The small town of Kisielice in Poland has a lot of farmland. Over the past few years, the town has taken steps to make use of this land in order to achieve its new energy goals: abandoning its dependence on coal, reducing emissions, and improving air quality.
The ManagEnergy Award is given to public authorities and energy agencies at the local and regional level that have shown outstanding achievements in the area of renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transport. The five finalists for this year's award were presented at the 2014 ManagEnergy Annual Conference in Brussels on June 24. The winner—the Commune of Kisielice, Poland—was announced at a special ceremony.
Local authorities are taking an increasingly active role in bringing about a clean energy future. Their biggest worry: how to finance their efforts. To learn more about the increasing diversity of funding options available to local governments, ManagEnergy will be in Paris later this week at the exciting Financing Urban Development Conference hosted by the Resolutions to Fund Cities program.
The 2014 ManagEnergy Annual Conference was held on the morning of 24 June, the first session of EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014. Jointly organised with the Covenant of Mayors and Smart Cities & Communities, this year’s conference was once again very well attended (more than 350 participants plus web streaming) and focused on the problem of energy poverty, the role of local and regional authorities in addressing it through energy efficiency and other means, and innovative financing solutions for sustainable energy projects at the local and regional level.
Showing the commitment of local leaders to achieving sustainable energy transition, the mayors of 57 municipalities in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant) will sign the Covenant of Mayors on 25 June 2014.
Recently a two-day workshop was organised by EASME, to allow those working on innovative financing solutions for sustainable energy investments to share their experiences and results. A new report provides a summary of the lessons drawn from the working sessions that took place.
The City of Amsterdam plans to invest €45 million in financially viable sustainable energy projects. Launched on 3 October 2013, the fund will invest in large-scale projects that make a demonstrable contribution to saving energy, the generation of sustainable energy and energy efficiency. An external body will be responsible for operating the fund.
City of Gothenburg in Sweden successfully returned to the market for green bonds on 26 May 2014. The City entered the bonds market for the first time in September 2013 when, as the first issuer in the Nordics and the first city authority in the world, issued a green bond of 500 million SEK [EUR 56 million].
Supported through project development assistance from the Intelligent Energy Europe program, the ELENA-REDIBA project in Spain is on track to achieve EUR 100 million investment in energy efficiency and renewables. So, what happens next? Find out with this ManagEnergy interview with Mercè Rius i Serra, Deputy President for Environment, Province of Barcelona.
ManagEnergy recently attended an excellent event on community and co-operative energy hosted by the Community Power project. Here’s an interview with Jef Tavernier who authored a report on financing mechanisms on community energy project.
Energy efficiency has traditionally been viewed as a public good financed by public sector grants. But the public purse can only do so much and the pressure is mounting. With rising energy prices and an increasingly urgent climate agenda, European energy legislation is driving ambitious targets including: renovation of public buildings; energy efficiency obligations for energy suppliers; and overall demand-side reduction.
Five finalists for this year's ManagEnergy Award have been selected. The projects were evaluated by a high-level jury composed of representatives from public authorities, energy agencies, city networks, and industry and citizens associations from across Europe. The rigorous evaluation procedure considered the projects’ impact, sustainability and replication potential. The winner will be announced during a special ceremony in Brussels on June 24.
The Ile-de-France regional council held its first environmentally and socially responsible bond issuance in March 2012. It was an immediate success. The bond's subscription rate reached 175% in just half-an-hour. This meant that the Region, which was expecting a €200 million loan, saw its order book swell to around €620 million. Ultimately, €350 million was raised.
ManagEnergy spoke with Paolo Bertoldi of the Joint Research Centre’s Institute for Energy and Transport about growth in sustainable energy financing, the role of energy agencies at the local level, and the outstanding success of the Covenant of Mayors initiative.
Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools (STARS) is a three-year project designed to increase the number of pupils using sustainable transport to get to and from school, primarily by motivating kids who are usually dropped to school by car to cycle instead. This simple agenda answers the European Union’s call for energy education at school, as well as addressing the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and encouraging healthy lifestyles for Europe’s young.
Irish Energy Minister, Pat Rabbitte T.D., has launched the new €70 million National Energy Efficiency Fund with Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL), the leading energy efficiency investment manager. The fund will act as a catalyst to develop energy efficiency projects in the Irish market and enhance the level of finance available to support the clear energy and cost saving opportunity that exists for public and commercial sector organisations.
Achieve is a ground-breaking project run by Severn Wye aimed at lifting people out of unemployment and helping households cut their energy bills at the same time.Run in partnership with Wiltshire Council, Achieve provides free home energy assessments, advice and installation of simple energy saving devices to residents living in and around the Trowbridge and Melksham areas of Wiltshire.
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.
How ingenuity allowed Barcelona Province’s sustainable energy efforts to succeed in the face of economic recession. ManagEnergy speaks with Deputy Mercè Rius Serra and Officer Albert Vendrell Roca of Barcelona Provincial Council about Spain’s first ELENA-supported project, REDIBA.
In early April EASME organised a workshop for the leaders of 22 projects financed under Mobilising Local Energy Investment (MLEI), the IEE- supported facility that assists local and regional authorities develop bankable sustainable energy projects.