HERON management scheme aims to ensure fulfillment of the scientific, technological and exploitation objectives of the project. Management of HERON shall include all necessary activities to ensure integration of potential and resources of partners. It shall guarantee the quality of the actions outcome by installing appropriate feedback mechanisms, correcting actions and risk prevalence. To achieve this, a Steering Committee will be settled by consortium partners aiming at the scientific coordination and technical management of the project activities. The management structure will guarantee all parties involvement in decision-taking.
The management structure is organized in two (2) interactive levels:
• First level: The overall work of the project is coordinated by the Project Coordinator [PC] (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA-KEPA) - No. 1), direct responsible to the contracting authority.
At the scientific level, the Project coordinator (UoA-KEPA) will handle the scientific management of the project to make sure that the time plan is followed, the deliverables meet quality standards and that technical issues are being resolved and will prepare and produce the technical progress reports in close cooperation with the partners. The coordinator will act as an interface between the Consortium and the Commission.
The PC will be responsible for decisions concerning:
- Relations between participants and their cooperation priorities of work packages, tasks, coordination of project activities, cooperation problems assistance, proper execution of the time schedule, reallocation of resources when necessary, supervision of the quality of the produced output, activities leading to support of research initiatives.
- Relations of participants with the European Commission (dissemination of reports, deliverables etc) and with international or national organizations/governments/ stakeholders/authorities, management of intellectual property rights etc.
- The overall legal, contractual, ethical, financial and administrative management of the consortium according to the project objectives and European Commission’s regulations.
• Second level: It is formed by one (1) Committee:
The Steering Committee [SC] is consisted of eight (8) members representing the project participants. Three (3) SC meetings are foreseen to ensure the project’s proper execution in line with the contractual obligations. The SC overviews the smooth execution of the project. Each SC member will: i) ensure the execution of the work that is assigned to its personnel within the agreed timetable; ii) secure the necessary human research potential of its institution to participate in the necessary procedures for the completion of their tasks; iii) encourage its personnel to submit scientific papers - based on the outcomes of the project - to PROMITHEAS Scientific journal and other scientific peer-reviewed journals; iv) encourage national decision makers of the public and private sectors to participate in the dissemination activities of the project; v) to invite national stakeholders and governmental officials to the workshops and the final conference in Brussels.
The work is distributed according to expertise, human and material resources that each partner contributes to this project.
Figure 1: Management structure
Beside of all a Quality Control Unit is foreseen. It will consist of well-experienced experts on professor level from European universities, such as University College of London, University of Brighton, University of Utrecht, etc, whose names will be determined during the 1st Steering Committee meeting (kick-off). More details will be included at the Consortium Agreement.
Consortium as a whole
The expertise of the institutions that form the consortium cover the following broad topics: i) climate change (policies, technologies) with emphasis on climate change mitigation; ii) Energy efficiency (policies, technologies); iii) energy and climate change policy modeling; iv) energy and environmental economics. Most of them have been active in these areas not only at scientific level, but also at policy level as well.
UoA-KEPA (No. 1) as Coordinator of the PROMITHEAS Network, the Energy and Climate Change Policy Network, which was established in 2004, has a rich coordination experience. UoA-KEPA was the Project Coordinator of the: i) FP7 Coordinated and Support Action (Contract No. 265182) Program PROMITHEAS-4, “Knowledge transfer and research needs for preparing mitigation/adaptation policy portfolios”, ii) FP6 Specific Support Action (Contract No. 314444) Program PROMITHEAS-2, “The EU-BSEC Energy and Climate Policy Network”. UoA- KEPA has developed the multi-criteria evaluation method AMS. The method has been used by UoA-KEPA and other scholars for evaluating: i) Hellenic policy instruments and mixtures; ii) the policy mixtures for the twelve (12) emerging economies participating in PROMITHEAS-4; iii) the EU-ETS and iv) the policy mixture in a least developed country.
UoA-KEPA has been invited by the Permanent International Secretariat of BSEC (PERMIS) to contribute in developing a Network between administrative bodies and/or Centres and organizations mandated to promote renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures and policies under the supervision of PERMIS. This activity was started after the decision of the Ministers of Energy of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC), during their meeting at Nafplion (Greece, 12 Oct. 2010) to set up a Task Force with the aim to identify relevant issues within which regional cooperation can be most effective, and also to explore ways to promote green energy investments and innovative green energy projects (Declaration concerning “Green Energy Development Initiative”). The Task Force started working in April 2012 and, inter alia, agreed on the creation of the aforementioned Network.
Two of the partners have a long and precious experience with energy efficient policies of the local level (Universita Commerciale “Luigi Bocconi” (UB) - No.2 and Sdruzhenie Chernomorski Izsledovatelski Energien Tsentar (BSERC) – No.3). For the first one, UB-No.2, energy efficiency has been a key research area with emphasis on “smart cities’ strategies. UB-No.2 has investigated the socio-economic drivers of GHG emissions and energy use at urban level. For the second institute, BSERC – No.3, it has been involved in the development, support and implementation phases of Sustainable Energy Action Plans) (SEAPs) and has contributed to municipal energy efficiency and RES plans.
Among the on-going topics of research of the Universiteit Antwerpen (UA) – No. 5 are energy demand analysis with emphasis on the rebound effect, the use of “behavioral economics” and “agent based models” (ABM) as a means to integrate social and cultural elements into energy-related economic behavior.
The Wuppertal Institut Fur Klima, Umwelt, Energie GMBH (WI) – No. 6 is working in a spectrum of relevant issues. Indicatively these include: energy efficiency evaluation, particularly for electricity end-use efficiency in buildings and appliances; analysis, development and testing of policy instruments to promote energy efficiency (e.g., labeling, standards, technology procurement; energy efficiency programmes and services) from the local to the global level.
All participating institutions complement each other in covering the topics under this open call and in undertaking this proposal since they synthesize a team that has due long experience in energy models, scenario development, multi-criteria evaluation methods, climate change policy issues, energy and environmental economics, economics of public utilities, development and application of decision-aiding techniques and decision support methodologies (DSM) to integrate qualitative and quantitative information, of carbon counting; building performance monitoring and post-occupancy evaluation. Almost all partners were selected as Work Package and Task Leaders (only partner University of Belgrade – Faculty of Mining and Geology (UB-FMG) – No. 7 is not Task or WP leader).
In session 4 the descriptions of these institutions and the short CVs of their key persons that will be involved in the project demonstrate this experience. All these partners have also very good cooperation with the proposal coordinator.
All partners have an established good reputation in their countries regarding their activities in energy, climate change policies, research and innovation, while all have good relations with their ministries that handle relevant.
All planned actions are allocated to the project’s participants so as to obtain the maximum involvement and the faster decision making as well as to achieve the best accomplishment of the project’s objectives.