The networking event was held within the framework of the 2012 EU Sustainable Energy Week on 20 June, in Brussels. With an interactive and customised approach, the event focused on investment and financing mechanisms for supporting local and regional energy actions.
Objective: The event’s aim was to provide direct and customised access to information on technical assistance grant facilities and investment vehicles for the development of sustainable energy actions at the local and regional level.
Target audience: Public authorities (local, regional and national), energy agencies, ESCOs, project promoters.
Structure: The event was structured in a ‘speed-dating’ format. Participants had the opportunity to meet in person with experts representing five financial institutions and financing instruments: EIB, KfW, CEB, MLEI, EEEF. Instead of delivering presentations or speeches, the experts met directly with participants to discuss their investment plans and project ideas. The event was highly interactive and required the participants’ active involvement. The following six experts provided their consulting services to participants:
Nearly 50 appointments between participants and experts were held, most booked in advance and some on site. Each appointment’s duration was 20 minutes. Almost 75% of participants represented public authorities and energy agencies, while the remaining 24% came from the private sector or non-profit entities.
The six experts had 20-minute one-to-one appointments with participants to discuss the project ideas' relevance, technical soundness and potential.