The European Commission’s DG Energy commissioned the EmployRES-II project to quantify the positive effects of renewables.
Regular readers of ManagEnergy will have noticed our recent focus on sustainable heating and cooling. This is an important topic now in Europe, with Member States due to submit the first national heating and cooling roadmaps by the end of 2015, and a lot of opportunities for project funding. Also a high level conference in Brussels focusing on the role of heating and cooling in the European Energy Transition will take place 26-27 February – not to be missed!
On 19 January, the European Commission, in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB), is launching fi-compass, a new advisory service on financial instruments for the European Structural and Investment Funds. This service is part of the "one stop shop" advisory hub, to be launched as an important part of the EU Investment Plan.
The Polish government’s National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOS) has supported the preparation of local energy plans for nearly 800 municipalities. To strengthen local authorities’ ability to carry out their plans, NFOS is building an energy advisory system staffed by nearly 100 energy experts from each of Poland’s regions. This ManagEnergy workshop will support these advisors in their work.
Cities often find it challenging to find their way through the complex maze of EU funding streams, programmes and mechanisms. To co-finance the development or implementation of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs), Covenant of Mayors signatories can however consider a wide range of solutions, whether tapping into EU budget or via other means, including alternative financing schemes such as crowd-funding, revolving funds and green bonds.
The European Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) organised an Information Day on the calls for energy efficiency under the Horizon 2020 programme on 12 December. The calls, that cover the categories Buildings & Consumers, Heating and Cooling, Industry and Products and Finance for Sustainable Energy, opened on 10 December.
The deadline for projects registering to participate at the International Environment and Sustainability Project Olympiad (INESPO) Awards is coming up this February. Across the world, child-lead projects are now being selected by their countries to compete in the international final. The scope and standard of these projects reveals the enthusiasm and savvy of today’s kids striving for a sustainable world.
For many schools across Europe, 2015 will mark the last stretch for the Euronet Max 50/50 project; the third, and biggest wave of fifty/fifty -concept school energy-saving initiatives to be launched in Europe.
For those dedicated to energy education, Christmas was not a chance to take a break, but a prime opportunity to spread energy information and promote good habits.
Not content to leave the future of their planet in the hands of their elders, 60 members of Young Friends of the Earth Europe met in Brussels this month parallel to the UN climate talks (COP20) in Lima, to follow the discussions and take action against climate change.