REPORT: EE MUSIC Train-the-Expert, Rīga, 12 – 13 Feb 2015

In February 2015, EE MUSIC project partner the Green Music Initiative in cooperation with its partner Ekodoma, the local energy consultancy, hosted an expert workshop in Riga, Latvia, to share and discuss our knowledge on energy efficiency for clubs and venues.

We gathered Latvian energy experts and some local venue operators for the two-day workshop. To complement the theoretical discussions, we did an on-site visit at the club JUST, which provided us with the possibility to have a real insight on what we discussed before.

This was our first event in the Baltic States with more to follow – please check our event section for further details. At this workshop we were not only sharing our knowledge but we had quite some learnings ourselves, which will help us for further implementation of energy efficiency in clubs and venues in Latvia. The learnings include:

  • The energy market in Latvia was fully liberalised at the beginning of 2015 with the result of higher energy prices at the moment. It is expected that the price will come down eventually which leaves cost incentives as a rather small motivation to save energy by investing into energy efficiency measures.
  • Further Latvia's emission factor for electricity is rather low 0,109 kgCO2/kWh – which is roughly a quarter of Germany's and way less than for example its neighbor’s Estonia emission factor of 1,086 kgCO2/kWh – due to the high percentage of hydro energy and gas facilities. When you advertise yourself as the second greenest country of the world, CO2 savings might also not crack the case to invest to save energy and thereby CO2.

Anyway, the European Union as well as the Government launched quite a few programmes to subsidise energy efficiency measures, which lately had to stand the critics that their scope was too shortsighted. But even with the situation as it is right now, we managed to show that small and medium investments in energy efficiency pays off for club owners in a manageable time frame of one to two years (depending on the investment and the energy saving potential, of course).

If you are interested in our examples and calculations then have a look at our presentation for this event. 

If your are interested in a more general explanation of what can be done to save energy, money and CO2 in clubs and venues than have a look at our training handbook "Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Sized Clubs and Venues"

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