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.
Sustainable energy action of local authorities
Emerging EU policy initiatives in support of local and regional authorities
ManagEnergy - support for local and regional energy action
Working together for local energy actions - the experience from Porto, Portugal
Working together for local energy actions - the experience from Växjö, Sweden
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.
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.
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.