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JETforCE

Project overview

Just Energy Transition for Central Europe

With increasing energy prices, social aspects of the green energy transition have moved into focus. There is broad consensus that the transition has to be just and fair. Ideally, future energy policies and investments are co-created with citizens. The JETforCE project helps regions to better involve their citizens digitally. The partnership tests and validates two novel solutions for digital citizen engagement in policy-making and to evaluate technologies through a "just transition lense".

2,37m €

Project Budget

80%

of the Budget is funded by ERDF

Layer 1

9

Countries

11

Regions

12

Partners

2

Pilots

Duration

Start date

End date

Project progress

43%

Project partnership

Project partners

Magyarország (HU)

Lead partner

BORA 94 Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Development Agency Nonprofit LLC

Address
Városház tér 1
3525 Miskolc
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
www.bora94.hu

Project partner

Executive
Address
Universitätspark 1/1
73525 Schwäbisch-Gmünd
Country
Germany (DE)
Web
www.EIfI-tech.eu
Total partner budget
254,800 €
Address
Neuer Platz 10
9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
www.glocha.info
Total partner budget
206,640 €
Economic Development Department
Address
Via Benedetto XIV 3
40126 Bologna
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
www.cittametropolitana.bo.it
Total partner budget
180,600 €
Energy Agency of the district of Bautzen
Address
Preuschwitzer Straße 20
DE-02625 Bautzen
Country
Germany (DE)
Web
www.tgz-bautzen.de
Total partner budget
221,760 €
Address
Presernova ulica 18
2250 Ptuj
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
https://www.lea-ptuj.si/
Total partner budget
161,700 €
Address
Rudarska 1
52220 Labin
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
www.irena-istra.hr
Total partner budget
254,646 €
Address
Nerudova 1498/8
58601 Jihlava
Country
Czechia (CZ)
Web
www.eav.cz
Total partner budget
172,172 €
Department of International Cooperation/Division of Innovation
Address
Bajkalská 27
82799 Bratislava
Country
Slovakia (SK)
Web
www.siea.sk
Total partner budget
175,420 €
Department of Regional Policy
Address
Pilsudskiego 8
90-051 Lodz
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
www.lodzkie.pl
Total partner budget
159,960 €
Address
Via Zamboni 20
40126 Bologna
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
https://www.grameenitalia.it/
Total partner budget
84,000 €
Address
Franz-Pichler-Straße 30
8160 Weiz
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
www.innovationszentrum-weiz.at
Total partner budget
245,857 €

Roadmap

1

Our challenge

Across Central Europe (CE), regions must adapt to increasing demands of the energy crisis without disproportionate negative socio-economic impacts on certain vulnerable territories or demographics, i.e., enable a "Just Energy Transition". This common challenge affects multiple actors across Central Europe.

2

Main issue

Workshop participants visit the Power2Change exhibition hosted at the meeting place and have open conversations about multiple aspects of the energy transition process, both technological and social.
Workshop participants visit the Power2Change exhibition hosted at the meeting place and have open conversations about multiple aspects of the energy transition process, both technological and social.

In order to ensure a just energy transition, public authorities and energy agencies require new capacities and solutions to ensure that energy policies and investments. Citizens need the chance to contribute to measures affecting their life, work and opportunities — but this requires knowledge, understanding and equal access to appropriate digital tools.

3

Our solution

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This is where the Interreg Central Europe JETforCE project comes into play. JETforCE harnesses digitalisation as a means to co-design and co-implement the just energy transition in Central Europe. JETforCE supports decision-making on energy technology investments and promotes increased citizen trust in policy and ownership of measures, with positive impacts on individual behaviour. Ultimately, JETforCE adopts a holistic approach, applicable to all energy sectors, governance levels and territorial types in Central Europe. The carefully selected project consortium, consisting of 11 partners from 9 different regions, share this need to ensure a just energy transition, offering complementary competences and representing a wide variety of Central European territorial types — including regions under the Just Transition Fund.

