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20 September 2022
“Game changing”: SPIRIT project targets climate-friendly industrial heating Sinloc is partner of SPIRIT, the new EU project funded by Horizone Europe, that aims to make heat pumps the lead heating technology for industry by 2030. Industry is responsible for over 25% of EU greenhouse gas emissions, and decarbonising it is key to achieving Europe’s climate goals. Industrial heating is a particular challenge due to the high temperatures needed by many industries. The EU-funded SPIRIT project, which kicks off on 1 September 2022, will address this challenge. It will do so by demonstrating three full-scale (0.7 – 4 MW) high-temperature (140°C -160°C) heat pump technologies (in Norway, Belgium and Czech Republic) in the food and paper industry. It will investigate how their technical and economic performance can be improved and it will show how waste heat can be used to produce steam, proving that a heat pump can supply 3 times as much heat as it consumes in energy. The project will also study the heat pump operational integration with solar thermal systems. “Bringing heat pumps into the heart of European industry will be game changing” – commented Simon Spoelstra, Coordinator of the SPIRIT Project – “In the EU we need to cut net emissions by 55% by 2030, and be climate neutral by 2050. Decarbonising industrial heating through high-temperature heat pumps is central, and with the SPIRIT project we will start making this a reality.” The project will also look at innovative business models and contractual agreements, and how they can increase the impact of industrial heat pumps. What’s more, the 17 project partners will spread awareness on the barriers and benefits of upgrading heat technology in industry, with a view to reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The project will be coordinated by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). The project partners, who come from eight different countries, represent everything from design to manufacturing and from finance to research, bringing a wide range of expertise. The ultimate goal of the project, which will run for 3.5 years, is to enable industrial heat pumps to become the reference technology for covering industrial heat demand for temperatures up to 160°C by 2030. The project partners are:
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13 July 2022
First closing at 45 million euros for Ver Capital Sinloc Transition Energy Fund, which aims to be the first true national fund dedicated to energy transition. The Fund is promoted and managed by Ver Capital, with the support of Sinloc in the role of technical advisor, has a final funding target €200 million, with a net return target for investors of 10 percent. The Fund’s main objectives include mainly improving the energy efficiency of large public buildings such as hospitals, schools, or museum hubs, developing smart cities, focusing on the digitization of parking lots and street lighting, and building all plants for renewable energy production. The joint team of Ver Capital and Sinloc can count on a significant pipeline of investments stemming from established relationships with industrial partners, within non-competitive frameworks, mainly in public-private partnerships, which already meet a significant part of the fund’s investment needs. The Ver Capital Sinloc Transition Energy Fund is set up as an impact investing platform in the energy transition and renewable energy sector and is classified as an Article 9 under the SFDR (Sustainable finance disclosure regulation) directive, which is the maximum for a financial product targeting sustainable investments. The approximately 15 investments the fund will focus on will generate energy savings equivalent to at least nine thousand tons of oil equivalent (TOE) per year and avoid the emission of 15 thousand tons of CO2 per year, according to plans. Investments in energy efficiency represent an opportunity for the investor, if well structured and managed, in relation to the excellent risk-return ratio, low volatility, and high predictability of cash flows, coupled with the positive environmental and social impact. The possibility of intercepting investment operations with these characteristics is also supported by the results obtained by Sinloc, which, in the last decade, has activated more than 1.6 billion investments in the country in favor of the development of local infrastructure, renewable energy, and energy efficiency, mainly through public-private partnerships. In order to optimize the cash profile of professional investors, the fund will see in the first two years of its life a prevalence of “brownfield” initiatives and then give way to “late greenfield” initiatives in the second phase of the investment period. “Ver Capital,” said managing director Andrea Pescatori, “has combined its management experience with Sinloc’s expertise in energy, with an innovative investment proposal that could generate investments of up to one billion euros.” Added Sinloc’s CEO Antonio Rigon: “We strongly believe in this initiative, which will allow the Fund to make the best use of our national and European experiences in the energy field, and the country to focus even more on energy efficiency.”.
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Sinloc for the recovery of the former Capraia isola prison zone

