On 19 January, the European Commission, in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB), is launching fi-compass, a new advisory service on financial instruments for the European Structural and Investment Funds. This service is part of the "one stop shop" advisory hub, to be launched as an important part of the EU Investment Plan.
The Polish government’s National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOS) has supported the preparation of local energy plans for nearly 800 municipalities. To strengthen local authorities’ ability to carry out their plans, NFOS is building an energy advisory system staffed by nearly 100 energy experts from each of Poland’s regions. This ManagEnergy workshop will support these advisors in their work.
Cities often find it challenging to find their way through the complex maze of EU funding streams, programmes and mechanisms. To co-finance the development or implementation of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs), Covenant of Mayors signatories can however consider a wide range of solutions, whether tapping into EU budget or via other means, including alternative financing schemes such as crowd-funding, revolving funds and green bonds.
The European Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) organised an Information Day on the calls for energy efficiency under the Horizon 2020 programme on 12 December. The calls, that cover the categories Buildings & Consumers, Heating and Cooling, Industry and Products and Finance for Sustainable Energy, opened on 10 December.
The deadline for projects registering to participate at the International Environment and Sustainability Project Olympiad (INESPO) Awards is coming up this February. Across the world, child-lead projects are now being selected by their countries to compete in the international final. The scope and standard of these projects reveals the enthusiasm and savvy of today’s kids striving for a sustainable world.
For many schools across Europe, 2015 will mark the last stretch for the Euronet Max 50/50 project; the third, and biggest wave of fifty/fifty -concept school energy-saving initiatives to be launched in Europe.
For those dedicated to energy education, Christmas was not a chance to take a break, but a prime opportunity to spread energy information and promote good habits.
Not content to leave the future of their planet in the hands of their elders, 60 members of Young Friends of the Earth Europe met in Brussels this month parallel to the UN climate talks (COP20) in Lima, to follow the discussions and take action against climate change.
Early October ManagEnergy visited the city of Vic, capital of Osona, a county north Barcelona. We discovered the work of the Local Energy Agency of Osona which four members are achieving astonishing results with their collective, smart and self-sustaining energy management approach. The agency has brought citizens a million euros worth of energy savings in the past four years. Not too bad for a county of 160 000 inhabitants.
Smilegov was built on the idea that cooperation between different levels of governance of islands (i.e. national, regional, local) can have a key role to play towards reaching the 20-20-20 EU goals in the area of energy and climate change.
There have been Six EU-US Energy Council ministerial meetings. On the 3rd of December 2014, the sixth European Union-United States Energy Council was held in Brussels.
‘We need to change the way that we think and act, as individuals and as societies. This is the aim of Education for Sustainable Development.’
Schools involved in the Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools programme (STARS) in Madrid, were visited this November by Italy’s Francesco Tonucci. The famous child expert gave an inspiring speech to teachers, kids and parents, about the impact of cycling on child culture and the importance of child autonomy. By encouraging a European culture of kids-on-bikes, he said, the STARS programme will help children to regain the streets, encouraging grown-ups to create habits that are more coherent with the world we live in.
The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) is calling for a new flagship initiative in EU2020 on inclusive education to fight inequalities and discrimination in education and training. The call is a response to the third annual Education and Training Monitor 2014, and aims at finding a way to mitigate the problems that it has brought to light.
The City of Bristol has taken over the title of European Green Capital from Copenhagen. Bristol was given the European Capital Green Award during a handover ceremony, making it the first UK city to bear the title after Stockholm (2010), Hamburg (2011), Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012), Nantes (2013) and Copenhagen (2014).
The European Commission invites you to participate in the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards. The competition is now open. Launched by the European Commission in 2006, the Awards highlight the best sustainable energy projects from across Europe.
After thirty months, the Intelligent Energy Europe project ENTRANZE is now coming to an end. A very low energy consuming building stock in the EU can become a reality with the support of the toolkit provided by the project. Read more about their findings here:
This multi-platform game has been developed by the Institute of Technology and Renewable Energies of Tenerife (ITER) and by the Tenerife Energy Agency (AIET), in the frame of the ISLA RENOVABLE Project, co-financed by the FECYT (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness). The project ISLA RENOVABLE intends to make the electricity generating technologies based on renewables more comprehensible and awaken young people’s scientific vocation.