GBC ME: LEGEND Project Oct 2012 to Mar 2015

Extracted from the Annual Report to Members by the GBC ME Board of Governors

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See also the Project website, which has full details of the whole project, including the results (savings) from all the Partners who installed Ground Source Heat Pumps.

LEGEND PROJECT 2014

This EU Adriatic IPA-funded project aimed to promote awareness in Ground Coupled Heat Pumps as an energy source, and to create more demand for the use of this technology. GBC ME is the only partner which is not a government authority or agency (most partners are regional or municipal authorities). The project started on 01 October 2012 and finished on 31 December 2014 after an extension of 3 months from 30 September. An application to extend the project again has been submitted to the Adriatic IPA management to allow additional work to be done by other partners. LEGEND was a major area of work for the President, helped considerably by Anke Harris-Collins.

GBC ME was the Lead Partner for the most important part of the project, that of establishing the market and legislative barriers to the greater use of the technology and proposing solutions to overcome those barriers. We designed a questionnaire which was used by all partners as a basis for the analysis of these barriers. The results were a significant part of the final project publication, as well as highlighting areas for future EU projects.

Maša Perović continued to be the mainstay of the project generally as well as the research Work Package. Sadly Darka Kostić had to retire due to health reasons, but was replaced by the extremely competent Zoran Djokić on the overall communications side. Žarko Krčunović’s input on the essential and vital liaison with the Ministry of Finance was vital. The amount originally budgeted for GBC ME was €148400, which was reduced by €7000 as part of an overall cut in funding by the Adriatic IPA due to a slow rate of spending by the other partners. Cash flow was a major issue, which seriously inhibited the GBC’s ability to undertake its targeted activities. We will be lucky to receive the final refund of our expenditure before the end of 2015. This is entirely due to the over-lengthy bureaucratic procedures used by the Adriatic IPA management.

LEGEND PROJECT 2013

This EU Adriatic IPA-funded project is intended to promote awareness in Ground Coupled Heat Pumps as an energy source, and to create more demand for the use of this technology. GBC ME is the only partner which is not a government authority or agency (most partners are regional or municipal authorities). LEGEND continues to be a major area of work for the President, helped considerably by Anke Harris-Collins and (while she was on the Board) Branka Popović.

We are the Lead Partner for the most important part of the project, that of establishing what are market and legislative barriers to the greater use of the technology and proposing solutions to overcome those barriers. We have designed a questionnaire which is being used by all partners to gain information on which to base this analysis.

In April, we contracted Maša Perović as an external expert to help with aspects of the project, especially the part for which we are the Lead. At the beginning of October she was joined by two other external experts: Darka Kostić, specialising in communications, and Žarko Krčunović, specialising in administration especially the essential and vital liaison with the Ministry of Finance. The amount originally budgeted for GBC ME was €148400, which was reduced by €7000 as part of an overall cut in funding by the Adriatic IPA due to a slow rate of spending by the other partners. Cash flow is a serious issue, which may prevent GBC ME’s continued participation. EU funding rules are lengthy and bureaucratic in the extreme. Refunds are given only for funds actually paid out and can take 8 months to arrive after submission of the claim.

James Collins presented the LEGEND project to staff and students in the Montenegro Business School (part of the Mediterranean University) and in the Faculty of Architecture. He also presented the project to an invited audience on the premises of Porto Montenegro on 26 April as GBC ME’s contribution to Earth Day..

The other Montenegrin Partner, Kotor Municipality, withdrew during 2013 citing budgetary problems. GBC ME facilitated the replacement of Kotor by Danilovgrad Municipality which has been formally approved (after a very lengthy process). Danilovgrad will convert the heating system for their Culture Centre from electricity to Ground Coupled Heat Pumps.

James Collins as Project Coordinator and Anke Harris-Collins as Communications Manager attended Project Coordinating Committee meetings in Rabac, Croatia on 11 & 12 April, and Koper Slovenia on 29 & 30 October. In Rabac they were accompanied by Mrs Branka Koncar Popović, as Finance Manager. In Koper Maša Perović came as the expert on the Work Package for which GBC ME leads. The next Coordinating Committee meeting will be held in Banja Luka in May (2014).

From Annual Report for 2012

The LEGEND project continues to be a major area of work for the President, helped considerably by Anke Harris-Collins and Branka Popović. The amount budgeted for GBC ME totals €148400, of which our contribution at 15% (standard for EU-funded projects) needs to be generated from within our own resources. Cash flow is a serious issue, which may prevent GBC ME’s continued participation. EU funding rules are lengthy and bureaucratic in the extreme, and refunds are given only for funds actually paid out. Refunds can take 8 months to arrive after submission of the claim.

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