Community energy and renewable energy cooperatives are getting organized across Europe – ManagEnergy held a recent networking event on community power, ICLEI have a workshop coming up and the first European Conference of Citizen Energy took place in Lille, France, earlier this month.
Local and regional sustainable energy promoters received a powerful boost to this week as a host of political VIPs paid tribute to their work – ‘essential for energy security’. Meanwhile those on the frontlines were busy getting down to business learning from leading innovative finance projects – as top policymakers and financiers signaled: ‘The money is there – bring us the projects’.
What a busy time of year! ManagEnergy capacity building workshops are taking place across Europe; along with networking events on Community Energy , Innovative Financing , and Energy Transition . Check the events calendar to find a sustainable energy event near you!
At the time that the Head of State and government are finalising the agreement on the composition of the European Commission guided by Jean-Claude Juncker, it is still unclear how the EU institutions will deal with the topics of the climate change in the coming months and how these topics will affect the rest of EU policies, especially regional and energy policies.
By Simone D’Antonio
Without enough investment into energy efficiency, the EU risks missing its 2020 – and longer-term - climate and energy targets. Public funding is available – and ‘role model fund’ eeef is showing how to profitably deliver innovative financing solutions for sustainable energy projects.
It is a Thursday evening in Utrecht, The Netherlands. On a stage in the Media Plaza centre, the spotlights are on the representatives of three local sustainable energy projects. Projected on the wall, a giant clock ticks away the minutes and seconds that they have to show the best of their projects’ business plans.
Fulfilling the energy saving opportunities of public premises is essential to achieving EU 2020 goals. But how can teachers and students realise the untapped potential of school buildings?
Across Europe, teachers are discovering how cycle and walk-to-school campaigns can create classroom fun, boost kids' confidence, and offer a great strategy for teaching safety and energy awareness. There are so many ways to get kids of all ages moving towards a cleaner future!
More than any generation before them, today's children need to be equipped to deal with tomorrow's energy challenges. But in a world of rapidly changing communications, how can we engage kids in learning about energy and climate change?
The key to ProKlima’s success’, explains CEO Harald Halfpaap, ‘is the combination of funding with information, consultation, expertise and networking.’
Global VIPs are set to debate international energy security – at the municipality of Ringkøbing-Skjern in Denmark aiming for 100 % renewables
'Our biggest challenge in this new century,' says former UN Secretary General, Kofi Anan 'is to take an idea that seems abstract – sustainable development – and turn it into a daily reality for all the world's people.'
Across the member states, the educational community is getting involved in initiatives like European clean-up day or Eco-schools – Europe-wide projects designed to show kids their power to create a sustainable world for themselves. Last year the school network, Euronet 50/50, won the European Sustainability Week (EUSEW) award for an outstanding contribution to learning, and every year more and more schools are doing their part to help the European Union towards its energy goals.
About 150 people attended ERRIN’s recent Horizon2020 networking event; many representing regional and local authorities throughout Europe. Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s EUR 80 billion research and innovation programme is offering generous funding to help public authorities carry out sustainable energy policies.
On 1 October, the European Commission together with Eurocities and the European Cyclists’ Federation will hold a conference in Venice on strategies to increase cycling in cities. The conference will bring together city representatives and mobility experts from across Europe to discuss arguments, strategies and tools for investment in urban cycling infrastructure. Speakers will present examples of European cites that have used original methods to support a flourishing cycling culture.
Bike-share schemes across the world are promoted by cities as valuable mechanisms for reducing congestion, improving people’s health and cutting air pollution, however they are costly systems to run and require significant investment from both the public and private sector. With New York seeking a further US$14 million in funding for their Citi Bike scheme and London about to start their search for a new sponsor to replace Barclays’ £5 million a year support, Nick Michell asks whether bike-share schemes are worth the investment
‘It is said that the people of this region tend to be frugal, innovative and diligent,’ says Dr Jürgen Görres, head of Stuttgart Energy Management Department, ‘This culture combined with Stuttgart’s exemplary role for the region of Baden-Württemberg might have set the foundation of Stuttgart’s efforts in energy management and using renewable energies.’
A recent study from Finnish bioeconomy specialists Gaia Consulting represents a welcome step towards creating a vibrant, innovative and energy-efficient future for European industry.
‘Resource efficiency offers major economic opportunities for SMEs,’ says the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), ‘both in terms of cost savings as well as opportunities to offer greener products and services.’ But trying to access these opportunities presents a risk for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and requires more knowledge and structural support than they usually have in place.
The ‘ENERGY SAVING AT HOME’ programme is an energy saving programme for Andalusia’s domestic and residential sectors which work closely with supplier companies to simplify the process for end-users and encourage energy efficiency.