ManagEnergy is a technical support initiative of the Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) programme of the European Commission which aims to assist actors from the public sector and their advisers working on energy efficiency and renewable energy at the local and regional level.

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  • Investment Plan for Europe and the ESI Funds

    Published on 02 Jul 2015

    An Investment Plan for Europe was announced by the European Commission in late 2014 as a priority. The objective is to stimulate additional investment in the European economy to promote growth and job creation by mobilising at least EUR 315 billion additional investment and to change the way public money is spent structurally, opening up new investments.

  • ‘Energy transition can only happen at the local level’

    Published on 02 Jul 2015

    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. 

  • Low Carbon Hub launches community- funded solar installation

    Published on 23 Jun 2015

    On Wednesday 3 June, Bure Park Primary School’s Eco Team launched their new solar PV scheme installed with local social enterprise, the Low Carbon Hub. This is the largest sol installation on a primary school in Oxfordshire and the first community­funded solar scheme in Bicester.

  • Boosted energy efficiency in Essonne

    Published on 15 Jun 2015

    The pressure is on for municipalities to play their part in global energy transition – but where are the funds to fuel these changes? In France’s Essonne a major infrastructural shift towards boosted energy efficiency has begun... bankrolled by the global capital market.

  • Funding for SMEs to innovate for low carbon energy

    Published on 11 May 2015

    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.

  • RESCOOP-MECISE supporting citizen financing for sustainable energy

    Published on 27 Apr 2015

    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. 

  • European Commission launches report on mobilising private finance for climate-friendly investments

    Published on 16 Apr 2015

    Brussels, 15th April 2015 - Today, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) launched the report ‘Shifting private finance towards climate friendly investments’ commissioned to the Climate Bonds Initiative, 2 degrees Investing, CDC Climat, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management’s UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, and Triple E Consulting.

  • Swedish municipality issues green bonds to combat climate change

    Published on 16 Apr 2015

    In October 2014, Örebro Kommun, rated AA+ by Standard and Poors, issued 5 year bonds of SEK 750 million (82 million euro / 104 million USD), to support the funding of projects aimed at facilitating the transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient growth.

  • Wave Energy Scotland launches £7m wave energy innovation call

    Published on 25 Mar 2015

    Wave Energy Scotland has launched a £7 million innovation call for the development of technology that can accelerate the progress of Power Take-Off (PTO) Systems in the wave energy industry.

  • What is smart specialisation?

    Published on 20 Mar 2015

    What is smart specialisation? In a nutshell, this is a new aspect of regional policy which can support the most effective use of the EUR 38 billion ESI funds allocated for transition to a low carbon economy between now and 2020.

  • Transnational summer camp prepares Europe’s youth for a greener tomorrow.

    Published on 19 Mar 2015

    This summer, teenagers from Austria and Slovakia will gather at Donau-Auen National Park for the Energy Busters international summer camp. They will spend five days camping outdoors, visiting an array of renewable energy plants, participating in workshops with regional energy stakeholders, and building their own solar cooker at this inspiring, free, energy-focussed summer camp.

  • Teaching through tales – free storybook app aims at creating a generation of energy heroes.

    Published on 19 Mar 2015

    ‘It’s today’s kids who will be dealing with climate change,’ says entrepreneur Andriy Shmyhelskyy, ‘and it is they who are educating parents on energy efficiency.’ 

  • SAUCE – get the recipe

    Published on 18 Mar 2015

    The Schools at University for Climate and Energy (SAUCE) programme has its roots in a 2005 pilot project, ‘Schools At University for Climate and Energy,’ developed byFreie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin)’s Karola Braun-Wanke. 

  • Low carbon Energy Union for jobs and growth

    Published on 09 Mar 2015

    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.

  • The heat is on: district energy in Poland

    Published on 19 Feb 2015

    Close to 16 million Polish citizens are served by district heating, representing 41 % of the population. However, rehabilitation of the existing transmission and distribution network is urgently required (as almost half of the distribution network is older than 20 years). More than half the heat supplied to the network is produced through traditional installations, consequently there is potential for 25-30% fuel savings by developing heat production in combined heat and power plants.

  • EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 will take place 15-19 June 2015

    Published on 17 Feb 2015

    The European Commission cordially invites energy stakeholders to apply for the organisation of a session during the Policy Conference, or to propose a speaker. If you want to contribute to the debate on the existing sustainable energy policies and how they should evolve and develop in view of the 2030 and 2050 objectives, send us your proposal by Friday 27 March 2015.

  • Financial instruments under European Structural and Investment Funds

    Published on 17 Feb 2015

    Despite the allocation of more than EUR 38 billion of ESI funds to the low carbon economy, the financial resources needed to fulfil the objectives of European 2020 policy are beyond the capacity of the public budget. 

  • This month in Energy Education

    Published on 16 Feb 2015

    January has seen great developments for some of Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)’s youth energy-awareness projects. With the creation of great new resources and multi-media campaigning tools, as well as the invaluable knowledge sharing offered by this month’s conferences, ongoing IEE projects look set to go from strength to strength this year.

  • Ireland’s Energy Authority turns obligation to opportunity

    Published on 10 Feb 2015

    With energy audits on public buildings now compulsory, Ireland’s Energy Authority offers great support systems, tracking, training, education and advice into its new online audit system.