ManagEnergy Newsletter - July 2011

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A wide range of resources on the ManagEnergy website: high quality and easily accessible!

Conference presentations, publications, case studies, videos and photos are now even easier to access on the ManagEnergy website.

ManagEnergy is committed to providing high quality and easily accessible information in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency for local and regional actors. The ManagEnergy website plays a key role in that effort as a tool for promotion and dissemination.

Currently, a whole range of resources are available through the website for you to discover:

  • Conference section (NEW!): The ManagEnergy conference is an established annual gathering of local and regional actors in the area of sustainable energy from across Europe. You can now find online useful material from our most recent conferences: presentations, programmes, photos and videos! And of course information and case studies from the conference's highlight: the annual ManagEnergy award ceremony.
  • Video library (UPDATED!): Would you like to watch the 2011, 2010 or 2009 ManagEnergy conference? Are you a parent or teacher looking for educational videos and animations? Would you like to discover IEE success stories? Are you interested in high quality videos on European energy policy? The ManagEnergy video library offers access to a wide range of videos and media libraries!
  • Case studies section (UPDATED!): Promoting outstanding work in the field of sustainable energy is among the top goals of ManagEnergy. Hundreds of case studies can be found in our database using the search facility. A collection of the most recent and innovative projects is listed in a dedicated section by year.

And don't forget some of our other popular web sections:

  • Capacity development resource corner: ManagEnergy workshops address local and regional challenges and aim to support capacity building for developing sustainable energy actions. Workshops are held across Europe, but they are also available on your computer! Discover a wide range of capacity development resources from past workshops with programmes, presentations, conclusions and photos.
  • Publications section: ManagEnergy regularly publishes and distributes high quality material, which can also be found on our website! Download our map and our directory of European energy agencies, good practice brochures, as well as the ManagEnergy and Education Corner promotional leaflets.

New Energy Efficiency Directive: Strong impetus to energy savings and energy efficiency

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:

  • Public bodies will be required to buy energy-efficient buildings, products and services, and refurbish 3% of their buildings each year.
  • Energy utilities will encourage end users to cut their energy consumption through efficiency improvements, such as the replacement of old boilers.
  • Industry will be expected to become more aware of energy-saving possibilities, with large companies required to undertake energy audits every 3 years.
  • Consumers will be given greater support to manage their energy consumption thanks to better information provided on their meters and bills.
  • Energy transformation will be monitored, with the EU proposing measures to improve performance, and promoting cogeneration of heat and electricity.
  • National energy regulatory authorities will have to take energy efficiency into account when deciding how and at what costs energy is distributed to end users.
  • Certification schemes will be introduced for providers of energy services to ensure a high level of technical competence.

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.

‘SEAP Development & Financing: Energy Management, Structural Funds and ESCO Utilisation in the Municipal Building Sector’, ManagEnergy workshop held in Maribor, Slovenia

Maribor workshopThe 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.

‘Pilot Models of Sustainable Energy Action Implementation Schemes’ ManagEnergy workshop held in Rome, Italy

Rome workshopThe 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.

Did you know?

You can promote your event through the ManagEnergy website!

Are you organising a conference, workshop or networking event on sustainable energy? You can send the details to ManagEnergy and upon validation your event can be promoted on the home page of our website and in our events calendar!

Create your own profile on the ManagEnergy website!

Are you looking for potential project partners or new contacts? Would you like to have access to hundreds of interesting project ideas? Would you like to increase the visibility of your organisation on a Europe-wide platform?