ENEPLAN project tackles the lack of interdisciplinary approaches in energy planning by focusing on the enhancement of capacities of future professionals (university students in their last years, and the newly graduated). Quite often, HEI provide skills and competencies regarding RES, energy, planning and landscape in separate specializations, limiting the potential of an integrated approach. Moreover, energy efficiency strategies are often simplistically traced to a mere list of technologies, while their elaboration should require the integrated development of technical skills and environmental and landscape sensitivities (especially in ecologically valuable contexts), which need to be developed within a dedicated HE program. Hence, the project aims at developing collaborative OER, able to improve the capacities of teachers, students and researchers in energy planning in a sustainability perspective, and to foster collaboration among HEI, research institutions, public administration and business. The project consortium has been built accordingly, involving 18 partners who can provide significant contributions according to their perspective and specific expertise: universities, research centers and energy agencies.
- Fill a gap in higher education programs, focusing on Renewable Energy Sources (RES) development and planning.
- Respond to the recently emerged need for a professional profile able to work with an interdisciplinary approach that integrates urban and regional planning, environmental impact assessment and landscape design on one hand, and energy planning and RES development on the other.
- Merge the theoretically separated disciplines in an organic framework for the definition of effective and sustainable implementation strategies, following a holistic approach in which Environment, Technology, Planning and Landscape move together towards an increasingly integrated vision.
- Respond to the need of interdisciplinary educational tools in this field, through the development, testing and circulation of collaborative “Concept maps” as Open Educational Resources. Concept maps are a way of representing relationships between ideas, images, or words, and, as OERs, they can be a useful tool for teachers, students and researchers, and enterprises.
The final conference of the project was held here at Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management at AUB on Sept 10-14, 2018. The two-day conference served as a conclusion of project activities and a primary dissemination activity of ENEPLAN outputs.
More information about project partners, outputs and activities can be found on ENEPLANwebsite.