New appliance-leasing system, Bundles, offers consumers access to high-quality white goods and increased energy awareness, helping them to use less energy, create less CO2, and contribute to a circular economy.
"If energy markets are well connected and common rules are in place there's not much room left to use energy supplies as a political instrument. With proper price signals and sufficient infrastructure, energy is produced where it's cheapest and sent to where it is needed. All this translates into secure energy supplies all over Europe and lower bills for consumers."
If you missed it yesterday, don't worry, you can watch a recording of the entire event here:
Just in time for EU Open Days - here's the brand new ManagEnergy Good Practice brochure featuring the best of local and regional sustainable energy action.
The essential guide: to keep up with the permanent transformation of the energy sector in Europe we need to have a continuous supply of accurate and up-to-date data. Here’s how.
Covenant of Mayors supporters from across Europe are invited to participate in a tailor-made twinning programme on strategies for evaluation of SEAPs, methodologies for implementation, methods for triggering financial opportunities and improved communication strategies.
COOPENERGY has finished selecting sixty best practice examples of how local and regional authorities across Europe are collaborating to deliver sustainable energy
Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik :
"It is good to see such solid and widespread support for the protection of the environment, even in difficult times. People are particularly concerned about air and water pollution, chemicals and waste, and they feel that more must be done by everyone to protect the environment."
Barcelona has been announced as the Grand Prize Winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2014 Mayors Challenge, a competition that encourages cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and that have the potential to spread to other cities. Barcelona will receive €5 million toward its proposal to create a digital and community ‘trust network’ for at-risk elderly residents.
Following a summer of outdoor activities and traffic-free roads, Green-Schools Travel is urging parents to choose active and sustainable modes of transport for the school run. Each year the programme works with schools in rural and urban settings to encourage walking, cycling and scooting to school along with options such as Park ‘n’ Stride, carpooling and using public transport.
FEE Environmental Education Principles are now finally a reality. Members of the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) established the principles through a process of debate and correspondence over many months. Watch a video about it here.
Renewable energy sources are a sub-theme addressed by the relatively recently founded European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s (EIT) ‘KIC InnoEnergy’ (KIC stands for Knowledge and Innovation Community) and its office for Renewable Energies. Through its current call for proposals, launched on July 15th, 2014, it aims to strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship chiefly within the field of sustainable energy.
This autumn sees a busy programme of events and activities for sustainable mobility - here's some favourites:
A new Code of Conduct to make energy performance contracting markets more transparent across Europe was recently published by the Intelligent Energy Europe-supported project Transparense.
The first investment project co-financed under the Mobilising Local Energy Investments strand of the Intelligent Energy- Europe (IEE) programme has come to an end triggering more than €12 million for the construction of an innovative CHP biogas plant.
The Electric Authority of Cyprus (EAC) has launched a new e-charge service for electric vehicles and a network of 15 charging stations, enabling owners of electric vehicles to charge their cars at any charging station and pay for charging on their household electricity bills.
The city of Esposende on Portugal's north coast is spending € 840 000 to extend its bike path and give cyclists a seperate lane on the city's main street.
With the help of EC Network, ManagEnergy has made two new videos on financing for energy saving projects, part of its new Financing Toolbox series. One is on crowdfunding and crowdlending. The other covers energy performance contracting.