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Plano Intermunicipal de Adaptação às Alterações Climáticas do OESTE (PIAAC-OESTE)

Date:   May 2018 - June 2019

Co-financed by: Programa Operacional Sustentabilidade e Eficiência no Uso de Recursos (PO SEUR)

Description: PIAAC-OESTE has as main goals to identify options and necessary measures to make an adaptation plan for climate change effects to protect the population, having into account current and future vulnerabilities of the territory of Portuguese WEST (OESTE) region.

Contact person: João Pedro Gouveia

CLIM2POWER - Translating climate data into power plants operational guidance

Date:   2017 – 2021

Description: CLIM2POWER will develop a climate service that integrates seasonal weather forecasts into decision making in the electricity sector. The value of current and possible future seasonal forecasts for an improved management of power generation portfolios will be assessed. Cutting-edge seasonal forecasts, down-scaled and coupled with stochastic power system models, will be used to estimate the impact of seasonal weather conditions on renewable electricity generation and electricity and district heating demand. Optimal operation schedules for the electricity sector will be derived, such as optimal operation of hydro-storage and of fossil fuel acquisition, applying a set of existing bottom-up, technology rich power system models. The final climate service is going to be made available for the whole Europe, and it will be tested with four regional case studies in Portugal, France, Sweden and in the German-Austrian market zone. The climate service is developed together with important stakeholders from the sector in an iterative process and is made available as public web service online. Power generation & trading companies, power system operators & regulators, power consumers, and water managers are going to directly profit from the outcome of our project.

Contact person: Sofia Simões

COST action 'European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and Knowledge Innovation” (CA1623) - ENGAGER

Description: The core aim of this Action is to radically transform the extent and depth of scientific knowledge about EP in Europe. It will generate a step change in how EP is theorised, detected and addressed. This will be achieved by establishing multidisciplinary collaborations at the nexus of several domains in which EP has been treated separately to date – human geography, energy studies, economics, sociology and political science. The Action will also produce innovative methods for knowledge exchange among academics, public policy officials, civil society and representatives of vulnerable households, while fostering a new generation of scholars. It will offer a unified platform to harness the analytical insights and resources produced by the large but highly fragmented landscape of funded research projects on EP in Europe.

Contact person: João Pedro Gouveia

LIGAR - Eficiencia Energética para todos

Date: September 2017- December 2018

Mapping Energy Poverty at a Regional Level in Portugal.

Co-financed by: Plano de Promoção de Eficiencia no Consumo  (PPEC), ERSE

Contact person: João Pedro Gouveia

PrioritEE - Prioritise energy efficiency (EE) measures in public buildings: a decision support tool for regional and local public authorities

Date: 01/02/2017-31/07/2019
Co-financed by: European Regional Development Fund INTERREG MED 
Total budget: 2,234,295.85 € (85% co-financing: 1,899,151.48 €)

Budget for the partner: 273,152 € (85% co-financing: 40,973 €)

Contact person: Sofia Simões

Description: The overall aim of PrioritEE is to enhance the policy making and strategic planning competences of local and regional public authorities in the energy management of public buildings in five Mediterranean countries: Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Croatia.
To this end, local and regional public authorities and professional institutions will work in strict synergy on three main pillars: Capacity building, Development of decision-making support tools, Communication and knowledge transfer. 
The main benefits that arise from PrioritEE for the local/regional partners involved is their increased capacity to implement energy efficiency measures in public buildings, to manage and monitor their energy consumption as well as to support the implementation of local action plans to reduce energy consumption of MPBs.

Coordinator: CNR-IMAA-Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto di Metodologie per l’Analisi Ambientale, C.da S.Loja, (IΤ)


Faculty of Science and Technology FCT-UNL (PT); Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving – CRES (EL); Lucanian Energy Society - SEL (IT); North West Croatia Regional Energy Agency – REGEA (HR); University of Zaragoza – UNIZAR (ES); Regional Development Agency of Western Macedonia SA - ANKO (EL); Leziria do Tejo Intermunicipal Community (PT); City of Karlovac (HR); Provincial Council of Teruel – DPT (ES)

Associated Partners: 

Regional Energy and Environment Agency from North Alentejo (PT); Energy Efficiency Cluster of Aragon (ES); Municipality of Potenza (IT)

SureCity - Sustainable and Resource Efficient Cities - Holistic simulation and optimization for smart cities

Date: 2016-2019
Co-financed by: ERA-NET Co Fund smart Cities and Communities / FAI (Portuguese Innovation Fund)
Contact person: Sofia Simões

Description: SURECITY will develop a software platform which bridge the scientific models to perform holistic and optimal assessments to design local energy and emission abatement strategies in the medium- and long-term for neighborhoods and cities and the end users of this information, i.e. municipalities, citizens and companies, allowing to design and assess the social, technological and economic impact of measures in all major economic sectors. Stakeholders will be closely involved into the definition of the requirements and functionalities of the platform to maximize the development of new services and business models including the design and assessment of policy, market measures and strategies. The platform will be implemented and validated within three cities: Almada (PT), Malmö (SE) and Judenburg (AT)

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Plano Intermunicipal de Adaptação às Alterações Climáticas do Alentejo Central (PIAAC-AC)

Date:   April 2017 - April 2018

Co-financed by: Programa Operacional Sustentabilidade e Eficiência no Uso de Recursos (PO SEUR)

Contact person: João Pedro Gouveia

Description: PIAAC-AC has as main goals to identify options and necessary measures to make an adaptation plan for climate change effects to protect the population, having into account current and future vulnerabilities of the territory. This project is co-financed by the "Programa Operacional Sustentabilidade e Eficiência no Uso de Recursos" (PO SEUR),in the context of the 'Portugal 2020' project.