27 September 2019
Sinloc, appointed by the Municipality of Capraia Isola and in a temporary joint venture with Studio Fabbro Architetti and ArchLandStudio, is carrying out the feasibility study of the landscape design “zona ex Carcere Capraia Isola” called Aghiale. The former agricultural penal colony, established in the 19th century and active until the middle of the 1980s, is today a perfectly structured hilly area, of rare beauty and emblematic of both the problems and the potential of small isolated communities. The challenge for Sinloc at Aghiale consists in combining environmental quality with the possibility of building up sustainable activities. Starting from analysis of the environmental, natural and man-made resources, the Sinloc team is involved in identifying the territory’s fragilities and vulnerabilities and evaluating the potential use of landscape resources with regard to demands, also cultural, and to social expectations. The project envisages a path or regeneration that will consist of a series of initiatives functional to the stabilization and growth of the community, involved in the process under way as primary custodian of the territory. The activities foreseen include the recovery of terracing and of agro-pastoral activities, starting touristic deseasonalisation and scientific, study and cultural procedures, with the goal of obtaining the best possible balance of environmental, social and economic management of the territory.
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The PadovaFIT Expanded Project for residential energy efficiency begins

19 September 2019
The operational phase of the PadovaFIT Expanded project begins.  In collaboration with the Municipality of Padua, this project aims at activating a Local One-stop Shop to guide citizens in the realization of energy upgrade measures in private homes, which contribute for around 40% to total CO2 emissions. The project is configured as a virtuous example in the definition of organizational and economic models for the energy upgrade of private buildings, aiming at obtaining a saving of around 700 tons per year of Co2 emissions. PadovaFIT Expanded, although not directly financing the energy renewal operations, aims to promote the energy transition process in a residential context, operating on two fronts; on one hand, by aggregating demand (the owners) and supply (the construction sector and the suppliers) in a single meeting point; on the other, by providing citizens with information, technical, contractual and financial tools, with the objective of increasing their awareness and trust of the solutions and services present on the market. Sinloc has followed this project since its first phase of ideation and presentation to the European Commission within the context of the Horizon Program 2020. In the implementation phase, Sinloc’s role is that of identifying solutions of Smart Finance for Smart Building to accelerate the realization of the interventions and reach the minimum objectives in terms of energy efficiency. The intervention will start within the Municipality of Padua, and then be extended to the whole metropolitan area of Padua and replicated in other two “follower” cities, Timisoara (Romania) and Plovdiv (Bulgaria).
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The Elena European project for energy efficiency turns ten

19 July 2019
ELENA, the European project for enhancing energy efficiency, turns ten. Together with the European Central Bank, Sinloc has accompanied it on most of this journey. In fact, since 2012 , with the role of Advisor for technical assistance to Local Authorities, Sinloc has been involved in five ELENA projects: the Milan Covenant of Mayors (Lombardy), Chieti Towards 2020 (Abruzzo) and 3L (Veneto) projects, which have been concluded, while the FABER (Province of Bergamo) and AMICA-E (Province of Venice) projects are still under way. The projects have focused on carrying out energy efficiency interventions by means of Energy Performance Contracts (EPC), with guarantee of outcome and of sharing of benefits for the Public Administration. In total, they will initiate around 230 million Euros of investments in Public-Private Partnerships for the energy efficiency of more than 1,000 public buildings and more than 150,000 public lighting systems, for the benefit of more than 350 Local Authorities involved. In the latest tendering procedures awarded, the average energy saving obtained is of 40% for public buildings and 80% for public lighting systems.
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Social impact assessment with the Carisbo Foundation. The fair play case!

19 July 2019
Sinloc was chosen by the Carisbo Foundation to test the introduction of elements of assessment of the results in its Fair_Play call for tenders, aimed at promoting the practice of sports and physical education, seen also as opportunities for education and for psychological and physical well-being, by means of interventions aimed at the improvement of sport facilities. The work is carried out in partnership with Fondazione Zancan, with which an important supply system on the subject of result and impact assessment, characterized by a wide array of methods and tools, was developed. Measurement of the benefits created allows each organization to make aware choices and represents an element of transparency: the shared path with the Carisbo Foundation involves identifying relevant dimensions and guiding organizations receiving contributions towards the ability to valorise their actions from both an economic and a social point of view.
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