25 March 2010

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EU Sustainable Energy Week: Decarbonising our energy

The European Sustainable Energy Week taking place this week, is focusing on decarbonising Europe's energy future. More than 3 500 participants are taking part in events across Europe.

Mr Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for Energy, said : "Now is the right moment to set out a long term vision for Europe's energy policy, and that vision has to revolve around decarbonisation and green growth. Energy efficiency and renewable energy can be a powerful factor of economic transformation and contribute to a positive, smarter vision for the society of the future."

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Commission awards Sustainable Energy Prizes

The winners of the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards 2010 were announced Tuesday evening at the Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels. The five winners were chosen from among 272 projects.

Günther Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for Energy said: "I am pleased to witness such growing interest in this award, with so many high quality entries year after year. My praise goes to the five winners as well as to all the organisations and the individuals around Europe that are working to ensure a more sustainable energy future for us all."

Now in its fourth edition, the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards competition has seen a steady rise in the number of entries (272 in 2010) – a further evidence of the growing interest in sustainable energy across Europe. In 2009, 251 projects entered the competition, up from 242 entries in 2008.


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European Commission, EIB support EUR 1 bn investment by cities, regions in energy efficiency, renewables

The European Commission and European Investment Bank (EIB) expect the European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility launched in December to support more than EUR 1 billion of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in 2010. A first agreement with the province of Barcelona will be signed in April, it was announced at the launch of the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels. The EIB is currently in detailed discussions with 16 other cities or regions about their investment plans to increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy.


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More: European Local ENergy Assistance



Towards clean and efficient energy use in all European buildings – the CONCERTO initiative continues to grow

Brussels, Belgium: 13 new communities have joined the CONCERTO Initiative, bringing the total number of local authorities involved to 58. Out of the five new countries represented, three are accession States or candidate countries, showing that the initiative is playing a major part in achieving climate and energy targets both in Central and Eastern Europe, and in the EU Neighbourhood. This has been possible as a result of an integrated approach including relevant stakeholders and local authorities, supported by the European Commission within a framework research programme.

The CONCERTO initiative was launched in 2003 by the European Commission as part of the research framework programme to enhance the role of cities and local authorities as driving forces towards sustainable community development. In CONCERTO, research activity is a demonstration laboratory where models for future urban developments are implemented through an integrated approach by showing that in society, the use of RES technologies and EE in buildings are compatible with improvement in the quality of life.

The four new projects are composed as follows:

SOLUTION: Cernier (Switzerland), Hartberg (Austria), Hvar (Croatia) and Lapua (Finland);

PIME'S: Salburua (Spain), Dale (Norway), and Szentendre (Hungary);

ECO-Life: Birstonas (Lithuania), Kortrijk (Belgium) and Høje-Taastrup (Denmark);

GEOCOM: Mórahalom (Hungary), Galanta (Slovakia) and Montieri (IT).


So far around 190,000m² of buildings have been renovated, while an enormous 270, 000m² of new buildings have been constructed. The projects are well on their way to achieving the targets they have set, which will eventually mean more than 1,730,000 m² of renovation or new construction in European cities.

More: CONCERTO Website


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