How to use renewable energy in the industry effectively to strengthen the potential of Świętokrzyskie companies and increase their energy independence - this was discussed during the meeting summarising the RESINDUSTRY project, which took place on 30th June. It was also an opportunity to present the Action Plan goals prepared for the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship.

The EU RESINDUSTRY project is about the use of renewable energy sources in the industry and is implemented with the support of a wide international partnership. The Office of the Marshal of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship is one of its Partners.

“The aim of the project is to develop good practices towards increasing the European Union energy independence industry sector through a greater share of RES. The long-term goal is to increase the industry competitiveness thanks to energy bills reduction,” said Katarzyna Kowalewska, Deputy Director of the Department of Investments and Development of the Office of the Marshal, who opened the conference attended by almost forty guests from the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, “Educational activities raising knowledge about the use of renewable energy in other countries are also an extremely important element of the project.”

One of the most important effects of the project is the preparation of the Action Plan for the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, which is to indicate the directions of regional policy in the field of renewable energy sources and their use in industry. The plan includes seven actions concerning, inter alia, the industrial sector needs, it also contains information specifying the specifics of actions to be implemented, their time frames, potential stakeholders, costs and sources of financing. What is extremely important - each action is precisely defined so as to show that the theory and science have passed the implementation stage. The final version of the action plan will be presented to the Board of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship for approval. In addition, the effects of the project implementation were summarised, the first, substantive phase of which ends on 31st July 2022. The most tangible effects are examples of documents that were created as part of the project, i.e. Market analysis for the Świętokrzyskie entitled Optimal use of renewable energy sources (RES) in the industrial sector in the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship and Regional evaluations of all project partners. The Evaluation Template was developed by the Office of the Marshal of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship in 2021 and then sent to the project partners for completion. The next step was consultation, evaluation and editing of the referrals and supplemented with evaluation by experts from the Office of the Marshal. Regional evaluations are a source of important information on the situation of renewable energy sources in individual partner regions and contain data such as the type and share of energy sources used in industry, a renewable energy type used in industry, the capacity installed in individual sources in the region, together with the data source [MW], nature and % share of energy use in key sectors, average RES investment rates in key sectors, for example, cost investment scope, investment scope, energy savings (energy efficiency), annual energy savings, reduction of energy costs, reduction of CO2 emissions, simple reduction cost index, reduction cost calculated with the DGC method, general socio-economic data, i.e. GDP per capita, GDP dynamics%, average monthly salary, unemployment rate%, dominant industry sectors in a given region/country, sold production of industry per capita, the share of renewable energy in electricity production, etc.

During the meeting, Aneta Smulczyńska, head of the ROP Management Department 2014-2020 at the Department of Investments and Development, presented the solutions proposed in the new legislation on renewable energy sources, participants were also greatly interested in the presentation of the assumptions of the regional program European Funds for the Świętokrzyskie 2021-2027. Let us recall that the new EU perspective is EUR 1 456 million for our region, both for investment and social projects. On Priority 2, Friendly environment, which assumes, inter alia, activities in the field of energy efficiency and green energy, almost EUR 355 million is provided. Certainly, European funds are an opportunity to implement projects in the field of renewable energy that are recommended and are popularised in the RESINDUSTRY project. The discussion was attended, among others, by prof. Zbigniew Piotrowski from the Kielce University of Technology, Jacek Kalita from Verdo Energy Systems Sp. z o. o. and Anna Picheta-Oleś, Deputy Director of the Department of the Environment and Waste Management at the Office of the Marshal.

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