05 Mar 2014
The first Energy Council under the Hellenic Presidency was held on 4 March in Brussels. EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger represented the European Commission. The Council started with a policy debate on energy prices and costs, following the respective Communication which the Commission presented on 22 January.
The EcoProcura 2014 conference, held from 24 to 26 September 2014 in Ghent, Belgium, will address the question of “Sustainability, innovation and cost efficiency: taking procurement forward”. The ninth edition of the EcoProcura conference series will bring together procurers from all levels of government, policy-makers, suppliers and representatives from the European Commission and European Parliament.
24 Feb 2014
The Brussels GreenBizz project is establishing a dedicated business incubator for sustainable energy and the environment. Providing infrastructure and support for promoters of environmental projects, 7 500 m2 of space will be made available for start-ups, spin-offs, and companies related to the sector of the environment and energy.
Helping managing authorities in planning and deploying sustainable energy investments in buildings within their Cohesion Policy operational programmes – this is the main goal of the 'Financing the energy renovation of buildings with Cohesion Policy funding' technical guidance.
On 18 February, TV show Eco-eye featured the work of Tipperary Energy Agency. The broadcast includes extensive interviews with CEO Paul Kenny, Seamus Hoyne (Director of Tipperary Energy Agency) LIT Thurles, Michael Woulfe and Jim McGuire, Senior Engineers, North Tipperary County Council.
20 Feb 2014
Public authorities have must lead by example in energy-efficient renovation of buildings, and the Serpente project has collected a number of good practice case studies – a useful reference for those planning to use European Structural & Investment funds for renovation. In the 2014-2020 period, Cohesion Policy funds will play a major role in the refurbishment of buildings with the allocation of a minimum of €23bn for investments in the shift towards to low-carbon economy, including energy efficiency and renewable energy use in buildings.
This interactive information event organised by the European Commission is your chance to discover the SME support toolbox under Horizon 2020 and to learn how to make practical use of it. Special guest: Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.
19 Feb 2014
In January, ManagEnergy organised the first of its 2014 networking events in Athens. The occasion was the recent handover of the EU presidency to Greece for the first trimester of 2014. The event drew nearly a hundred participants. Its aim was to highlight topics of interest for both public authorities and private actors in the area of sustainable energy, and to develop proposals for the Greek government's presidential agenda (read the proposals in English or Greek).
17 Feb 2014
Meeting the challenges for the energy sector in view of the 2050 objectives, including strengthening Europe's competitiveness and ensuring security of supply, needs a strong and structured interaction with all relevant stakeholders. The first Berlin Energy Forum, which took place last week, provided a platform for stakeholders' input to the Commission's policy- making process in the field of energy.