LCOE for Portugal

Date:  May 2017 - October 2017

Co-financed by: APREN – Associação Portuguesa de Energias Renováveis (Portuguese Association for Renewable Energy)

Contact person: Sofia Simões

Description: The project aims to estimate the Levelised Cost of Electricity for electricity generation technologies for the case of Portugal until 2050 using a specifically developed interactive and user friendly tool.

Role of electricity in lowering the carbon intensity of the Portuguese economy

Date: October 2016 - March 2017

Contact person: Júlia Seixas

Description: Assess the extent to which electricity can contribute to become a vector for a low carbon Portuguese economy, identifying its role per economic sector, most relevant associated technology shifts, required policy incentives (if any) and associated macro-economic impacts for the 2015-2050 period.

InSmart - Integrative Smart City Planning 
Date: 2014-2017
Financed by: European Commission / CRES
Contact person: Júlia Seixas

Description: Identification of the optimum mix of short, medium and long term measures for a sustainable energy future at city level looking into the efficiency of energy flows across various city sectors with regards to economic, environmental and social criteria. A GIS energy database will be developed linked to the TIMES planning model to analyse the cost-optimal mix of measures required to meet sustainable energy targets taking into account exogenous parameters (e.g. environmental targets, city expansion). These will be further assessed with respect to non-technical criteria using a multi-criteria decision making method (PROMIΤHEE).

ClimAdaPT.Local - Estratégias Municipais de Adaptação às Alterações Climáticas 

Date: 2014-2016
Financed by: Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (APA) and EEA Grants. 2014-2016
Contact person: Sofia Simões

Description: ClimAdaPT.Local project is aligned with the main aims of the European Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change and of the National Strategy for Adaptation to CC (ENAAC) and intends to demonstrate that the EEA Grants can effectively promote adaptation at local level in Portugal. The project will meet the call objectives in five complementary ways: 1. Embedding the climate change adaptation dimension on local and municipal level in Portugal; 2. Creating a community of municipal actors, aware of climate change issues and trained for the use of decision support tools on adaptation; 3. Promotion and provision of local adaptation knowledge particularly in the definition of strategies, planning and implementation of measures and results communication; 4. The reduction of barriers and constraints on the local actors involvement on adaptation process; 5. Integrating adaptation into municipal and sectoral agents decision and planning processes. In particular, researchers from Energy & Climate Thematic Line will contribute actively to the identification and design of adaptation measures related with energy demand and thermal comfort at local scale.

CCS-PT | Perspectives for Capture and Sequestrion of CO2 in Portugal 

Date: 2014-2015 
Financed by: Global CCS Insitute
Contact person: Patrícia Fortes

Description: CCS-PT aimed to explore the perspectives for the CO2 Capture, Transport and Storage technologies in Portugal, as a mitigation option towards a low carbon economy in the medium to long term. In-depth technical studies, including risk analysis are conducted, as well as a communication process with national stakeholders, aiming to achieve a rational framework to the potential adoption of CCS technology.

HybCO2 - Hybrid approaches to assess economic, environmental and technological impacts of long term low carbon scenarios: The Portuguese case 

Date: 2010-2014
Financed by: Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT-MCES)
Contact person: Patrícia Fortes
Description: HybCO2 was a three year research project aiming to develop and implementing two new dynamic hybrid energy-environment-economy modelling tools to improving the cost-effectiveness assessment of energy/climate policy instruments and reduce their uncertainty by comparing the two tools results and including aspects beyond the conventional dual objective of emission and cost reduction.

COMET - Integrated infrastructure for CO2 transport and storage in the west MEdiTerranean 

Date: 2010-2013
Financed by: EU FP7 project
Contact person: Júlia Seixas
Description: COMET was a EU research project aiming at identifying and assessing the most cost effective infrastructure of CO2 transport and geologic storage, that will be able to serve the West Mediterranean area, considering the temporal and spatial aspects of the development of the energy sector and other industrial activities in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, as well as the location, capacity and availability of potential CO2 storage in geological formations.

RES2020 – Monitoring and Evaluation of the RES directives implementation in EU 27 and policy recommendations for 2020

Date: 2007-2009
Financed by: Intelligent Energy programme

Contact person: Sofia Simões

Description: RES2020 aimed at analysing the present situation in the RES implementation, defining future options for policies and measures, calculating concrete targets for the RES contribution that can be achieved by the implementation of these options and finally examining the implications of the achievement of these targets to the European Economy. A number of future options for policies and measures will be defined and they will be studied with the use of the TIMES energy systems analysis model, in order to analyze the quantitative effects on the RES development.

NEEDS - New Energy Externalities Development for Sustainability

Date: 2005-2008
Financed by: EU-DG Research within the 6th Framework Programme

Contact person: Sofia Simões

Description: The ultimate objective of the NEEDS Integrated Project (2005-2008) was to evaluate the full costs and benefits (i.e. direct + external) of energy policies and of future energy systems, both at the level of individual countries and for the enlarged EU as a whole. In this context NEEDS refines and develops the externalities methodology already set up in the ExternE project, through an ambitious attempt to develop, implement and test an original framework of analysis to assess the long term sustainability of energy technology options and policies.

E2POL - integrated Environmental and Energy Policies - Approaches to manage electricity production and consumption

Date: 2005-2008

Financed by: FCT/MCES

Contact person: Sofia Simões

E2POL was a three year research project (2005-2008) aiming to create a framework to develop more coordinated, effective and cost-effective energy and environmental policy instruments acting over electricity production and consumption. The results of E2POL provide fundamental data and knowledge to assess the economic and environmental impacts of the synergies and antagonisms between current policy instruments and thus, to help designing more effective instruments with lesser social, economic and environmental costs.

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