ManagEnergy Newsletter - July 2010

Dear reader,

We are pleased to bring you the latest newsletter featuring current news on the ManagEnergy Initiative. This is a particularly important time for ManagEnergy, as the website is being refurbished and is scheduled to be launched during the first week of September 2010.


European Commission activities:

ManagEnergy activities:

The Second Ceremony of the Covenant of Mayors

ME Annual ConferenceThe Second Ceremony of the Covenant of Mayors took place in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament on Tuesday, 4 May 2010. The Ceremony brought together approximately 1200 signatories, mayors and presidents of Supporting Structures.

ME Annual ConferenceThe Ceremony featured a host of prestigious speakers, including: José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the Prime Minister of Spain, Holder of the Spanish Presidency of the EU; José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament; Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions and Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy.

In addition, the Ceremony included contributions from a selection of mayors from major European cities. Sten Nordin, the Mayor of Stockholm (European Green Capital 2010); António Costa, the Mayor of Lisbon; Emer Costello, the Lord Mayor of Dublin; and Gianni Alemanno, the Mayor of Rome all made speeches during the event.

There were also speeches from Jo Leinen, Chair of the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee, and Danuta Hübner, Chair of the European Parliament’s REGI Committee. To conclude the Ceremony, Günther Oettinger, outlined the path of progress for the Covenant of Mayors in the future.

Sustainable Energy Communities join forces to support EU 20-20-20 Targets

Five Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) projects have joined forces to disseminate news and information on innovative local action that can inspire cities and regions to meet EU targets for 2020 on greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and use of renewable energy.

The five projects - ENNEREG, Energy for Mayors, CITY-SEC, come2CoM and ENESCOM,  which represent more than 100 communities throughout Europe, will produce a joint newsletter in several European languages to be sent to thousands of sustainable energy actors.
The projects share a common objective of demonstrating how Communities can be a key driving force in fulfilling the EU 20-20-20 climate and energy targets of at least 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% increase in energy efficiency and 20% of energy from renewables by 2020.

These goals will be achieved by supporting local and regional stakeholders in the development of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and Projects (SEPs), encouraging and supporting communities in signing the Covenant of Mayors and exchanging experiences in order to ensure replication of good practice throughout the European Union.

The first issue of the Newsletter, covering the initial activities of the five projects will be published in Autumn 2010.

The Covenant in Numbers

The Covenant of Mayors now represents more than 126 million citizens across 41 countries. Since its launch in 2008, the initiative has grown to include more than 1 800 towns and cities. Together these signatories are working towards a cleaner and greener future for their citizens.

In terms of number of citizens, the ten largest cities who have signed the Covenant are: London, Milan, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Naples, Rome, Paris, Budapest, Hamburg and Warsaw.

For the complete story, go to:

National Renewable Energy Action Plans

Article 4 of the renewable energy Directive (2009/28/EC) requires Member States to submit national renewable energy action plans by 30 June 2010. These plans, to be prepared in accordance with the template published by the Commission, provide detailed roadmaps of how each Member State expects to reach its legally binding 2020 target for the share of renewable energy in their final energy consumption.

Member States must set out the sectoral targets, the technology mix they expect to use, the trajectory they will follow and the measures and reforms they will undertake to overcome the barriers to developing renewable energy. The plans are published below upon receipt in the original language, allowing public scrutiny. The Commission will evaluate them, assessing their completeness and credibility. The plans are published on the link below.

Publication of the Labelling Directive and the EPBD Recast Directive

On 19 May 2010, the European Commission and the EC Council adopted a new Directive 2010/30/EU, which recasts the framework of the former Energy-labelling Directive 92/75/EEC. The new Directive modifies the previous one by extending its scope beyond household appliances to include all energy-related products. It also introduces three new energy efficiency classes, in addition to the existing ones, with the goal of having the most energy-efficient products. The new Directive entered into force 19 June 2010, with certain exceptions.

A recast version of Directive 2010/31/EU on the Energy Performance of Buildings was also published in the Official Journal on 18 June 2010.
The recast of the Directive was aimed at strengthening the energy performance requirements imposed on products within the Directive’s scope, and on streamlining some of the Directive provisions.

European Commission website offers advice on energy efficient light bulbs

On 1 September 2009, incandescent light bulbs and other energy-inefficient lamps started to be gradually replaced by more energy efficient bulbs in Europe. By switching to more energy efficient lighting products, European households can save energy and contribute to reaching the EU’s climate protection targets.

The services of the European Commission have created a website in 22 languages to inform consumers, professionals and the media about the wide range of energy efficient bulbs currently available, the phase-out of inefficient bulb types and what European legislation is already in place.

The website includes an interactive tool that helps you select the appropriate bulb for your needs and a description of important product parameters that will have to be included on the packaging of bulbs from 1 September 2010 to allow consumers to make informed choices.

Build UP Interactive portal: New call for tender to be launched shortly

As a follow up to the current contract, a call for tender for the operation, maintenance, improvement and promotion of the BUILD UP interactive web portal will be launched shortly by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. Please check the IEE website for more information.

With markets, technology and policy all developing in parallel, there is a need for flexibility, cooperation, networking and involvement of market actors from the building sector.

