D6.09 Report of cooperation with other EU initiatives, regional and local initiatives - updated version 1

GOPA Com., VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Czech Technical University in Prague, University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings

Since the start of the project in 2019, SPARCS has developed links with other projects and initiatives at the EU, national, regional and local levels. However, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, SPARCS partners had to find new ways to establish new connections but also strengthen existing ties.

The new set up for communication and collaboration between projects and initiatives is defined by online or hybrid formats. In the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, this transition to online activities has ensured continuity in collaboration,smooth exchanges with other projects and active participation in ongoing initiatives. At the same time, the “zoom fatigue” continues to be more evident through less participation in online activities. Nonetheless, as the covid consequences continue, online activities and hybrid formats continue to be relevant in the future. The spring of 2022 brought new impulse to European collaboration and on multiple occasions SPARCS representatives were able to work together on common initiatives with EU and global partners and to meet in person.

This report summarises the most relevant collaborations between M24 – M36 of SPARCS following the submission of D6.8 in M24. The project partners have been active in dissemination of SPARCS objectives within their local regions as well as on the European level.

This deliverable is submitted, but it is pending official approval.