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On 22 June 2011, a new set of measures for increasing energy efficiency was proposed by the European Commission to enable the EU to achieve its ambitious objective of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020.
The main Europe-wide changes that are proposed by the Directive are as follows:
Under the terms of the Directive, consumers will benefit from having better information available to control their energy bills. Public bodies could reduce their spending by using more efficient buildings, products and services. The EU economy would benefit from a more secure energy supply and the creation of new jobs. And of course, the environment would benefit from reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
The ManagEnergy workshop, that took place on 21 June, was attended by 28 participants, primarily from municipalities across the country and regional energy agencies.
The workshop opened with a session on SEAP development and experiences from Slovenia and other European countries and was followed by a particularly interesting session on financing energy actions. In the afternoon, the participants divided into break-out groups and discussed energy contracting possibilities in Slovenia.
The issue of human capacity building in municipal energy management was thoroughly discussed, as small municipalities often lack energy experts or sufficient supportive structures. A final session on energy monitoring and book-keeping sparked many questions, given the lack of guidelines in this area.
Extensive question & answer sessions after each presentation allowed participants to share different experiences and made the workshop more interactive.
On the day of the workshop, it was announced that the Velenje City Council approved the city’s SEAP. This is a particularly positive development, as Velenje is the first Slovenian municipality to submit an action plan.
The most significant impact, however, is the platform the workshop built for local energy actors to increase knowledge and collaboration. This platform established by ManagEnergy can function as a forum for ideas exchange and enhanced networking.
The workshop, that took place on 7 and 8 July, followed the organisation and layout of previous ManagEnergy workshops in Italy: seminar presentations were complemented with working group sessions, role playing panels and open debates. This year, the target audience was primarily officials and technicians from local and regional administrations.
In the first part of the workshop, several sessions focused on topics associated with the implementation of the Covenant of Mayors initiative in Italy. Special focus was given to SEAP implementation actions and good practice case studies were presented. Financing possibilities and investment instruments within the Italian framework were examined, not only for sustainable energy but also for green mobility.
The attendees played an active role in the second part of the workshop, during which they were strongly motivated and very much involved. Working groups were set up to improve knowledge on how to plan sustainable energy actions at the municipal level. A role playing session aimed at improving communication skills by simulating the presentation of actions to the political level. This task was widely recognised as a challenging part of most participants’ daily work.
The conclusions and lessons learnt from the group exercises were summarised and presented to the closing plenary session. This final product of the workshop was considered by the participants as a valuable tool that enhanced their capacity and can be used in their cities and regions.
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