Eight out of ten jobs in the EU are created by small and medium-sized companies – but building them can be a challenge. Only 50% of start-ups survive the first five years.
Although Europe includes five of the top ten most innovative countries in the world, as a region its innovation capabilities and overall competitiveness lag behind those of key competitor countries.
Bristol Power Co-op has now opened their second share offer. Here's what they have to say:
'We've waited until we have homes ready for solar in south Bristol before promoting it. Now we have 10 homes ready to go, which will match what we did last year in Lockleaze. There are more in the pipeline, too, and we plan to do far better by putting free solar on 125 homes, which is why we are aiming for £500,000 with our share offer. '
An informative, delightful introduction to the Covenant of Mayors and its work around Europe.
On 1-2 July, ManagEnergy brought together representatives of the European Commission with leaders of completed and ongoing STEER projects—IEE-supported projects that promote sustainable energy use in transport (increased energy efficiency, new and renewable fuel sources, and the take-up of alternatively propelled vehicles) and strengthen the knowledge of local management agencies in the transport field.
ManagEnergy is coorganising four exciting networking meetings in October: two on cycling—in Venice and Copenhagen—and two in Brussels on the economics and financing of sustainable energy projects. To find out more and to register for these events, click on the links below:
Cambridgeshire County Council is taking a leading role towards a more sustainable public estate in the East of England, having launched the procurement process for an Energy Services Company (ESCo).
The 2014 edition of ManagEnergy's Directory of European Energy Agencies has just been published. This updated edition provides contact details of 426 agencies in 31 countries.
Investing in home renovation, a sustainable and inclusive solution
The recent study published by BPIE found that energy subsidies and direct financial support for household heating cannot provide a long-term solution to the fuel poverty problem. However, vigorous energy renovation measures of fuel poor homes can give a long-term answer to fuel poverty. Case studies of EU countries financing measures against fuel poverty indicate that - even though energy efficiency measures have proven to be the most sustainable solution to the fuel poverty problem - they receive lower funding compared to income and fuel price support schemes.
Six European networks of local and regional authorities have pledged renewed support to local action for energy security, in the form of a joint declaration.
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, has won the European Green Capital Award for 2016. The award was presented by EU Environment Commissioner, Janez Potočnik.
Bioenergy will play a crucial role in achieving the renewable energy targets by 2020. However, the production and consumption of sustainable bioenergy in any of its forms (solid, gaseous and liquid), is still facing non-technological barriers that are impeding its large scale market uptake in most EU Member States.
Highlighting the increasing number of Scottish food and drink companies powering their businesses using on-site renewable energy, trade body Scottish Renewables has launched an initiative to recognise a dozen companies which are leading the trend.
The municipality of Copenhagen, Albertslund and Frederikssund have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cisco to develop the digital infrastructure of tomorrow: the Internet of Everything.
Commissioner for Energy Günther H. Oettinger spoke at the Eurelectric Annual Convention in London last week. Much of the speech (which can be found here) is regarding gas supply from Russia via Ukraine. Oettinger said
Those interested in presenting at this year's European Electric Vehicle Congress, which will be held in Brussels from 2-5 December, can submit their abstracts for review by logging in here.
The deadline for submissions is 15 June 2014.
The EVIDENCE Project, funded by the European Commission, seeks to collate the best evidence from around the world on the effects of Sustainable Urban Mobility/Travel Demand Management initiatives and measures.
The European Commission has recently published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding the Invitation for Commitments under the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities. Should you have any enquiries about it, the text is available online.