ManagEnergy Annual Conference 2011
‘Local and regional action for sustainable energy’
Brussels, Wednesday 13 April 2011
Aimed at energy agencies, public authorities and energy actors with a local and regional focus, the ManagEnergy Annual Conference hosted high-level speakers from the European Commission, the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, cities and energy agencies from across Europe.
The conference focused on the synergies between regional development and sustainable energy actions. The latest developments in EU policy as well as in the area of technical support for sustainable energy at the local and regional level were presented. Examples of the close collaboration between energy agencies and local authorities were showcased, while discussion and experience exchange were facilitated.
- Energy policy addressing cities and regions
Ms Marie Donnelly, European Commission, DG ENER, Director
- Regional policy's dimension in promoting sustainability
Mr Rudolf Niessler, European Commission, DG REGIO, Director
- ICT helping to increase energy efficiency
Mr Paul Timmers, European Commission, DG INFSO, Director
Sustainable energy action of local authorities
- The Mayor’s Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy
Mr Martin Powell, Director for Environment, City of London
- Sustainable energy action of local authorities
Mr Leszek Drogosz, Director of the City Infrastructure Department, City of Warsaw
Emerging EU policy initiatives in support of local and regional authorities
- Smart Cities Initiative
Mr Christof Schoser, European Commission, DG ENER
- The Covenant of Mayors (speech)
Mr Pedro Ballesteros Torres, European Commission, DG ENER
ManagEnergy - support for local and regional energy action
- ManagEnergy: Support for local and regional energy action
Ms Zoé Wildiers, Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
Working together for local energy actions - the experience from Porto, Portugal
- The City of Porto and Energy 2020
Mr Manuel de Novaes Cabral, Director of the municipal services, City of Porto
- The Energy Challenges for Porto 2020 - A Vision for the Energy of Proximity
Mr Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes, President, Porto Energy Agency
Working together for local energy actions - the experience from Växjö, Sweden
- The City of Växjö, the climate policy and the Covenant of Mayors
Mr Carl-Olof Bengtsson, City councillor, City of Växjö
- Region of southeast Sweden
Mr Hans Gulliksson, Senior advisor and project developer, South East Sweden Energy Agency
- Speech by Commissioner Günther Oettinger on ManagEnergy and the 2011 Local Energy Action Awards (.pdf)
Video of the Conference
- View the live recording of the full conference and awards ceremony here
(German, French, English and Italian available)
Please note that for viewing the video you will be directed to a different European Commission website. On that website due to system restrictions, the video can be viewed exclusively with a Windows OS, using Internet Explorer with Active-X.
Photos of the Conference
The panel for the first session: Pedro Ballesteros Torres - EC DG ENER, Christof Schoser - EC DG ENER, Marie Donnelly - Director of EC DG ENER, William Gillett - EACI, Rudolf Niessler - Director of EC DG REGIO, Paul Timmers - Director of EC DG INFSO, Leszek Drogosz - City of Warsaw and Martin Powell - City of London
William Gillett, Head of Unit Renewable Energy, EACI
Christof Schoser, European Commission, DG ENER
Pedro Ballesteros Torres, European Commission, DG ENER
Presentations from Porto
Presentations from Växjö
|Working together for local energy actions|
The audience listening to presentations from Växjö and Porto
Energirad Innlandet, Norway
Kaunas Regional Energy Agency, Lithuania
Energy Agency of Alba, Romania
Cyprus Energy Agency, Cyprus
|Interventions from the floor|
William Gillet from EACI, presenting the nominees of the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award 2011. The panel for the second session included: Zoé Wildiers - EACI, Carl-Olof Bengtsson - City of Växjö, Hans Gulliksson - South East Sweden Energy Agency, Günther Oettinger - European Commissioner for Energy, Manuel de Novaes Cabral - City of Porto and Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes - Porto Energy Agency.
ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award 2011
Commissioner G. Oettinger announcing the winners of the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award
One of the highlights of the conference was the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award ceremony, an annual event that recognises the best and brightest projects submitted to ManagEnergy.
Photos and presentations of the candidates and winners in both categories can be found on the ceremony page.
Covenant of Mayors event in the afternoon
What local actions are being undertaken in the Covenant of Mayors? How is European funding being used? What difference has the Covenant made? These questions were answered during the Covenant of Mayors afternoon session.
The event presented practical results from the Covenant of Mayors signatory cities and regions, the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for energy efficiency at local and regional level as well as the potential synergy between the Covenant of Mayors and the Smart Cities initiative.
A specific session on financing addressed the current and new opportunities for financing sustainable energy measures at local and regional level, including Structural Funds, the ELENA facility and a new EU energy efficiency investment facility. Practical examples and lessons learned were presented and discussed.
- Follow this link to read more about this event and see the presentations that were given