ICT as planning support

There are quantitative tools and analytical methods in the form of step-by-step guidance that assess which issues and trade-offs need to be addressed in energy-related decision-making and methodological processes for optimizing opportunities and minimising risks.

Decision support tools address all key actors, including consumers, producers and utilities. Their purpose is to assess the benefits (or risks) for each actor under different scenarios. The benefits and risks can be expressed in both quantitative and qualitative terms. The tools covered under this theme are horizontal. For their practical application, (market) decision and support tools may draw results from ex-ante and ex-post evaluation studies such as monitoring and benchmarking of energy systems, environmental impact assessments, social site characterisation, actor engagement tools and cost-benefit analyses. However, the development of these assessment methodologies themselves is covered under other themes: techno-economic assessment, LCA, public acceptability, user participation and cost-benefit analysis.

List of demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

PLEEC Site Eskilstuna

Cities can make use of existing infrastructure to boost their energy efficiency. As a result of careful planning, the Swedish city of Eskilstuna became the first city to colour sort six different fractions of household waste in 2010. Optical sorting was seen as a cheap and flexible system and...

PLEEC Site Jyväskylä

Societies are facing a drastic decline in natural resources, growing population and climate change, which is forcing them towards a wiser use of resources. As a consequence, recycling‐based economies, energy efficiency and cooperation between companies to save materials are becoming more common...

PLEEC Site Santiago de Compostela

The historic, UNESCO designated city of Santiago de Compostela has several urban and climatic features that can be considered positive for energy efficiency. However, the topic has not been a high priority issue for neither the society nor the municipal authorities, and thus local urban plans do...

PLEEC Site Tartu

Many Estonians live in energy inefficient, poorly constructed Soviet era apartment buildings. As a consequence, the average annual heating energy used in the buildings is higher than in other industrial nations with a similar climate. With rising energy costs, household energy consumption is no...

PLEEC Site Turku

Decentralization of energy supply enables new settlement structures in all kinds of populated areas. For example, different forms of individual heat pumps can be applied in sparsely populated areas, whereas cluster solutions with a decentralized, low‐energy heating grid can take advantage of energy...