More than 600 projects across Europe have been co-funded by the IEE programme since 2003. These projects cover fields as diverse as education and electrical appliances, yet all contribute to building a greener and more secure energy future for the EU.
ENGAGE for sustainable energy!
12 Pioneer cities committed to reduce their energy consumption
ENGAGE is a participative communication action implemented by European cities.
The project has launched a campaign inviting citizens and stakeholders to play their part in building a sustainable energy future.
12 pioneer cities, directly involved in the project, have committed to reduce their energy consumption. This was replicated in an additional 49 cities.
The project monitored these engagements by politicians, public servants, the general public and other stakeholders in order to estimate the savings effects of the campaign in a city.
Emissions of more than 40 000 tonnes of CO2 have been avoided during the action; although the IEE project itself recently ended, the campaign is on-going.
Help reduce energy consumption, join the campaign and get engaged!
AgriforEnergy II - Mobilising investments in the agricultural and forestry sector
Promoting the sustainable production of biomass from forestry and agriculture without harming the food production to trigger investment projects across Europe.
The AgriforEnergy II project has promoted the sustainable production of biomass from forestry and agriculture for energy production in 7 European regions in Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Bulgaria, Sweden and Finland.
The project has published concrete case studies in each sector, available in 7 languages. 11,000 people have been engaged in collective workshops, study tours, and one-to-one meetings.
During the action, technical assistance has been provided to 77 investment projects in bioheat, pure vegetable oil, biogas and biomethane, representing altogether over €71m and 60,000 tCO2 saved per year.
OFFSHORE GRID - plugging wind into the grid
Renewable energy sources provide green energy - but connecting them to the existing grid can be a challenge.
The OFFSHORE GRID project team looked at the technical and economic challenges of connecting offshore North Sea wind farms to the electricity grid and came up with a series of recommendations that contributed to the European Commission's own strategy on energy infrastructure .
Pioneering Intelligent Energy Initiatives Honoured
Nearly 200 pupils and teachers from across Europe were commended at U4energy’s European Award Ceremony in Brussels on 26 November for their pioneering efforts as champions in energy education.
Over 600 schools, 30 European countries and 1000 energy saving success stories from pupils and teachers alike! That's what the U4Energy school competition has delivered, and more.
Schools from Austria, Croatia, France, Italy and Spain were the winners of the u4energy European Award 2012 presented in Brussels on 26 November.
A Grand Jury had the daunting task of selecting them amongst the winners of national competitions, where teachers and pupils had to think about their daily consumption habits and to take action to optimize energy resources.
BUILD UP Skills: qualifications for craftsmen and on-site workers
BUILD UP Skills is an EU Initiative to improve the qualification and skills of Europe's building workers which are essential to build, equip and renovate buildings of high energy performance.
The construction sector is challenged to deliver energy efficient building renovations and embark on nearly zero-energy building projects. Through BUILD UP Skills IEE funding is available to prepare the ground for establishing training schemes and to encourage the continuing education of craftsmen and on-site workers. This initiative has mobilised a major effort in 30 European countries to increase the number of qualified workers and to facilitate the decision-making process for building-owners. As an example of national action, as announced in the sector press, energy skills workshops are held in October for the Irish construction sector .
FRESH - financing the retrofitting of social housing
Energy efficient improvements are cost-effective in the long-term, but the upfront investment, particularly in big projects, can be off-putting.
The French-led FRESH project team offers hands-on experience of using a win-win financing model to retrofit social housing - energy performance contracting. Part of the upfront investment is provided by a third party and the investments are paid for by the energy savings made. This makes initial investment costs easier to manage without compromising on energy efficiency.
AENEAS - energy efficient transport for seniors
As the population of Europe ages, the number of people using private cars increases. This presents specific mobility challenges in our cities. AENEAS was the first IEE project to look into this issue. The project encouraged older people to use more sustainable forms of transport, such as public transport, by launching travel campaigns, training senior citizens and organising other events. The project reached 80 000 people with its travel campaigns in five European cities and also provided toolkits for passenger and bus driver training.
Last update: 14/02/2013 | Top