The GreenLight programme encourages energy-efficient lighting technologies
Initiatives for reduced energy consumption receive EU awards
The winners of the 2010 GreenLight and GreenBuilding awards save up to 85% of their energy consumption. During the "Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings" conference in Frankfurt (13 – 14 April), 24 participants from all over Europe received recognition for their results or their innovative projects. These initiatives count over 700 participants in total, who save approximately 545 GWh each year. This is equivalent to the energy used by two mid-size European cities over the same period.
Managed by the JRC's Institute for Energy (IE), the GreenLight and GreenBuilding programmes are voluntary schemes that invite private and public organisations to reduce their energy consumption in their premises. GreenLight encourages partners to install energy-efficient lighting, while the GreenBuilding initiative promotes improved energy efficiency in buildings through several measures such as thermal insulation, efficient heating and cooling, intelligent control systems, solar panels etc.
One of the twelve award winners in the 2010 edition of the GreenLight programme is Dagda town council in Latvia, which reduced its energy consumption in lighting by 85% after joining the initiative in 2007. In the GreenBuilding category, two of the best refurbishment projects, an office building in Austria and a secondary school in Germany, have achieved over 80% of energy savings.