04 Dec 2013
04 Dec 2013
BUMP – Boosting Urban Mobility Plans (www.bump-mobility.eu) offers local authorities with a population ranging from 40.000 to 350.000 inhabitants a comprehensive training and support package including tailored training; mutual learning and sharing of know-how and expertise at national and international levels; professional coaching, providing advice and technical support for the drafting of SUMPs (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans); international promotion of participating towns and cities.
The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities launched its Strategic Implementation Plan this week during the conference 'Leading the way in making Europe's cities smarter'. The plan lists a set of recommendations on how to make efficient investments in urban infrastructure. Following the logic of Smart Cities, it calls for energy, mobility and ICT solutions to be integrated in one approach. Key note speaker Commissioner for Energy Oettinger, who had just returned from the EU-China Urbanisation Forum in Beijing, expects a global demand for Europe’s urban solutions. ‘The EU’s smart technology will set the standard for sustainability in the world’.
22 Nov 2013
The recent ManagEnergy networking event in Vilnius, Lithuania, was opened by Daiva Matoniene, Lithuanian Vice Minister of Environment.
A new edition of the most prestigious award competition in sustainable energy is now open. The 2014 Sustainable Energy Europe and ManagEnergy awards will once again highlight public and private initiatives that are actively contributing to the EU’s 2020 energy and climate objectives. Want to show off your achievements in energy efficiency, renewable energy or clean transport? Does your project or organisation deserve recognition and increased visibility for its commitment to building a more sustainable Europe? Then you're invited to take part!
21 Nov 2013
All eyes on Warsaw this week, with COP 19, coal industry meetings and…a ManagEnergy networking event on triggering energy efficiency investments.
The UK energy performance contracting (EPC) market is rapidly developing, with the public sector playing an important role in supporting this market.
19 Nov 2013
Investors in Wedmore (UK) Community Power Cooperative celebrated the official opening of a new community solar plant recently. The solar plant is financed to the tune of EUR 1.3 million - raised from the local community.
12 Nov 2013
SMEs are encouraged to take part in the European Union’s new Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020. With SME participation across the whole programme, about EUR 8.65 billion could go to SMEs. Of this, at least EUR 3 billion will be allocated to a dedicated SME instrument, specially designed for highly innovative smaller companies.
Speaking after the vote by the European Parliament's Regional Affairs Committee on reform of Cohesion Policy and setting up common rules for the European Structural and Investment Funds, Commissioner Hahn said,
‘Today we have seen a major step forward in equipping the EU to support Europe's real economy – to create jobs by supporting its SMEs, kick-starting innovation and fostering its low carbon economy.’
In November 2012, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Nord-Pas de Calais region and the Regional Council of the Nord-Pas de Calais region entrusted economist Jeremy Rifkin with the task of putting together the road map for the development of a post-carbon economy.
The European Commission has presented a Communication which gives guidance to Member States on how to make the most of public interventions in the electricity market. The Communication discusses how to reform existing interventions, especially renewable energy subsidy schemes, and how to effectively design new ones, especially for back-up capacity schemes.