CONCERTO communities address specific solutions depending on local conditions. The initiative as a whole, focuses on the integration of renewable energy sources (RES) and energy efficiency (EE) measures, involves eco-buildings integrating onsite RES with energy efficient building design and management, poly-generation, combined heat and power (CHP) and district heating (ideally using bio-mass). In addition, intelligent management of demand as well as local distribution grids and distributed generation are included. Yet another aspect of intelligent and innovative integration of RES and EE addressed by the CONCERTO initiative is how to tackle the issue of efficient energy storage in order to cover variability of RES supply, be it daily or seasonal.
The focus is primarily on demonstrating the environmental, economic and social benefits of integrating renewable energy sources (RES) together with energy efficiency (EE) techniques through a sustainable energy-management system (EMS) operated on a community level. Interactions and relevant energy flows between centralised and decentralised energy supplies and demands can be identified, measured and assessed.
The CONCERTO initiative provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences between the 45 CONCERTO demonstration communities, and other cities that are committed to introducing similar strategies. Communities participating benefit from the shared expertise of Europe's most advanced communities, active in the field of energy sustainability.
Communities involved in the CONCERTO initiative produce substantial benefits for all citizens at a local, regional, national and international level when fighting the climate change and improve the security of energy supplies.