Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik :
"It is good to see such solid and widespread support for the protection of the environment, even in difficult times. People are particularly concerned about air and water pollution, chemicals and waste, and they feel that more must be done by everyone to protect the environment."
Barcelona has been announced as the Grand Prize Winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2014 Mayors Challenge, a competition that encourages cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and that have the potential to spread to other cities. Barcelona will receive €5 million toward its proposal to create a digital and community ‘trust network’ for at-risk elderly residents.
Renewable energy sources are a sub-theme addressed by the relatively recently founded European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s (EIT) ‘KIC InnoEnergy’ (KIC stands for Knowledge and Innovation Community) and its office for Renewable Energies. Through its current call for proposals, launched on July 15th, 2014, it aims to strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship chiefly within the field of sustainable energy.
This autumn sees a busy programme of events and activities for sustainable mobility - here's some favourites:
A new Code of Conduct to make energy performance contracting markets more transparent across Europe was recently published by the Intelligent Energy Europe-supported project Transparense.
The first investment project co-financed under the Mobilising Local Energy Investments strand of the Intelligent Energy- Europe (IEE) programme has come to an end triggering more than €12 million for the construction of an innovative CHP biogas plant.
The Electric Authority of Cyprus (EAC) has launched a new e-charge service for electric vehicles and a network of 15 charging stations, enabling owners of electric vehicles to charge their cars at any charging station and pay for charging on their household electricity bills.
The city of Esposende on Portugal's north coast is spending € 840 000 to extend its bike path and give cyclists a seperate lane on the city's main street.
With the help of EC Network, ManagEnergy has made two new videos on financing for energy saving projects, part of its new Financing Toolbox series. One is on crowdfunding and crowdlending. The other covers energy performance contracting.
To achieve the ambitious national and European energy efficiency targets, Energy Services are a core instrument. The Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) project European Energy Service Initiative 2020 shows examples of the development and success of energy services from all over Europe and honors outstanding efforts and achievements with the European Energy Service Award (EESA).
for the Earth Hour City Challenge has been extended to 15 September, allowing ten
extra days for cities to confirm their involvement. Run by WWF in collaboration with ICLEI and the Swedish
Postcode Lottery, the Earth Hour City Challenge initiative celebrates
cities and towns that are taking actions to create a greener, cleaner and more
sustainable urban environment, while inspiring other cities to do the same.
ManagEnergy is organising three networking meetings in Brussels on the economics and financing of sustainable energy projects. To find out more and to register for these events, click on the links below: