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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.
04 Nov 2013
Germany’s municipalities are prioritising energy efficiency and climate protection. Three quarters of municipalities (76 %) believe that energy efficiency and climate protection will become more important in the future. Almost two thirds (64 %) indicated that cost pressure is the main reason for the growing importance. This is the result of a representative survey* of 160 municipalities carried out on behalf of the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency.
With Europe’s economy facing serious challenges, there is a need to find innovative and sustainable solutions to stimulate the market. Recognising this, ICLEI has co-developed the Procurement of Innovation Platform, an online hub that helps public authorities, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders harness the power of Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI)1 and Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP)2. The platform has been developed with support from the European Commission, and in partnership with PIANOo, REC and IWT.
31 Oct 2013
Horizon 2020, the EU’s flagship programme on Research and Innovation, will offer considerable funding opportunities to SMEs. In comparison with previous innovation programmes, the increase in funds allocated to small and medium-sized enterprises is over 30%. Sven Schade of DG Enterprise and Industry presented the programme at this month’s CONCERTO Conference. ‘If you represent an SME, I’ll leave you excited’.
The European Commission is organising an Information Day for Energy in Horizon 2020 on 5 December in Brussels.
30 Oct 2013
ManagEnergy capacity building workshops have primarily focused on energy performance contracting in 2012-2013, in support of DG Energy’s campaign. Nils Daugaard and Ezgi Basar report from the campaign trail and compare success factors - for early stage, booming and mature markets in outsourced energy services.
22 Oct 2013
In collaboration with NETCOM, the ManagEnergy networking event How to combine EU Structural and Cohesion Funds with other finance brought together representatives of local authority associations and with speakers from leading EU funding initiatives to look at the opportunities for sustainable energy in the 2014-2020 funding period and learn from successful projects.