Intelligent Energy Europe boosting regional competitiveness through sustainable energy
5 October 2010, Brussels
EACI workshop, 2010 Open Days under the general title "Europe 2020: Competitiveness, co-operation and cohesion for all regions"
The Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme forms an important part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), which aims to boost Europe's competitiveness. Investment in increased energy efficiency and uptake of renewable energy technologies, through the IEE and European cohesion policy, is a sustainable way of increasing a region's competitiveness, enhancing economic development and helping Europe achieve its 20-20-20 energy and climate policy goals.
As renewable energy and energy efficiency become more prominent in the European cohesion policy programmes, this workshop examined how IEE projects can prepare the ground and support the deployment of Structural Funds to sustainable energy communities and regions.
- Experience: Structural Funds and Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Dr. Feliksas Zinevičius, KaunasRegional Energy Agency, Lithuania
- REPRO - Economic Growth, Competitive Advantages and employment incentives in Regions through Regional Energy Profit Clusters
Thekla Heinel, B.&S.U. mbH Councelling, Service and Environment, Berlin, Germany
- Planning and implementation of energy efficiency actions in housing in Greece in the framework of regulations 397/2009 and 539/2010
Nikos Kleniatis, Head of Unit, Coordination of National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) - Energy Ministry Environment, Climate Change, Natural Sources, Greece
- Workshop conclusions
William Gillett, Head of Unit, Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
"IEE programme further complements the use of structural funds by promotion and dissemination of information and awareness campaigns. Structural Funds, Intelligent Energy Programme and Covenant of Mayors need to work closely together in order to boost regional competitiveness for the benefit of local authorities."