4

Our approach

Over the course of three years, JETforCE co-designs and co-implements two transnational pilots to test and validate two novel digital solutions: the JETforCE Challenge Mapping Tool for digital citizen engagement in policy-making; and the JETforCE Technology Evaluation Tool to evaluate energy technologies through a "just transition lens". JETforCE builds the capacities of public authorities and stakeholders to apply these novel solutions, with project findings contributing to a joint Strategy for Just Energy Transition in Central Europe. JETforCE results in positive impacts on territories and citizens in Central Europe, enabling fairer policies and technologies, improved digital skills, and increased environmental benefits and behavioural changes already within the project lifetime. In the long-term, JETforCE envisions lasting changes in policy and investments that guarantee that no person or region is left behind in Central Europe's energy transition

News

Events

Pilot actions

Outputs

JETforCE Challenge Mapping Tool

Through the development of digital tools and engagement of stakeholders, the Interreg Central Europe JETforCE project aims to provide decision-makers with a comprehensive framework for diverse challenges in the energy transition. A goal of the JETforCE project is to offer resources for stakeholder engagement and capacity-building, promoting understanding of green energy transition benefits. Engaging especially marginalised citizens is key in order to enable a just energy transition for all. This is where the JETforCE Challenge Mapping Tool comes into play. The web-based app and connected databased, which integrates blockchain technology, allows citizens across Central Europe to report "challenges" related to the just energy transition and assess climate transition initiatives in a given region, with the ultimate goal of identifying potentially adverse effects on vulnerable communities. The beta version of the JETforCE Digital Challenge Mapping tool was launched already in September 2023 and has since been piloted in each of the 9 partner countries across Central Europe. Tested first amongst partners and the members of the Transnational Just Energy Transition Alliance (T-JETA), the groundbreaking nature of this initiative was highlighted backgrounds — underlining its potential to transform the way citizens, policy makers, and higher authorities collaborate in addressing climate change. The innovative app serves as a bridge, facilitating a closer and more meaningful connection between citizens and decision-makers. In essence, the JETforCE Challenge Mapping Tool stands as a testament to the power of inclusive citizen engagement in fostering a brighter and more sustainable future, where collaborative efforts are at the heart of effective climate action and energy transition.
Type of output: Solutions
In development
The JETforCE team providing event participants with information about the project.
JETforCe project partners distributing and promoting JETforCE project in Lodz Conference.

Joint Strategy for Stakeholder Engagement in Just Energy Transition

Through the development of digital tools and engagement of stakeholders, Interreg Central Europe JETforCE project aims to provide decision-makers with a comprehensive framework for diverse challenges in the energy transition. A goal of the JETforCE project is to offer resources for stakeholder engagement and capacity-building, promoting understanding of green energy transition benefits, including the "JETforCE Joint Strategy for Stakeholder Engagement in Just Energy Transition". The aim of the strategy and accompanying digital tools is to support in stakeholder engagement/capacity building activities across partner countries and beyond. Specifically, the strategies highlights methodologies for addressing vulnerable demographics and affected regions in the transition towards sustainable energy, encouraging open communication, promoting transparency, and offering insights for adapting strategies to local needs and contexts. Capacity enhancing refers to improving the ability of project partners / associated partners – not just project managers, but across the partners’ organisations – as well as Just Energy Transition Alliance (JETA) members to apply and successful implement JETforCE tools into their daily activities.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

JETforCE solution for digital technology evaluation through a Just Energy Transition lens (beta version)

The JETforCE digital technology evaluation tool aims to support decision-makers in their selection of a given technological solution to support regions in undergoing a just energy transition. The web-based application is a brand-new software developed within the project which analyses costs/benefits of existing and proposed technologies for green energy production, distribution and use. The evaluation can be applied to most recent technologies (e.g., IOT, big data, smart meters and thermostats, optimised process control). End users such as decision-makers at the local/regional/national level answer questions about a given technology they have selected to evaluate through a "just energy transition lens". The tool assesses the technologies based on carefully selected indicators on potential impact on socio-procedural justice, energy indicators and costs, resulting in a weighted score to support in decision-making for investments. This brand-new software analyses and compares performance of energy transition technologies actually implemented and ideal scenarios, through a cost-benefit analysis. Benefits are related to energy and socio-economic indicators. Currently, only the beta version of the tool is available.
Type of output: Solutions
In development
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Project documents

Newsletters

Media Press Releases

JETforCE 1st Media Press Release – May 2023 Fostering just energy transition in Central Europe – the JETforCE cooperation 10 May 2023

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Project Contacts

Project Manager

Katalin Szabó-Havasi
Phone: +36202523542

Finance Manager

Réka Filep
Phone: +36202730946

Communication Manager

Ben Daumiller
Phone: +4971713556807