Supported by Intelligent Energy Europe, the project Mobilising Local Energy Investment (MLEI) Cambridgeshire (L-CIF), which has been running since late 2012, aimed at testing the business case for a local Low Carbon Investment Fund by using public money and public sector projects to leverage private investment and develop a bankable pipeline of projects.
The context for sustainable energy has changed rapidly during the last decade – with many new players – financial institutions, national authorities and grassroots initiatives (such as the community energy movement ) engaged and active in the field.
See ManagEnergy’s pick of events below – stay tuned for reports or follow us @EU_ManagEnergy – and if you’re in Brussels come and say hello.
Happy Open Days – see you there!
Interested stakeholders – such as staff working on mobility in municipalities or regional authorities, elected officials of municipalities and regions, energy and mobility experts, members of the European Parliament and institutions – are invited to join the upcoming Open Days workshop on Active transport in the metropolitan century: Policies and measures to support walking and cycling and their impact on urban development.
Sustainable energy is already benefitting from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI, also known as the Juncker Plan).
The GaSeS project from SENSIA Solutions, aims at developing the first low-cost handheld infrared camera for fugitive emissions, early detection and location. It is expected to increase energy efficiency in industrial plants, infrastructures and utilities; addressing the industry’s need to tackle gas leaks and increase efficiency, security, environmental care and pollution control.
Marie Donnelly is a Director at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy. Here she talks about empowering citizens in the energy transition and her vision of Europe’s energy future.
As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, the European Commission is hand-picking potentially disruptive businesses to invest and support as part of the SME Instrument. Successful applicants could receive up to €2.5 million in funding, and world-class business coaching.
Exciting new models of financing for sustainable energy are emerging – and supported by the European Commission’s EUR 80 billion funding program Horizon 2020. Granted EUR 2 million in funding under the Horizon 2020 call EE-20, the RESCOOP MECISE project plans to trigger EUR 111 million of investment into sustainable energy.
As the European Commission releases its new Energy Union strategy, it is the perfect time for Europe to seize the moment and commit to the creation of a low carbon Energy Union in order to stimulate jobs, growth and competiveness, and reenergise foreign and domestic investment.
Economists increasingly predict that SMEs will be the force behind the economic restructuring and energy transition that the future stability of Europe depends on. Yet the majority of startups perish in today’s market. This is why startup supports like Rockstart represent an invaluable contribution to the creation of an energy-efficient, prosperous Europe.
It is a Thursday evening in Utrecht, The Netherlands. On a stage in the Media Plaza centre, the spotlights are on the representatives of three local sustainable energy projects. Projected on the wall, a giant clock ticks away the minutes and seconds that they have to show the best of their projects’ business plans.
A recent study from Finnish bioeconomy specialists Gaia Consulting represents a welcome step towards creating a vibrant, innovative and energy-efficient future for European industry.
‘Resource efficiency offers major economic opportunities for SMEs,’ says the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), ‘both in terms of cost savings as well as opportunities to offer greener products and services.’ But trying to access these opportunities presents a risk for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and requires more knowledge and structural support than they usually have in place.
Rennes is the latest city in France to open a biomass facility to provide combined heat and power for domestic use as part of the city’s environmental drive to 2020. The EUR 45 million plant will supply 21,000 households in the south of the city with green heat and electricity and is estimated to save 37,063 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. Householders in turn will enjoy significant savings on their utility bills.
In this ManagEnergy interview Dr Steve Fawkes, author and entrepreneur, talks about how to unlock the energy efficiency value opportunity.
In the latest of a series of articles on Mobilising Local Energy Investment (MLEI), ManagEnergy looks at the prospects of Etriplus, a Dutch energy company aimed at providing low cost and secure energy supply for existing business. Secure, green and affordable supply will also help attract new business to the agro-industrial area of Greenport Venlo.