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The e5 Programme
July 23, 2013
Name of GP initiative The e5 Programme
Number of GP initiative AT7
Region/country Austria
Author/Email Daniel Steiner/daniel.steiner@joanneum.at
Claudia Fruhmann
Institution JOANNEUM RESEARCH
Year of implementation: 1998
Time horizon of initiative/map/etc.: Ongoing

General description:

The e5 programme is part of the klima:aktiv initiative (see A6). It stands out from among all the other klima:aktiv programmes as it specifically aims to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in municipalities. Regional e5 advisors work together with an e5 team (composed of inhabitants of the municipality) to define new projects and activities annually.

Rather than being a single project, e5 is a continuous programme that bundles together many small energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that share some common features. This ensures that measures and activities are sustainable.

Map of e5 municipalities in Austria (April 2012)

Steps in creating the initiative/roadmap/strategy:

The implementation stages in the e5 programme in a municipality are as follows:

Phase 1. Access phase: The municipality signs a contract with the e5-programme management, according to which the municipality agrees to the e5 rules. An e5 team is established, comprising relevant and interested inhabitants of the municipality. This team is responsible for steering and implementing the measures agreed as applicable in the respective municipality.
As a first step, the e5 team surveys the current status of the energy system in the municipality and the options for the municipality, and weak points are identified in order to design the respective work plan.

Phase 2. Continuous implementation actions: The e5 team is responsible for ensuring that real projects are planned, approved by the public authorities (municipality) and subsequently implemented.
Progress is monitored internally each year, including the potential adaptation or expansion of the work plan.
The so-called e5 measures catalogue contains nearly 100 ideas for measures where a municipality has the power to act.

Phase 3. External monitoring and award: At least every third year the municipality has to undergo an external audit. Municipalities are awarded a certain number of "e"s, depending on their success in reducing energy demand.

Targets and target determination:

Achievements per municipality are monitored annually. Depending on the energy savings achieved, a number of "e"s is awarded. The highest possible award is "eeeee"

Success factors/barriers:

The following factors contributed to the success of the programme:

  • The inclusion of relevant stakeholders in a municipality plus professional assistance by e5 advisors.
  • The provision of feedback about the success of the e5 team via frequent audits.
  • Awards motivate municipalities and provide a positive image for them.

Responsibility for application:

Regional e5 advisors provide assistance, for example in identifying energy efficiency potential in a municipality. However, responsibility for progress remains with the e5 team, comprising inhabitants of the municipality.

Implementation costs:

Not analysed.

Economic effects (GDP, employment):

Not analysed

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