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SAVE ENERGY Final Documentation

SAVE ENERGY Final Video

SAVE ENERGY and ISO 50001

ISO 50001:2011, Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, is a voluntary International Standard developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) that was internationally published on June 2011.  The purpose of this International Standard is to enable organizations to establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use, and consumption. The implementation of this standard is intended to lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy cost, and other related environmental impacts, through systematic management of energy. This International Standard is applicable to all types and sizes of organizations irrespective of geographical, cultural or social conditions. Successful implementation depends on commitment from all levels and functions of the organization, and especially from top management. This International Standard specifies requirements of an energy management system (EnMS) for an organization to develop and implement an energy policy, establish objectives, targets, and action plans, which take into account legal requirements and information related to significant energy use. An EnMS enables an organization to achieve its policy commitments, take action as needed to improve its energy performance and demonstrate the conformity of the system to the requirements of this International Standard. Application of this International Standard can be tailored to fit the requirements of an organization — including the complexity of the system, degree of documentation, and resources — and applies to the activities under the control of the organization. This International Standard is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act continual improvement framework and incorporates energy management into everyday organizational practices.

SAVE ENERGY User Behaviour Transformation Process and ISO 50001

SAVE ENERGY User Behaviour Transformation Process and ISO 50001

The SAVE ENERGY User Behaviour Transformation Process was developed independently from the ISO norm (ISO 50001 was not published at the time), but the flow of operations has a direct correlation. It addresses the same steps almost in parallel. The SAVE ENERGY UBT Process can be considered the first practical and tested process that addresses the behaviour transformation towards the implementation and certification according to ISO 50001 that can be implemented in any site or organization.

SAVE ENERGY Conference

On the 16 and 17 of June 2011 the SAVE ENERGY consortium organized the final project conference. Here it was publicly presented the final results of the project experiments, namely policy recommendations, energy savings results and best practices. The conference was attended by several organizations and had a great involvement at political level. More information here.

SAVE ENERGY at the European Parliament

A meeting was held at the European Parliament, Brussels on 26 May 2011 with the objective to make the introduction and discussion of the SAVE ENERGY project work and results to date. An emphasis was given on developing strategy and policy recommendations to maximize the long-term impact of the project. The Green Paper was introduced in a presentation at the meeting. More information and the green paper will be available soon.

SAVE ENERGY @ the European Parliament

SAVE ENERGY @ the European Parliament

Lisbon Project Meeting

The first week of May was a full week for the SAVE ENERGY project and its consortium. On the 4th of May the SAVE ENERGY participated in the Conference SMART CITIES – State of the Art and New Opportunities for SMEs, held at Instituto Superior Técnico University in Lisbon. Here it was publicly presented (SAVE ENERGY – User Behaviour Transformation: From ideas to results) the first results in terms of user behaviour transformation process and toolbox and its implementation.

SAVE ENERGY at the "SMART CITIES – State of the Art and New Opportunities for SMEs" Conference

SAVE ENERGY at the “SMART CITIES – State of the Art and New Opportunities for SMEs” Conference

On the 5th and 6th of May it was held the SAVE ENERGY project meeting at the Lisbon pilot. This was the final project meeting of the SAVE ENERGY project. It was planned the final work to be performed and also discussed the final steps towards the end and the final reporting of the results, namely the SAVE ENERGY policy recommendations, lessons learned, best practices and green paper production. The final preparations were made regarding the organization of the SAVE ENERGY conference, it was assessed the status and results from the pilots and the serious game. On the second day of the meeting it was organized a workshop to complement and conclude the work of co-creation and co-development of the user behaviour transformation process and toolbox.

SAVE ENERGY Lisbon Pilot - Real Time Display

SAVE ENERGY Lisbon Pilot – Real Time Display

This was also a good opportunity to visit the pilot running the experiment and interact with the users about the experience.

Lulea Project Meeting

The SAVE ENERGY consortium organized a project meeting for the second time in Lulea at the House of Culture (Lulea Pilot) on the 14 and 15 of March 2011. The SAVE ENERGY project was now 2 years old.

SAVE ENERGY Lulea Pilot - House of Culture

SAVE ENERGY Lulea Pilot – House of Culture

This meeting was following the second review meeting and therefore served the purpose of making a status check, regarding the review meeting outcome recommendations and also regarding the serious game deployment and progress.

This meeting also had a great focus on the preparations and organization of the SAVE ENERGY Conference and the user behaviour transformation. A workshop was organized on the first day where the final results on the user behaviour transformation methodology process and toolbox started to be co-created and co-designed based on the experiments form the pilots, inputs from the users and lessons learned from the partners.

SAVE ENERGY Second Review Meeting

The second review meeting was held on the 8 of December 2010 in Manchester as it was set in the work programme. This was a good opportunity to visit the Manchester pilot (now the Manchester Art Gallery) and to have an overview of the progress made by the Manchester partners in catching up with the remaining pilots and work.

SAVE ENERGY Second Review Meeting and visit to the Manchester Pilot

SAVE ENERGY Second Review Meeting and visit to the Manchester Pilot

This work was noticed by the Project Officer and was praised.  The SAVE ENERGY project was considered to be running smoothly.

