ManagEnergy Newsletter - November 2010

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New look and new resources for the ManagEnergy Education Corner

ManagEnergy Kids CornerManagEnergy is pleased to announce that the Education Corner has been relaunched with a new interface, updated links and new designs for children aged 7-11 and 12-16.

Much of the original content has been retained in the new designs, including the photo galleries, animations, downloads, interactive books, postcards, animated statistics, games and links. In addition, many new resources have now been added. These new materials are easier to access and children can choose to view them in three different design styles. The new designs for children are currently available in 5 languages - English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Further translations will be added over the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the archived Kids Corner pages will remain available.

For the 12-16s, updated animations are available as well as new interactive books and a new section on "Your carbon footprint and how to reduce it". This covers sustainable products, recycling, food production and other topics that impact energy use. There are also links to sustainable energy careers, which will be expanded over the next few months. For younger children the new theme of "Energy magic" includes new characters, new animations, photos and pictures to download.

The best way to reach the Education Corner is via the links on the home page of the ManagEnergy website. However, independent links are also available to the three Education Corner components. Take the opportunity and link the Education Corner directly to your own website:

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2011: get involved!

EUSEW logoBetween 11 and 15 April 2011 hundreds of events organised across Europe will promote, discuss and celebrate energy efficiency and renewable energy – and you can be a part of it!

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) showcases the latest innovations in energy efficiency and renewable energy technology, policy and practice through a varied programme of events and happenings across Europe. EUSEW’s aim is to demonstrate to businesses, decision-makers and the wider public that sustainable energy technologies are viable, cost-effective and good for the environment.

EUSEW 2011 will feature a series of high-level events in Brussels as well as numerous Energy Days throughout Europe, organised by schools, associations, companies, public authorities and many more. One of the highlights of the week will be the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards ceremony, a glittering event that recognises the best and brightest projects of the past year.

Wherever you are in Europe, join the EUSEW 2011 and organise an Energy Day in your city, town or region between 11 and 15 April 2011. An Energy Day 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, artistic events, etc.

Intelligent Energy – Europe Info Day: mark your calendar for 18 January 2011!

IEE Infoday 2010The annual Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) Information Day will take place on 18 January 2011 in Brussels, Belgium and will be broadcast live on the Internet. The next chance to have your project supported by the EU's IEE programme is approaching, as the upcoming call for proposals will be published in early 2011.

Applying for IEE funding is a competitive process, and only the best project proposals will obtain funding. Attending the European IEE Info Day 2011 will help you develop a good proposal and will increase your chances of applying successfully. You will also have the opportunity to network and find project partners from across Europe.

‘Intelligent Energy Europe boosting regional competitiveness through sustainable energy’, EACI workshop held in Brussels, Belgium

IEE logoThe workshop was opened by Mr William Gillett from the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), who provided an outline of the Intelligent Energy - Europe Programme and explicitly referred to the ManagEnergy services for supporting local authorities. The new possibilities for financial engineering interventions in sustainable energy with the use of Structural Funds were presented.

The use of the new financing opportunities in energy efficiency for private households in Greece was demonstrated, while a presentation was given on the REPRO project that focuses on Regional Profit Clusters. Finally, the activity of the Energy Agency of Kaunas was presented, with a special emphasis on energy audits for public buildings with the use of Structural Funds.

The workshop, organized by EACI on 5 October as part of the 2010 Open Days of the European Week for Regions and Cities, closed with a stimulating discussion. The main points raised and conclusions extracted were addressed by Mr Gillett:

  • Political commitment is important in order to spend the Structural Funds budget. The Amendments to the Regulations give more opportunities to Member States and it is strongly recommended to the authorities to use them.
  • Raising the citizens’ awareness is crucial in order to motivate them to spend budget allocations in a period of crisis.
  • The role of the IEE Programme on campaigns, dissemination and promotion of projects is more important than ever. It can provide effective guidance to Managing Authorities for locating the appropriate programmes to finance sustainable energy.

Energy 2020 – a strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy

Europe 2020The new EU strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy was presented on 10 November 2010 by the European Commission. "Energy 2020" defines  Europe’s energy priorities for the next ten years and sets out the actions to be taken in order to tackle the challenges of saving energy, achieving a market with competitive prices and secure supplies, boosting technological leadership, and effectively negotiating with our international partners.

"The energy challenge is one of the greatest tests for us all", said Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger. "Putting our energy system onto a new, more sustainable and secure path may take time but ambitious decisions need to be taken now. To have an efficient, competitive and low-carbon economy we have to Europeanise our energy policy and focus on a few but pressing priorities."

