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In late 2013, the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) was jointly convened by the European Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) to bring together their experience to address the need to increase the scale of energy efficiency investments across the EU.
15 Apr 2014
ManagEnergy held five capacity building workshops over the past month—in Denmark, Estonia,France, Romania, and Germany. Each was designed to help participants—local and regional authorities, mostly—carry out their sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs), and encourage others to start the process of planning if they’ve not done so already. Ways to secure financing for projects—the most challenging step for most—was a central focus of the workshops.
Last month, Knowledge4Innovation organized a high-level round table titled Europe’s Energy Future: Efficiency and competitiveness through innovation and smart integration . The event was hosted by Jerzy Buzek, MEP, with a keynote speech delivered by Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger and substantial contributions from Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy, European Commission.
The European Commission's JRC regularly publishes the European ESCO Update Report . As from this year the JRC will also publish a new ESCO market report covering countries and regions outside Europe. Toward this end, they are collecting information on the latest ESCO market developments around the world.
15 Apr 2014
Presentations made at the 13 February EC workshop on synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI) and Horizon 2020 are now available.
Are you an innovative and highly qualified energy service provider or promoter? Have you implemented a successful and pioneering sustainable energy project?
The award winners will be selected by an international jury of experts and awarded at a high level event in Brussels in autumn 2014.The European Energy Service Award is organised by the Berliner Energy Agency in the context of the project EESI 2020, funded by the European Commission's IEE programme.
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.
The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) was officially inaugurated last month with an event recognising its new mandate and its ongoing success in project implementation. European Commission Vice-Presidents Siim Kallas (Transport) and Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) as well as Robert-Jan Smits (Director-General of DG RTD), Matthias Ruete (Director-General of DG MOVE and Chairman of INEA’s Steering Committee), Fabrizio Barbaso (Deputy Director-General of DG ENER), and Dirk Beckers (INEA Executive Director) delivered short welcome addresses to commemorate the new Agency, which is responsible for implementing parts of the Connecting Europe Facility and Horizon 2020 programmes on behalf of the Commission.
Bioenergy will play a crucial role in achieving the renewable energy targets by 2020. It is expected to account for more than 50% of the renewable energy consumption in Europe.
08 Apr 2014
The successful Flemish campaign Traffic Snake Game enters a new era. The aim of this game is to stimulate young children to walk and cycle to school. Starting next school year, after summer holidays, the campaign will be implemented in at least 18 European countries. Preparations behind the scenes have just started as the kick-off meeting of the newly installed Traffic Snake Game Network took place in Leuven, Belgium.
The 2014 Sustainable Energy Europe and ManagEnergy Awards competition is now closed. The EUSEW and ManagEnergy teams would like to thank everyone who took the time to send in their projects for consideration.
ManagEnergy will appear at Green Week 2014 on 3-5 June. The theme of this year's conference is the circular economy, resource efficiency & waste.
27 Mar 2014
Mr. Nils Daugaard from EC Network reports from the Triangle Region in Denmark:
‘The Danish regions are taking important steps to realize the national vision of a low CO2 emission society in form of regional Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) to steer development.'
ManagEnergy is holding one of its first capacity building workshops of the year in Timișoara, Romania today and tomorrow. The event, coordinated by AMET (Timiş County Energy Agency) with the support of the Timiş County Council, will focus on boosting SEAP implementation in the region.
21 Mar 2014
By Roberto Di Gennaro, Communication Manager, Province of Chieti
The report explains and provides recommendations for linking both policies to maximise their impacts.
17 Mar 2014
The publication bundles the findings of the 30 BUILD UP Skills national project teams. BUILD UP Skills is a strategic European initiative to stimulate the training of on-site workers in the building sector on the topics of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The national teams from 30 European countries all studied their current national situation and barriers for training after which they produced concrete measures paving the way for national and European 2020 energy targets. The measures were often picked up by national policy makers.
The results available in the BUILD UP Skills publication reveal amongst other things that more than three million workers in the EU need training on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Read more in the publication.
March is a busy month for ManagEnergy with workshops in Paris, Aalborg, Tallinn, and Timisoara. These events are designed to help municipalities carry out their sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs), and encourage others to start the process of planning such actions.
On 28 March, DG CONNECT will organize an Info Day on two Horizon 2020 calls:
The event will be held from 9:00 to 14:00 and will include presentations on the calls, a Q&A session, and an open networking session for participants to present their ideas.
17 Mar 2014
According to the results of the “Technologies for a global energy turnaround” dialogue forum, which was organised as part of German energy agency dena’s “Efficient Energy Systems” project, successful German reference projects provide a basis for the export of German technology and system solutions.