ManagEnergy Newsletter - February 2011

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ManagEnergy Annual Conference on 13 April 2011: be part of it!
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ManagEnergy Annual Conference 2010This year, the ManagEnergy Annual Conference is taking place on the morning of 13 April in Brussels, as part of the 2011 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

Registration is now open!

Aimed at energy agencies, public authorities and energy actors with a local and regional focus, the conference will host high-level speakers from the European Commission, cities and energy agencies from across Europe.

The conference will focus on the synergies between regional development and sustainable energy actions. The latest developments in EU policy will be presented as well as in the area of technical support for sustainable energy at the local and regional level. Examples of the close collaboration between energy agencies and local authorities will be showcased, while discussion and experience exchange will be facilitated.

One of the highlights of the conference will be the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award ceremony, an annual event that recognises the best and brightest projects submitted to ManagEnergy. The European Commissioner for Energy, Mr Oettinger, and the President of the Committee of the Regions, Ms Bresso, have been invited to present the awards.

The day’s activities, under the general title ‘Local and regional action for sustainable energy’, will be continued in the afternoon. The event will address the practical results of the Covenant of Mayors, the role of ICT for energy efficiency and the Smart Cities initiative. A special session will discuss financing opportunities for sustainable energy measures at the local and regional level, including structural funds, the ELENA facility and a new EU energy efficiency investment facility. Please note that a separate registration is required for the afternoon event.

  • To attend the ManagEnergy Annual Conference on the morning of 13 April, REGISTER NOW

ManagEnergy ELENA Workshop at the 2011 EU Sustainable Energy Week

ELENA 2010 workshopFollowing the successful ManagEnergy ELENA (European Local ENergy Assistance) workshop that was held during the 2010 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), we are pleased to announce that a second ManagEnergy ELENA capacity building workshop is planned for this year!

About the workshop programme

The workshop programme will include presentations from the European Investment Bank (EIB), as well as good practices from the local and regional level and practical information on how to submit a successful application to ELENA. There will also be ample opportunity for participants to ask questions and obtain feedback from EIB staff.

Who should attend?

The half-day workshop will combine expert presentations with case studies and group discussions. It is especially recommended for management and technical staff from European regions and cities, as well as other key local energy actors, such as local and regional energy agencies. (Please note that in the event of the workshop being oversubscribed, ManagEnergy reserves the right to decline admission).

When?

Thursday 14 April 2011, 14:30-17:30. Just one day after the Annual ManagEnergy Conference!

Where?

At the premises of the Committee of the Regions, Brussels, Belgium

How to register?

Help create ManagEnergy’s Vocational Training Corner Pilot!

Vocational Training CornerManagEnergy is developing a Vocational Training Corner Pilot to complement the existing database of educational resources, and we need your help!

To meet its 20-20-20 targets, the EU needs to train thousands of people in sustainable energy skills during the next decade. However, many students, and even professionals in conventional energy and construction jobs, are not yet fully aware of the new types of training that are becoming available and need to be informed in a reliable and consistent way. ManagEnergy aims to help them achieve this ambitious effort.

The Vocational Training Corner Pilot website will include a searchable collection of links to key training resources and pioneering training schemes in each Member State, such as:

  • Training course providers and apprenticeships for installers of small-scale renewables and manufacturers of low-energy technologies;
  • Information on continued professional development (CPD) for architects, civil engineers and planners of sustainable buildings;
  • Certification and training for energy managers, advisors and assessors;
  • Case studies, reports and projects on the standardisation of qualifications across Europe and the implementation and financing of Sustainable Energy Action Plans.

To start the process, an initial test database of example web links and information has been created.

To extend the pilot Vocational Training Corner before its launch in April, we would welcome:

  • feedback from all sustainable energy stakeholders
  • your suggestions for online resources that could be added to the training database

Please take a moment to look at the test site, then send any comments and links to education@managenergy.net.

The Vocational Training Corner is an ongoing initiative that will be developed further during 2011, so your advice and suggestions at this early stage are most welcome!

‘Sustainable Energy & Covenant of Mayors in our cities’: ManagEnergy capacity building workshop organised in Prague, Czech Republic

workshop participantsThis first ManagEnergy capacity building workshop for 2011 was an opportunity for Czech local authorities with an interest in sustainable energy policies to understand in depth both the requirements and the benefits of the Covenant of Mayors initiative.

The workshop gathered together 41 representatives from local authorities, energy agencies, ministries and private companies from across the Czech Republic, and presented them with the opportunity to join an intensive practical training programme on local energy management based on the Covenant of Mayors three-step procedure.

Several concrete examples of Baseline Emissions Inventories (BEI) and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP) were presented by representatives of the Nitra Energy Agency, Slovakia. "Investments in energy management have the fastest payback", said Ladislav Ondrejicka, the Agency’s Director.

Participants were highly interested in innovative financing schemes implemented in different cities across Europe, such as project pooling in the cities of Dijon and Brest and municipal subsidies for households in the city of Dunkerque.

In the lively discussion that was part of the workshop, local authorities pointed out the importance of adequate administrative structures and proper allocation of human resources (e.g. Covenant coordinator), as a means for supporting the development and financing of the BEI and the SEAP.

Overall, the Czech local authorities highlighted the fact that in a time of financial crisis and municipal budget cuts, it is necessary for local authorities to manage public finances more efficiently, accelerate the exchange of experiences and either mobilise existing funding sources or implement innovative financial schemes.

‘Sustainable Energy Action Plans in Latvia: regional cooperation, best practices and financing options’: ManagEnergy capacity building workshop held in Riga, Latvia

Mr Valdis Bisters, Director, Ministry of Environment, presenting The Latvian Climate Change Financial Instrument (CCFI) and opportunities for municipalities and other local energy actorsThis ManagEnergy workshop primarily focused on the development and financing of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) in Latvia. Special emphasis was given to the implementation of projects in public lighting and municipal and residential building renovations. An overview of EU funding sources was presented in the areas of sustainable energy, regional development and climate change. The potential of other financing mechanisms was pointed out, particularly those which set out to boost sustainable energy investments.

The workshop that took place on 28 January 2011 gathered together some 30 participants from municipalities, local and regional energy agencies and other local energy actors such as universities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Best practices were presented from Latvia as well as Denmark and Poland. The presentations showcased the implementation of specific local and regional projects, the utilisation of national and European funds, the involvement of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and the contribution of energy agencies in sustainable energy actions.

The discussion that followed aimed to make small municipalities aware of the wide range of their potential actions, since many of them were not familiar with the different approaches to energy planning, the clear benefits of SEAP development or the available funding options. In this context, the discussion highlighted the important role local and regional energy agencies have to play to facilitate the involvement of small energy actors in large-scale sustainable energy projects.