It’s Open Days! What a week as thousands of citizens come from all over Europe to this showcase event where cities and regions demonstrate their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. With the big opportunities for sustainable energy (EUR 38 billion for the low carbon economy) available through the European Structural and Investment Funds, we’re looking forward to discussing how best to spend it.
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!
The fourth edition of this ManagEnergy networking event for energy agency directors will focus on what can help an energy agency become the one-stop-shop for technical projects and for investment plans in energy efficiency and renewables. Energy agencies will use some of the most successful examples across Europe as a basis for the interactive discussions. There will be a signing ceremony is for energy agencies joining the Covenant of Mayors Initiative or for those who joined after June 2014. Visit the Local and Regional Agencies Corner on the Covenant of Mayors website.
The focus here is on local and regional projects that contribute to the Energy Union by harnessing investment in sustainable energy production, developing smart grids, improving air quality and increasing energy efficiency. Specifically, it demonstrates how local and regional authorities can support green skills and jobs in this new economy.
The EU encourages people to think about their lifestyle decisions and find opportunities to reduce their climate impact. One way is to incorporate ecological systems into public and freight transport. This workshop focuses on public awareness of green and sustainable transport. Along with good examples of ecological transport, the participants will discuss the issue of creating an integrated European transport system.
This participatory event will present successful experiences of policies incorporating three key policies: climate change mitigation, adaptation and city greening. The event will be the ideal place for an open dialogue, with the audience being encouraged to ask for more details or to put questions to speakers in order to share and benefit from best practices.
This year’s policy push on heating and cooling along with the impetus for moving beyond grants and into more sustainable financial instruments set the context for this important workshop. The substantial allocation of EUR 38 billion via the European Structural and Investment Funds to the low carbon economy between 2014 and 2020 is an unprecedented opportunity for public authorities to develop a project pipeline and create the business case for attracting private investment into buildings refurbishments.
At the workshop new funding sources – such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – will be presented by Paul Hodson, Head of Unit Energy Efficiency, DG ENER / European Commission. DG Regio’s Colin Wolfe will give the keynote speech on supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy use with EU funds and financial whizz-kid Robert Pernetta (DG Regio) will explain all about the use of structural funds-based financial instruments for sustainable energy.
To register for the workshop, please click here
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.
The workshop will showcase examples of successful projects that maximise mobility options and release funds for smart urban road design, whilst reducing congestion, noise and air pollution. Success stories, along with challenges, from across Europe – from Brussels, Sofia municipality in Bulgaria, and from Vienna – will be presented.
Register here now for this revolutionary event!
Aimed at encouraging an ambitious climate agreement at the COP21 in Paris in December of this year, the event will underscore the pivotal role of local authorities in the energy transition and the fight against global warming. The ceremony will feature the signing of the Covenant by a number of municipalities.
The conference will introduce the enlarged scope of Covenant of Mayors, including a new target of at least 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. Also, the platform will address climate mitigation with its project Mayors Adapt. Furthermore, Covenant of Mayors is growing beyond Europe and is increasingly opening up to local authorities worldwide .
Registration for the event is through the Covenant of Mayors website.