European Commission and other activities
The new and improved ManagEnergy website is now online. Visitors can expect to find a fresh, user-friendly website packed with the latest information related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The updated website is easier to navigate and boasts a number of new features, including:
The ManagEnergy website is a reliable source of up-to-date information for all public sector actors interested in sustainable energy. In addition to keeping users informed about the latest news, events and policy developments, the website also facilitates active collaboration among European energy stakeholders.
Visitors familiar with the old website will find a selection of new informative sections, as well as all the usual ManagEnergy features. See for yourself by visiting the new ManagEnergy website.
(2010 ManagEnergy Awards Ceremony)
ManagEnergy promotes successful sustainable energy projects and initiatives, and encourages their replication across the EU by publishing case studies on its website and in its distinctive literature. The 2011 call for case studies is now open. Those interested in submitting case studies should note the final date for submission is 14 January 2011.
After being evaluated by a jury of well known, high profile experts, the best case studies will be promoted on the ManagEnergy website as examples of good practice and will be included in the biennial ManagEnergy publication "Local Energy Action - EU Good Practice". Of these, the very best will be nominated for the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award, and the winners will be presented with their awards in front of a large audience at the ManagEnergy Annual Conference, which is to be held as in previous years during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (11-15 April 2011) in Brussels.
A ManagEnergy capacity building workshop was organised by Energy Cities and the OER Association (the Romanian Energy Cities Network) on 23 September 2010 in Brasov, Romania. Entitled “Sustainable energy and the Covenant of Mayors in our cities”, the workshop attracted more than 30 participants, including representatives of the Technical Departments of local authorities in Romania, local and regional energy agencies and other local organisations with the potential to support local authorities in meeting the Covenant of Mayors objectives.
The workshop participants came from 11 of the 18 Romanian Covenant signatories. In addition, seven other municipalities and OER members interested in the Covenant of Mayors participated in the workshop. Also present were five energy agencies and two national observers.
Participants responded positively to the content of the workshop – which was more technical – as it provided them with in-depth practical examples. Indications suggest the ManagEnergy workshop has triggered interest among the local authorities involved to engage in networking and cooperation with existing and potential Supporting Structures. Such interaction would allow local authorities to exchange experiences concerning the implementation of the Covenant of Mayors.
The ManagEnergy Workshop, "Financing Sustainable Energy Action Plans: Energy and CO2 Emission Savings in Public Buildings", took place on 24 September 2010 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Thirty-one participants attended the workshop, including representatives from Bulgarian municipalities and energy agencies, as well as a representative of the Bulgarian Ministry for Regional Development and Public Works and two international sustainable energy experts.
Participants discussed practical ways of maximising financing for sustainable energy actions in the public building sector. Particular emphasis was placed on the development of feasible Sustainable Energy Action Plans, the utilisation of Structural & Cohesion Funds and innovative financing methodologies, and the exchange of best practice from other New Member States.
Participants stressed the need to combine a change in the type of fuel used with energy efficiency renovations, particularly given the heavy reliance on oil for heating in Bulgaria – a costly choice for many municipalities. Municipal representatives also took the opportunity to put forward their outlook for third-party investment in the coming financial year with regard to the Bulgarian Energy Efficiency Fund.
A new exciting initiative was launched by the Commissioner for Energy, Mr Günther Oettinger, last month. The initiative "U4energy" is a European wide school competition promoting energy efficiency.
Schools from the 27 EU Member States, Norway, Croatia, Iceland and Liechtenstein are encouraged to submit their contributions earning the chance to win a prize and gain recognition at European level.
Schools are invited to enter the competition in the categories of:
a) best energy efficiency measures at school;
b) best pedagogical actions to raise awareness of efficient energy use; and
c) best awareness raising campaign on energy efficiency.
Underlining the importance of energy education as a driver for sustainable development, Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Günther Oettinger, said: "I am confident that through their commitment, innovative spirit and creativity, students and teachers will make U4energy an excellent platform for sharing expertise in energy education and intelligent energy use across Europe”.
This competition is an excellent opportunity for local energy actors to help schools in their area win a prize at national or even European level. For example, energy agencies have extensive technical know-how and experiences in energy monitoring, awareness raising campaigns and also lesson plans on saving energy for schools.
Local municipalities aiming for ambitious energy saving targets under the Covenant of Mayors can also promote U4energy to their local schools. U4energy is a good starting point for schools to begin saving energy while at the same time helping their municipality reach its sustainable energy targets.
The U4energy competition encourages local energy actors and municipalities to help their local schools to participate in this highly visible European initiative and gain recognition at European level.
Find out more about this initiative on the U4energy website. And don’t forget to tell your local school to get on board!
As of September 2010, Energy Agencies, professional associations and other energy stakeholders, advocating energy efficient buildings, can make their own websites even more attractive and comprehensive. The so-called BUILD UP ‘embedded page’ allows users to instantly and easily show relevant BUILD UP content such as best practices, publications or events directly on their own websites.
The BUILD UP ‘embedded page’ is a free of charge, user-friendly tool that facilitates access to tailored information, further promotes the transfer of best practices and provides high-level quality material from the official BUILD UP web portal.
Some European organisations have already integrated this innovative facility brought to you by the European Commission. Have a look at: http://www.rehva.eu/?page=buildup-community
Request your BUILD UP 'embedded page’ now at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUILD UP is a European Commission initiative aimed at sharing and promoting existing knowledge, guidelines, tools and best practices for energy-saving measures in buildings across Europe. At the same time, it informs and updates the market on the legislative framework in terms of goals, practical implications and future revisions.
Find resources, post your materials, and share knowledge on www.buildup.eu, the European portal for energy efficiency in buildings.
The European Commission has published a series of calls for proposals under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for 2011. Among the numerous calls, one with a total indicative budget of €137 million is dedicated to research, technological development and demonstration projects on energy, focusing on areas such as:
The call was launched on 20 July and the deadline for the submission of proposals has been set for 7 April 2011.
Another FP7 call for proposals is focusing on 'Energy-efficient Buildings'. This call has an indicative budget of €85.5 million and is focusing, among others, on the demonstration of very low energy new buildings.The deadline for the submission of proposals has been set for 2 December 2010.
The Belgian Presidency of the European Union has called for an increase in public spending to support growth in the energy efficiency sector. Speaking at the Informal Energy Council in Brussels – held on 6 and 7 September 2010 – the Belgian Minister for Climate and Energy, Paul Magnette said: "Given the incapacity of the market to attract enough financial investments, more public investments will be needed in the field of energy efficiency".
The Presidency, the Commissioner and the Member States are aware that significant efforts still need to be made to reach the 20% target by 2020. In particular, Mr Magnette described energy efficiency as "one of the main tools for making the energy transition economically viable and socially acceptable while creating quality jobs". For this reason, the Commission is expected to present a proposal on this issue in its next "European Energy Efficiency Action plan".
Freya Van den Bossche, the Flemish Minister for Energy, underlined the importance of a profound European policy on energy efficiency. "Not only is it an essential instrument to combat energy poverty", she said, "It is also an economic necessity...".
For more information on the Energy Council meeting please visit the Belgian EU Presidency website.