On the 19th if April 2021, the second meeting of the Regional Stakeholder Advisory Group established within the ENTRAIN project was organized. The event was held in online format and was attended by representatives of the City and Municipality of Płońsk, Skarżyn Biogas Plant, Heat Energy Company, Communal Economy Company, Association of Social Building and a University of Ecology and Management in Warsaw. Together, we discussed about future activities that remain to be implemented in the coming year of the project.

The main objective of the meeting was to discuss in detail the guidelines for planning the development of small district heating systems based on RES and the possibilities of implementing a quality management system in institutions operating in the district heating sector in the target region of the project. At the beginning, it was presented the already implemented activities, as well as the planned ones, the available project materials and the expected final results, which are ahead of us.

The members of the RSAG had the opportunity to get familiar with the results of the analysis of the local potential for using RES in district heating in Płońsk, which includes the demand for heat and the possibility to use resources such as biomass, solar and geothermal energy. During the meeting there was also discussed the Regional Action Plan for increasing the use of RES in district heating, which will include proposals for actions and methods of their implementation in the target region, sources of funding and planned indicators of results.

After a brief introduction, the participants had the opportunity to join the discussion and give their opinions on the presented actions, or propose other solutions contributing to increasing the interest of residents in district heating and renewable energy sources. At the end, the ELENA project - support for small and medium-sized heat power companies, implemented by the Polish National Energy Conservation Agency, was presented. The European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) programme is an initiative of the European Commission and provides grants for technical assistance focused on the implementation of energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy programmes. ELENA is part of the European Investment Bank's wider efforts to implement the European Union's climate and energy policies.