SEC Tools Pilot Communities


Ustka is a town of 17500 inhabitants located in a western part of the Pomeranian Province. Ustka is a seaside resort, what puts the town under obligation of special concern for environmental issues, including energy conservation. For the time being around 50% of residential houses are heated from district heating system. At the same time majority of single-family houses is equipped in individual heat sources using mostly coal. In Ustka 30% of fuel demand is covered by coal, 20% by gas and 16% by oil. The scope of work of the project concerns gradual replacement of coal with less polluting fuels, such as gas, heating oil, biomass or solar energy combined with end-use measures.

Pomeranian Province

Map of Poland.

There is a number of regional documents concerning environmental and energy issues in the Pomeranian Province. The most important documents: ‘Strategy of development of the Pomeranian Province’ and ‘Regional Energy Strategy with a special concern for RES’, set up goals to achieve within the next years, i.e. reduction of energy consumption, improvement of energy efficiency, minimum 19% share of RES in 2025. Realization of the project will contribute to fulfillment of the assumptions made in these documents.

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In Poland every municipality is obliged to create and implement a municipal energy plan. In this respect Pomeranian Province is one of the best regions of the country, as 110 out of 123 municipalities (89%) have already fulfilled this requirement.

One of the project partners - SAPE - unites regional energy agencies from all over the country. They are responsible for hosting seminars held to promote SEC.

SEC Tools pilot actions in Ustka

Sustainable Energy Action Plan

Old Fisherman's house before renovation.

A Decree for Local Governments, established in 1990, includes heat supply issues in the County’s responsibilities, whereas the detailed rules for energy planning are described in the Energy Law.

The pilot actions within the SEC Tools project have aimed at stregthening the planning process putting more focus on integrating demand and supply side and developing scenarios for the district heating system.

The scope of the local energy plan was defined in a view of the community vision. Subsequently an Energy Plan was developed and consulted with relevant stakeholders.

Due to realisation of the sustainable city spatial development, which meets the demands of environmental protection, it has been agreed that the best solution for satisfying energy needs is gradual elimination of coal and switching into the fuels of lower emission e.g. natural gas, fuel oil, biomass or solar energy.

Local Energy Market

Pilot actions in respect to the local energy market has included:

  • Examination of the conditions of buildings in respect to the thermal retrofitting works progress.
  • Analysis of the possibilities for heat sources modernisation for dwellings located outside the central heating grid, including analysis of RES based options.
  • Asessment of the possibilities for modernising the central coal-fired boiler plant, including biomass conversion options to reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Identification of sources of financial support for buildings and heating system modernisation.

Old Fisherman's house after renovation.

Mobilising End-users

Several pilot actions were addressed to the energy end-consumers. The major ones included:

  • A questionnaire survey examining the social consciousness level in respect to sustainable energy, energy use efficiency and available RES.
  • Elaboration and promotion of a guideline describing energy saving possibilities in residential housing.
  • Elaboration and promotion of a Guideline describing financing possibilities for thermomodernisation actions.
  • Elaboration and promotion of good practice examples – thermomodernisation actions already performd in multi-family dwellings.

In addition a wide range of dissemination activities were performed, such as presentations at seminars, placement of relevant information on the local project web page and the webpages of the Municipality and a Social Housing Company respectively.


- Context
- Status & potential
- Planning
- Instruments
- Action Plan
- Monitoring

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