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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.
05 Feb 2014
04 Feb 2014
UK cooperatives have welcomed the government’s first Community Energy Strategy. Released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, it could dramatically scale up community energy, according to the Community Energy Coalition (CEC).
This was the rallying title of the speech made by Commissioner Johannes Hahn recently, as he met with representatives of regional offices based in Brussels.
After nearly five years in the making, Network Rail has cut the ribbon on the world's largest solar-powered bridge at Blackfriars Bridge across the River Thames.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has launced a call for proposals through its Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for InnoEnergy. The call seeks proposals that strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship chiefly within the field of sustainable energy.
01 Feb 2014
Now in its 8th year, the ManagEnergy Award is an EU-wide juried competition that celebrates measurable contributions to the EU’s 2020 energy & climate goals carried out by local/regional authorities and energy agencies.
23 Jan 2014
A reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, renewed ambitions for energy efficiency policies, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system.
These are the pillars of the new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030 presented by the European Commission.
dena has published a new “Market Info Belgium – Solar Thermal Energy” study as part of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy’s “renewables - Made in Germany” initiative. The study provides German companies with information on current developments in the Belgian solar thermal market and the resulting opportunities. It focuses in particular on the different regional subsidy instruments and an analysis of relevant customer segments.
The 16th European Forum on Eco-innovation will be held in Hannover, Germany, on 7 and 8 April 2014. The Forum will examine enabling factors and challenges of transitioning to a circular economy model in an urban context. These will be presented through the lens of the stakeholders: city authorities, citizens and businesses.
The event will also identify and showcase eco-innovations that can facilitate the shift to a circular economy and support cities in meeting the new targets for municipal waste treatment. It will take place during the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, Hannover Messe (which will be held from 7 to 11 April 2014), and will be linked to the Metropolitan Solutions and IndustrialGreenTec fairs. It will include free access to the Hannover Messe and walking tours under different topics.
20 Jan 2014
In view of the Greek Presidency, ManagEnergy, with the support of the Aegean Energy Agency, is organising a networking event in Athens, Greece (24 January) to highlight topics of interest for both public authorities and private entities in the area of sustainable energy. This networking event will bring closer public authorities committed to reduce their CO2 emissions and companies willing to invest in renewable energy and savings. The identification of challenges and opportunities will be an important input for the Greek Government and its agenda towards the EU presidency of the 1st semester 2014.