19 January 2012

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EIB finances energy efficiency in the home

Luxembourg/Munich – The European Investment Bank (EIB) is supporting a development project to be carried out by BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (BSH) involving energy efficiency in the home. Washing machines, driers and refrigerators offer considerable potential for saving energy. BSH is planning an extensive development project to lower domestic electricity consumption and reduce water consumption. The EIB is involved in financing the project with a EUR 300m loan.

BSH is the market leader in the field of resource-saving domestic appliances. The company carries out research and development (R&D) in five locations in Germany, investigating the potential for improving energy efficiency and saving resources across a wide range of domestic appliances. Small household appliances as well as larger ones such as refrigerators, washing machines and driers are to be further optimised in terms of their energy consumption.
 


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Cyber Security on the agenda of the Thematic Network on Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection (TNCEIP)

The European energy sector is committed to maintain a high level of security in the use of information and communication technologies on which operations, both technical and commercial, rely. In the same way as other critical sectors, energy is confronted by the threats from cyber attacks which are becoming more frequent and serious.

The Thematic Network on Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection (TNCEIP) met on 19th December 2011 in Barcelona, in order to discuss different aspects of cyber security from the organisational and technical viewpoints. European operators of critical energy facilities and infrastructure, together with experts, exchanged their experiences and views on the management of the security of the information and control systems in their companies. Operators agreed on the constant evolution and cross border dimension of the attacks, which may result in extended disruptions. This calls for collaboration regarding the identification of the threats and the protection measures, together with the implementation of quick response mechanisms involving operators, authorities and expert bodies.

TNCEIP meetings are held on a quarterly basis and membership is open to European companies operating energy facilities and infrastructures. The next meeting is scheduled for 8 March 2012 in London, UK. This meeting will focus on contingency planning.

For further information on meetings and application for membership, please contact the European Commission at: ener-B1-cei- security@ec.europa.eu.
 

 

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More information: DG ENER website on critical infrastructure

 

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About Intelligent Energy Europe Programme

 

Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) offers a helping hand to organisations willing to improve energy sustainability. Launched in 2003 by the European Commission, the programme is part of a broad push to create an energy-intelligent future for us all. It supports EU energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, with a view to reaching the EU 2020 targets (20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% improvement in energy efficiency and 20% of renewables in EU energy consumption).

Intelligent Energy – Europe creates better conditions for a more sustainable energy future in areas as varied as renewable energy, energy-efficient buildings, industry, consumer products and transport.

The expectation is that by doing this, Europe will also boost its competitiveness, security of energy supply, and innovation standing for the years to come.

Running until 2013, the programme is open to all EU Member States, plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. A budget of € 730 million is available to fund projects and put into place a range of European portals, facilities and initiatives.

IEE project funding
A large part of the programme budget is made available through annual calls for proposals to support projects putting the concept of 'intelligent energy' in practice. Carried out by public, private or non-governmental European organisations, they support three main objectives - more energy efficiency, more renewables, and better transport and mobility. This covers for instance new training schemes, promotion campaigns, or the transfer of good practices between EU countries.

The Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) programme is giving a boost to clean and sustainable solutions. It supports their use and dissemination and the Europe-wide exchange of related knowledge and know-how. Targeted funding is provided for creative projects putting this idea into practice

The projects help to further the three main objectives:

- Promoting energy efficiency and encouraging the rational use of energy sources;
- Increasing the use of new and renewable energy sources as well as encouraging energy diversification;
- Stimulating energy efficiency and renewables in the field of transport.
The programme has been up and running since 2003. More than 500 European projects involving 3 500 European organisations have received funding and a lot has been achieved already.

More information about managing the IEE projrects and getting funds can be found at Intelligent Energy Europe website.



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