Projects

ANSWER
A North Sea Way to Energy-Efficient Regions


Summary

The 2007 “Energy Policy for Europe” targeted towards improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020. The ANSWER project aimed to contribute to this policy by reducing energy use.

The project promoted the reduction of carbon emissions through increased energy efficiency amongst businesses and communities within the North Sea Region. The project called for promoting changes in practice by addressing attitudes and behaviour of businesses and societies, therefore leading to a reduction in energy use (and hence in carbon footprint).

The project developed a Climate Barometer Monitoring Tool which will be used to monitor and visualise the real time energy and climate performance of the participating communities and SMEs. In practice, by implementing the Climate Barometer Monitoring Tool, they will commit and take steps towards energy and climate impact reductions.

The partnership also investigated and tested common sourcing of energy supplies or energy efficiency goods and innovative management systems, by e.g. setting more high energy efficiency products into use through joint purchasing and stocking, and thus compensating for the comparably longer delivery time of high efficient products.

Duration
01/09/2008 - 29/02/2012
Priority
4 - Promoting Sustainable and Competitive Communities
Area of Intervention
4.3 Promoting energy efficiency in settlements
ERDF Grant
1,501,658.00 €
ERDF Equivalent
297,636.00 €
Total Eligible Budget
3,598,588.00 €
Lead Beneficiary
Suffolk County Council, UK
Ned Harrison
ned.harrison@suffolkcc.gov.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1473 264472
Beneficiaries per Country
United Kingdom
Suffolk County Council
Ipswich Borough Council
Norfolk County Council
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping Incorporated
Environment Agency
Belgium
Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij West-Vlaanderen
Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost-Vlaanderen
Germany
Bremer Energie-Konsens
Bremen, Senate for Environment, Construction, Transport and European Affairs (SUBVE)
RKW Bremen GmbH
Sweden
Vxj Kommun
Norway
Stavanger Kommune
Rogaland Fylkeskommune
Background and Aim

Aim
The project created an ambitious partnership of North Sea regions to explore a comprehensive range of proven and innovative measures, interventions and actions to reduce the carbon emissions of communities, individuals and businesses, through improved energy efficiency. The project demonstrated and evaluated good practice, with outcomes providing models, tools and techniques for transference to other regions within the North Sea.


The project developed ways to promote and increase energy efficient consumption patterns in society, working with communities and businesses to engage and empower them to increase efficiency. This will help meet local/ national/ international targets for greenhouse gas reduction and will lead to on-going reductions in energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.

Background
The Kyoto Protocol commited the EU to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 8% on 1990 levels by 2012. The Green Paper ‘Towards a European Strategy for the Security of Energy Supply' highlights rising energy consumption and increasing dependence on external sources.

The ANSWER project aimed to contribute by reducing energy use. Assisting businesses and communities to develop energy-efficient solutions helped create sustainable communities as the foundation of a successful economy. The challenge was to turn energy-efficient behaviour from the exception to the norm. Raising awareness and generating low-energy behaviour within businesses and communities presented a sustainable solution, embedding the answers within the target population as a means of investing in their future.

Transnational cooperation allowed expertise to be shared to determine, implement and evaluate responses to each obstacle encountered.

Building a body of experience on efficient energy use complemented the North Sea's reputation as a leader in energy production of both fossil and renewable sources. It also complemented developing national/ international legal and financial initiatives.

The project developed ways to promote and increase energy efficient consumption patterns:

  • In society, working with communities and businesses to engage and empower them to increase energy efficiency
  • Establishing the partner regions as a centre of excellence for energy efficiency
  • Developing a Climate Barometer Monitoring Tool, which will be used to monitor and visualise the real-time energy and climate performance of the participating communities and SMEs.

Learning about Green IT

An example screen from the Climometer

Students shared bright ideas at Green Goggles

Climate Idols develop a Sustainable menu

Showing the Climometer to the Minister for Trade & Industry

ANSWER partners & the Green 50

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