Leiden Project Meeting

On the 25 and 26 of October 2010, the SAVE ENERGY Consortium got together for another project meeting. This meeting was the last before the second review meeting and therefore focussed on the pilot implementation results and lessons learned.

SAVE ENERGY Project Meeting @ Leiden

SAVE ENERGY Project Meeting @ Leiden

At this time the testing phase was running as expected, despite some minor problems with the final implementation and the beginning of the testing phase that were covered promptly by the consortium partners. Also a huge focus was given to the user behaviour transformation methodology being implemented at the pilots. A workshop was organized so that the pilots could share experiences and lessons learn and plan the remaining testing phase and reporting.

It was also set the official launch of the serious game and the strategy to engage users at the pilots to be involved in the activities.

Coimbra Project Meeting

On the 16 and 17 of June 2010, the SAVE ENERGY project held a project meeting at Coimbra. Although the pilot is located at Lisbon, it made sense to organize this project meeting at Coimbra, being ISA’s location.

This meeting was a milestone on the SAVE ENERGY Project, since it was the first meeting after the first review. Several recommendations were made at the review to which the consortium had to respond along with changes made to the project and consortium. The consortium answered to all of these with a very positive attitude and modifications were put to effect.

This was also the first meeting since the beginning of the pilot testing and therefore it was also time to evaluate the pilot implementation and the testing progression. One of the major changes in the project concerned the change of pilot site in Manchester. Technical limitation obliged the consortium to abandon the first chosen site and find a new one. From this meeting the new pilot site in Manchester would be the Manchester Art Gallery.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery

This new site would even further enrich the SAVE ENERGY experience since this was a new type of public building: refurbished but with all the old building characteristics and being an art museum it has very specific demands in terms of climate control and lighting that directly affects the energy consumption. This was a new type of challenge that was not being addressed by the other pilots.

SAVE ENERGY First Review Meeting

On the 5th of May, 2010, the SAVE ENERGY project had its first review meeting held in Brussels. At this meeting it was presented the definitions of the five pilot cases, namelly the implementation plans. The SAVE ENERGY serious game, “Green My Place” was presented and the work done praised.

The meeting was successful and encouraging words were given by the Project Officer.

Manchester Project Meeting

On March 1-3, 2010 the SAVE ENERGY project held its 4th project meeting. After the Kick-off in Lisbon, and the project meetings in Lulea and Leiden, the SAVE ENERGY consortium was in Manchester to exchange ideas and check the current status of the development of the project. Dave Carter, Martine Tommis and Paul Hilton host the meeting at the MDDA.

Setting up the room for the Manchester Project Meeting

Setting up the room for the Manchester Project Meeting

The meeting aimed at presenting the currents status of the 5 Living Lab pilots and to prepare the first project review meeting.

SAVE ENERGY at ICT4EE

SAVE ENERGY was present at the ICT4EE event in Brussels, on February 23 2010. We had the visit of Zoran Stančič Deputy Director General, DG Information Sociey and Media, European Commission, Patrizia Toia, MEP Vice-Chairwoman Committee on Industry, Research and Energy was accompanying the Deputy Director, Juan Tomás Hernani, Spanish General Secretary of Innovation, from the Ministry of Science and Innovation. Álvaro Oliveira received the illustrious visitors and gave them a presentation of the SAVE ENERGY projects.

Alvaro Oliveira hosting VIPs ate the SAVE ENERGY booth

Alvaro Oliveira hosting VIPs at the SAVE ENERGY booth

Leiden Project Meeting

We had our last project meeting in Leiden. Three busy days.

Follow Marc Witteman, the Vice-Mayor for Economy of the City of Leiden, in his twits. He champions the project in the City of Leiden.

Special meeting at City Council board room. Via Twitpic.

If want to learn more about the SAVE ENERGY project please check our videos at VIMEO.

You can learn much more about the implementation of the sensors at the Leiden Pilot through Youtube.

SAVE ENERGY Project

The SAVE ENERGY Project aims to transform the energy consumption behaviour of public building users – focusing on public servants and citizens – by applying existing ICT-based solutions, specifically real-time information from building management systems and serious games, in an innovative user-driven perspective. The project brought together 16 partners – including public authorities, public agencies, universities, research institutes, SMEs and corporations – to implement five large-scale pilots in five different countries (see Figure below) to test, benchmark, validate and  stimulate new strategies and actions to the wider uptake of energy-efficient behaviours.

Save Energy Pilots

Save Energy Pilots

The pilots are committed to implement energy efficiency policies and to cooperate for the evaluation of innovative ICT-based solutions covering a varied range of building envelopes, usage patterns, functional programmes and available technologies. From office spaces to public schools, the building management systems of the chosen spaces make available information about heating, air conditioning, ventilation, lighting, and other equipment or devices to be either distributed in real time or fed into serious game.  The real time information technologies used in the pilots also allow some level of controlling based on preferences, past knowledge or energy saving targets. While important savings are expected from enhanced building management systems and improved awareness of consumptions patterns and simulations, it is the direct transformation of behaviours related with energy efficient that is likely to bring the most results.

Check the SAVE ENERGY Pilots

The main objective of the SAVE ENERGY Project is to address the challenges to close the attitude-behaviour gap between the awareness that energy waste is a problem and behavioural transformation to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse emissions, globally considered as one of the greatest challenges facing the public climate change agenda.