Registration is now open for this year’s ManagEnergy Annual Conference, which takes place in Brussels on Wednesday 20 June as part of the 2012 EU Sustainable Energy Week. The conference, titled ‘Sustainable Energy Investments in Cities and Regions,’ will focus on how sustainable energy actions can be effectively initiated, financed and implemented. Register here!
The conference is aimed at a broad spectrum of energy actors, from local and regional authorities, to energy agencies, policy makers, regional representatives and energy consultants—anyone interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy actions!
Now in its twelfth year, the conference will host an impressive range of speakers from EU institutions, as well as from public authorities and energy agencies across Europe. This year’s conference will focus on sustainable energy investments, with sessions and speeches devoted to:
Special attention will be given to the winner and runners up of the 2012 ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award, whose outstanding projects will be highlighted during the conference.
ManagEnergy has nominated three outstanding sustainable energy projects from Denmark, Latvia and the UK for its annual Local Energy Action Award. The award is presented every year to projects that trigger sustainable energy actions at the local and regional level.
For the 2012 round of the award competition, ManagEnergy received a record 64 projects from 23 countries, covering a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy topics. The three finalists were selected by a high-level jury composed of key actors representing public authorities, energy agencies, city networks, and industry and citizens associations from across Europe. The rigorous evaluation procedure considered the projects’ impact, sustainability and replication potential.
The 2012 ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award finalists are:
The winner will be announced on 19 June in Brussels, during a prestigious ceremony along with the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards. This year, the ManagEnergy and Sustainable Energy Europe award schemes are being co-ordinated and run in parallel. Each of the nominated projects will be showcased during the Annual ManagEnergy Conference, taking place the following day, on 20 June.
Learn more about the nominees, winners and ceremony of last year’s ManagEnergy Award.
The countdown has started for the sustainable energy event of the year!
You, too, can be a part of EU Sustainable Energy Week. It's not too late to organise an Energy Day event to promote your energy project or idea--register it online now.
Following a period of reorganisation, the ManagEnergy team is now able to offer an expanded range of services to the sustainable energy community.
ManagEnergy is committed to top quality technical support for local and regional energy actors, and will be launching several new activities and tools in the weeks and months ahead.
The Annual ManagEnergy Award Competition is well on track, the nominated projects have been announced, and the award ceremony is taking place in Brussels on 19 June.
The ManagEnergy Annual Conference will be held in Brussels the following day, on 20 June, and will focus on ‘Sustainable Energy Investments in Cities and Regions.’
Two networking events, also organised by ManagEnergy, are scheduled during the European Sustainable Energy Week.
In the coming months, ManagEnergy will be organising a wide range of capacity building workshops across Europe, tailored to meet the needs of national, regional and local energy actors. Learn more about past ManagEnergy workshops.
As innovative IT solutions are at the core of ManagEnergy’s identity, a number of new online tools are currently being designed to assist sustainable energy actors. These new services will facilitate peer-to-peer communication, information exchange, project partnerships, educational actions, business activities and project financing. They will also enable closer collaboration with the Covenant of Mayors initiative.
The city of Bristol has received a grant from the European Investment Bank (EIB) worth £2.5 million (approx. €3.1 million) for the creation of an energy services company and investment scheme that will specialise in the development of sustainable energy projects within the city.
Technical assistance for the project comes from the European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility. ELENA is financed through the Intelligent Energy-Europe (IEE) programme of the European Commission, and managed by EIB to help foster sustainable energy investments at the local and regional level.
A broad range of projects are planned in Bristol, including the development of small district heating networks and the installation of over 7,000 renewable energy generating systems for homes and public buildings. Solar panels and wood-fueled heating systems will improve the energy efficiency of over 6,000 homes and public buildings.
The programme will invest up to €175 million into the city. This is expected to create up to 1,000 new jobs locally in the construction and environmental technologies sector, and attract substantial outside investment in the city. The programme will also take advantage of the range of financial incentives available in the UK that encourage local renewable energy and energy efficiency installations—feed-in tariffs being a primary example.
Read the EIB press release ‘EIB supports green energy in Bristol’
Learn more about ELENA
The Pact of Islands, an initiative that commits participating European islands to a set of strict sustainability targets, has been adopted by the European Parliament as an official EU initiative. As is true for signatories of the Covenant of Mayors initiative, signing the Pact of Islands means that island authorities are bound to a CO2 emissions reduction of at least 20% by 2020, contributing to the EU2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
European islands that formally undertake this pledge (currently there are more than 60) are expected to deliver on a number of commitments. These include developing Baseline Emission Inventories and Island Sustainable Energy Action Plans (ISEAPs), followed by regular progress monitoring. Island authorities are also expected to identify projects that can later receive sustainable energy investment funds, and increase the level of awareness across island communities of the societal value of sustainable energy plans.
Increasing pressure on ecological resources, transportation services, energy utilities and water supplies present singular challenges to island communities. That is why European islands are model environments for highlighting the potential of locally planned sustainability actions, while contributing to the EU’s overall energy and climate change policy objectives.
Learn more about the Pact of Islands
Read more about the ISLE-PACT project on the ManagEnergy website