The BUILD UP initiative aims to transfer best practices to the market and foster their application. Via its interactive web portal, it offers building professionals, public authorities, umbrella organisations, home owners and tenants' access to a wide range of information on best practices, technologies and legislation for energy reduction in buildings supplied by the users themselves.

The purpose of this tender will be to operate, maintain, improve and promote the BUILD UP web portal amongst its target groups.

ManagEnergy Capacity Building Workshop on the ELENA facility

A special half-day interactive workshop on the European Local ENergy Assistance (ELENA) was conducted on the afternoon of 24 March 2010 in Brussels at the Committee of the Regions, following the ManagEnergy Annual Conference, as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

This interactive workshop, which was attended by 80 participants, provided a unique opportunity for officials from local and regional authorities and their advisers (especially local energy agencies) to meet with representatives from the EIB, to discuss project ideas and to ask detailed questions.

The workshop has had a significant impact in encouraging prospective ELENA applicants to submit an application to the Facility:

  • 70% participants thought that the workshop had encouraged them to submit an application to the ELENA Facility in the future
  • Of those participants who had been encouraged to submit a proposal, 81% planned to submit within the next 12 months, 19% were aiming beyond that timeframe.
    (results from a survey among 30 participants)

The Speaker presentations are on the website in full

Six ManagEnergy Workshops are Scheduled for the Coming Months

Six ManagEnergy workshops are scheduled to be given during the coming fall and winter months, covering a variety of subjects and locations. The target groups for these workshops being local and regional energy agencies, municipal authorities and Covenant of Mayor supporting structures.

Following the year's first workshop in Brussels on 24 March (see earlier story on the ELENA facility) the next workshop is scheduled to take place on 4-5 October 2010 in Jaén, Spain. The workshop will deal with the topic of "Financing Sustainable Energy Projects in Public Lighting, Photovoltaics  and Renewable Energy for Domestic Consumption."

The next workshop is planned for 23 September 2010 in Brasov, Romania, with as topic "Sustainable Energy and the Covenant of Mayors Initiative in our Cities."

The fourth workshop in September will be held on 24 September 2010 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It will cover "Financing Sustainable Energy Action Plans: Energy and CO2 Emission Savings in Public Buildings."

On 12 October 2010 a workshop will be held in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia on "Sustainable Energy and the Covenant of Mayors Initiative in our Cities."

The following workshop will be held on 28-29 October in Bologna, Italy about "Pilot Models of Sustainable Energy Action Plan Action Implementation Schemes."

The first workshop of 2011 will be held on 20 January in Prague and will cover "Sustainable Energy and the Covenant of Mayors Initiative in our Cities."

Applications to attend any of the workshops may be submitted to Due to the limited number of places available in each workshop, priority will be given to applications corresponding to the target audience of the particular workshop.

ManagEnergy Annual Event to be held during the next EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)

The dates for next year's EUSEW have now been set at 11-15 April 2011.

The main theme of next year's EUSEW will be energy efficiency - your initiatives and contributions are needed to put it on the right track. As well as this particular emphasis on energy efficiency, the EUSEW will continue to be dedicated to renewable energy, as in previous years.

If you work in a Local or Regional Authority or in an energy agency, please note that the EUSEW 2011 will again include the ManagEnergy annual conference and awards ceremony. Make a note in your diary and make sure you do not miss this important event.

During that week, hundreds of events, organised throughout Europe, will show, promote, discuss and celebrate energy efficiency and renewable energy - and you can be a part of it.

Wherever you are in Europe, you can join the EUSEW 2011 by organising an Energy Day in your city, town or region between 11 and 15 April 2011 (weekends before and after accepted).

Energy days can be any event to promote energy efficiency or renewable energy – from exhibitions, conferences, online events, and performances to guided tours, open door days, workshops, media campaigns, concerts and much more.
Events on energy efficiency will be particularly welcome in view of 2011's main focus on this theme.

Interested? Get more information from the Energy Days 2011 flyer and register your interest on for updated information.

If you would like a colleague of yours to be informed about the ManagEnergy activities, send him/her this link ( in order to sign up for the ManagEnergy Information Service.

The ManagEnergy Website will be upgraded

During the current months of July and August, the familiar ManagEnergy website will be undergoing a major revision, one that will feature a new layout and homepage and easier navigation. As part of this transformation, an in-depth review of the web content is also under way in order to bring it up to date.

During the upgrade, however, the Events Diary and the Latest News sections will continue to be regularly updated throughout the summer. Local and regional energy management organisations wishing to register via the ManagEnergy website can continue to do so by sending their registration form to These registrations will then appear on the refurbished website as of early September 2010.

We thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

ManagEnergy Directory of Energy Agencies and Other Material

The latest edition of the Directory of European Energy Agencies was published in March 2010 and was distributed at events such as the ManagEnergy Annual Conference 2010 in March and the Covenant of Mayors Ceremony in May.

In addition, maps featuring European Energy Agencies are being produced and will be available in August 2010

A ManagEnergy awareness-development poster will also be developed for display in energy agencies.The above-mentioned material will be available at future ManagEnergy events.