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Business Clusters Integrated Sustainable Energy PackageS

Priority Axis

Low Carbon Technologies

Specific objective

Low Carbon Technologies

Lead partner

Intercommunale Leiedal

Start Date

19/05/2016

End Date

30/04/2020

Project budget

3 908 751

ERDF amount

2 345 251

ERDF rate

60%

    About

    Common challenge

    The scale of a business cluster like business parks fits spatially and energetically very well with mid-size sustainable energy like heat exchange, wind energy, biomass, combined heat & power, smart grids or large scale solar. Clusters offer great potential for greenhouse gas reduction. But, businesses do not adopt sustainable energy because too complex.  

    The challenge is to enhance market uptake by clusters of businesses and create synergies within business clusters. Existing barriers to implement available solutions (technical, but also financial and organizational) need to be eliminated.

    Main Achievements

    The BISEPS-project empower businesses to invest in sustainable energy, and to create synergies in clusters of businesses like business parks. A BISEPS-model tool is developed. In living labs in the 4 2-Seas countries, methods are developed and tested to involve, empower and unburden businesses from concept to implementation of sustainable energy projects. These trajectories are very promising.

    The test version of the BISEPS-model tool is alsmost ready. It will enable business park managers or other intermediary persons to identify the opportunities to create energetic synergies between businesses in a certain business cluster. The tool contains 17 "modules" focussing on photovoltaics (PV), heat exchange (including combined heat and power) and wind energy. Modules were developed and tested, now they are integrated. The tool will have an interface to be easy to use. It will be applicable in all 4 2 Seas countries. 

    In the 5 living labs, partners have identified almost €60 million of potential investments in sustainable energy with businesses. This is way beyond the expectation of €15 million. If all could be realised (which will not be the case, as there is a funnel of from concept to implementation), this would result in a carbon reduction of 63,600 tons CO2. Today, 240 companies are directly involved, another 500 indirect. 

    These figures make clear that there is a huge potential for change "on the field", but effective strategies to implement business cases are crucial. This is exactly what will be tested in the living labs in 2019: how to convince businesses and stakeholders to make it happen? Gaining trust and proving added value via development of business cases and unburdening trajectories are the answers. 

    However, already today it is clear that some barrier will be very difficult to tackle. Today, governments want enterprises to take initiative and invest in sustainable energy to reach national targets. But enterprises have very high expectations on return on investment (common from business point of view, unrealistic from societal point of view), as energy is not-core business. This is a structural mismatch. Secondly, electricity sharing between businesses is very complex today, blocking investments. The BISEPS partnership has high expectations from the implementation of the "Local Energy Communities" concept of the EU Winter Package 2016, and wants to lobby in 2019 for performant implementation in the national legislation in the 4 countries.

    Partnership

    Partners

    Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij West-Vlaanderen

    West-Vlaamse Intercommunale

    Métropole Européenne de Lille

    Gemeente Breda

    West Sussex County Council

    Universiteit Gent

    CD2E - Centre de développement des éco-entreprises