times and programmes of seminars, workshops, discussions, background information for the media and other official reports. The website is updated regularly. The web contains selected project outcomes and within weeks also the interactive map or more precisely the whole ReStEP software solution.

Action 16 - A layman's report
Aug 2014 to Sep 2014
A layman's report was produced at the end of the project. It presented the project’s objectives, its purpose and results to a general public. The bilingual version is available for download here

Action 17 – Media work
Nov 2011 – Oct 2014
Media work covered all available means of communication. Within the course of the project we published several press releases, news reports, expert articles, photos, etc. The project’s web presentation www.restep.cz is being regularly updated with current news and information on upcoming events such as seminars and workshops. The Life Cycle Analysis speaks in favour of renewables (in Czech) can be named as one of the successful articles. It was published in Energie 21 magazine (no. 1/2013) and its website too. At the beginning of the current project cycle, the RESTEP project was presented to students and employees of Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague through an article Interactive map projects is a success (in Czech), which was published in the university’s newsletter (no. 3/2011). At the same time the project was presented on a seminar dedicated to the current LIFE+ Programme call and on the Revolving Fund conference organised by the projects partner, Ministry of the Environment. The main part of the project’s presentation will be implemented in the following period in order to take advantage of the basic version of the renewables interactive map.

Action 18 - Technical publications on project
Oct 2013 – Oct 2014
The main objective of this activity wasto process and adapt information which are attractive for professionals (academics) and researchers and publish them in expert magazines (printed, but also electronic).

© Restep 2012;   Project ReStEP is supported by European Comission and Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic.
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