The project has pre-assessed seven “Lighthouse Parks” from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Austria, which participate in the study, showing a high potential for joint energy actions. S-PARCS will help them to develop an “energy cooperation plan” so by the end of the project, all Lighthouse parks will be equipped with a free ICT tool supporting the decision-making processes on joint investments, at least 1 full feasibility study for the most promising cooperative project, as well as a strategy for longer-term actions.
At least 65 of the 278 companies located in the “Lighthouse Parks” are expected to benefit directly from reduced energy costs derived from energy efficiency measures, such as the use of waste heat, joint energy purchases and a wide range of small-scale renewable projects.
Improvements in the parks in terms of energy efficiency are likely to be superior to 10%, and the project’s impact will extend to the entire Follower Community, thanks to the identification of at least 20 viable cooperative energy solutions.
S-PARCS aims to reduce the energy costs and energy consumption in industrial parks, while, at the same time, increase renewable on-site energy production.
The project will move from a single-company energy efficient intervention approach to cooperative energy efficient solutions within the framework of industrial parks, thus enabling higher energy savings and the subsequent increase of competitiveness of the companies located in the parks.
S-PARCS has four specific objectives that support the overarching ambitious goal:
Increase the competitiveness of enterprises by developing, testing and deploying replicable instruments for energy cooperation in real-world environments.
Develop, test and deploy replicable business models for joint contracting of energy services for industrial parks.
Contribute to the creation of legal and regulatory frameworks that accelerate and facilitate the adoption of innovative instruments for energy cooperation and feed insights into political debates.
Build capacities and increase the skills and competencies of players from the EU industrial environment.