The Commission identifies five top priorities and addresses the need for a trillion EUR energy infrastructure investment. The priorities are as follows:

  1. Energy savings
  2. Pan-European integrated energy market with infrastructures
  3. 27 States, one voice on energy in the world
  4. Europe's leadership in energy technology and innovation
  5. Safe, secure and affordable energy through active consumers

EU energy goals have been incorporated into "Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth". In particular, the EU aims at achieving ambitious energy and climate change objectives for 2020: reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, increase the share of renewable energy to 20% and make a 20% improvement in energy efficiency.

The European Commission introduces new energy labels for home appliances

energy label for home appliances: TVFor the first time, the European Commission has proposed energy labels for TVs. The existing label scheme for other home appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines, will also be updated.

Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said: "Energy labels move the market towards highly energy efficient products which is a major contribution to reaching Europe's energy efficiency, competitiveness and climate change goals. At the same time, they save money for consumers."

For televisions, which represent almost 10% of the average household's electricity bill, it will be the first time ever that manufacturers will have to declare the energy efficiency of their products, using an A to G scale. The label must be clearly shown on the TV set and in advertisements.

Energy labelling of refrigerator-freezers, dishwashers and washing machines has already been hugely successful since its introduction in 1992. Today, a total of 90% of appliances sold in the EU are in the class "A" category – the best existing class. However, new technologies could potentially halve the energy consumption of an A-class product. The EU has, therefore, decided to extend the scale upwards with three new classes: "A+", "A++", and "A+++".

The new labels will help consumers choose products which save energy and thus money. They also provide incentives for industry to develop and invest in energy efficient product design.

‘Financing Sustainable Energy Projects in Public Lighting, PV and Renewable Energy for Domestic Consumption’, ManagEnergy workshop held in Jaén, Spain

Participants discuss the options for municipal energy actions with the workshop host, José Antonio La Cal of AGENER (Jaén Energy Agency)Thirty-one participants took part in this dynamic and interactive ManagEnergy workshop, organised on 4 October 2010 by AGENER (the energy agency of Jaén). The objective of the workshop was to build the participants’ capacity in public lighting, photovoltaic (PV) projects and renewable energy for domestic consumption. To strengthen the understanding of these topics, group discussions and a visit to a local photovoltaic installation took place.

Among the issues of high interest for the participants was the financing available to small municipalities in Spain. The example of the Barcelona Regional Government was discussed, to illustrate success in pooling projects from small municipalities in order to increase the accessibility of financing sources. Participants engaged in a thorough discussion of the challenges that this approach presents, particularly in the context of regions with a population lower than that of Barcelona.

The presentation of one of AGENER’s best practice examples of photovoltaic generation as well as a visit to an installation at GEOLIT Technology Park provided participants with a range of good practices to follow up on.

The workshop concluded with an open session where participants expanded upon issues and raised questions that had arisen over the one and a half day workshop. The issues discussed included: the importance of preparing a financing plan well in advance of approaching banks for energy investments; the benefits of pooling projects from multiple small municipalities within a region in order to secure financing from large financing sources; and the need for maximising the participation of small and medium sized enterprises in bids for public sector energy service provision contracts.

‘Sustainable energy & Covenant of Mayors in our cities’, ManagEnergy workshop held in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Representatives of Slovak municipalities discussing the Covenant of Mayors initiativeThis ManagEnergy Capacity Building Workshop on the Covenant of Mayors brought together the representatives of eleven Slovak cities. Mayors, energy managers, administrators responsible for strategic city development and representatives of local private companies were informed about the step-by-step process followed by more than 2000 local authorities across Europe.

The workshop, which took place on 12 October 2010, had four main thematic areas: human capacities, development of CO2 Baseline Emissions Inventories (BEI) and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP), involvement of local actors and funding of actions featured in SEAPs.

The discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities the local authorities are facing. Special emphasis was given to the funding possibilities at the national and European level, especially given the lack of the appropriate administrative structures and human resources.

The workshop also addressed the need for experienced and motivated local energy agencies that would:

  • develop a long-term vision and sound Sustainable Energy Action Plans for the cities,
  • use existing innovative financial schemes and sources,
  • exchange experiences with other cities

The high participation of elected representatives and experts indicated that energy efficiency and renewable energy sources are gaining a central role in the agenda of local authorities in Slovakia.