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Training session on the COMPOSE toolbox for sustainable energy planning

Τhe Interreg MED Renewable Energy Community and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete (ReSEL TUC)  organised a training session about the Sustainable Energy Planning Model & Toolbox of COMPOSE, on 10 March 2021, in the English language. 

The training session aimed to enhance local capacity on the efficient development of sustainable energy projects, providing resources and tools to foster the transition towards low carbon communities, through an integrated decision support toolbox. It was addressed to regional and local policy/decision-makers, development planners, and local authorities’ technical staff, involved in the development and implementation of local/regional energy plans.

Professor Theocharis Tsoutsos in his speech presented the climate change challenges, the UN strategic development goals,  the Green deal priorities, and supporting mechanism and discussed the opportunities of local communities for their clean energy transition. Stavroula Tournaki, focused on the COMPOSE Sustainable Energy Planning Model and Toolbox, aiming to support rural and insular Mediterranean communities to efficiently design, plan, implement, and evaluate sustainable energy projects and on building resilience by exploiting the local potential and integrating not only technical but also socio-economic and environmental aspects, with a participatory development approach. Marina Giamalaki presented the experience gained during the COMPOSE project, through the implementation of activities fostering social acceptance and local investments of renewable energy systems and promoting local value chains and circular economy. 

During this session, the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the COMPOSE methodological approach and decision support toolbox, learn more about each methodological step, as well as the main functionalities and content of the Sustainable Energy Planning Toolbox. Case studies of the COMPOSE Methodology application in Crete were also demonstrated, to showcase real cases of sustainable energy planning.