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20/2/2013  Brussels 12 March 2013: Training and qualification of small-scale RES installers in Europe

The strategic workshop "Training and qualification of small-scale RES installers in Europe" will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on 12 March 2013, in the framework of Install+RES and PVTRIN projects.


The event has the aim of providing relevant stakeholders with an overview of the roadmaps for qualifying the building workforce in Europe until 2020. The event will provide practical tools for implementing training and qualification schemes for installers of small-scale renewable energy sources (RES) systems in buildings. These tools are represented by the Install+RES and PVTRIN projects, which have the aim to implement training courses for installers of small-scale RES systems in buildings in several European countries. During the event, two panel sessions will be also organized in order to address the needs related to the training and qualification of installers of small-scale RES in buildings in the certification field and from the market´s point of view.

The latest programme of the event is available on the website of the event.

Event location:

Confédération Construction
34-42 rue du Lombard
1000, Brussels, Belgium

The event is organised with the support of the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) Programme.

Detailed information about the Install+RES and PVTRIN projects is available at the websites:
*    Install+RES project (www.resinstaller.eu)
*    PVTRIN project (www.pvtrin.eu)

If you wish to attend, you can confirm your participation by filling in the Registration form before Friday, 1 March 2013.  Participation is free of charge.

21/11/2012  Three Greek municipalities signed the Pact of Islands on 21 November 2012

New Pact of Islands signatories

Three Greek municipalities signed the Pact of Islands on 21 November 2012 during the Islepact Conference held in the Charlemagne Building in Brussels:

  • Municipality of Amorgos
  • Municipalities of Antiparos
  • Municipality of Sikinos

25/10/2012  Samso and Cyprus in Managenergy's Local Sustainable Energy Action Good Practices 2012

Local Sustainable Energy Action Good Practices 2012

  • Samso: (Samsø Energy Academy, Denmark) - Island aims to become fossil free community

  • Cyprus: (Cyprus Energy Agency, Cyprus) - The Educational Programme of the Cyprus Energy Agency  

ManagEnergy has just released its 2012 Good Practice Brochure! This year's OPEN DAYS seminars and workshops focused on, among other things, questions about 'smart, sustainable and inclusive growth,' and was organised under the heading 'Europe's regions and cities: Making a difference.'

The 2012 ManagEnergy brochure includes ten case studies showing some of the best ongoing examples of sustainable energy actions related to this theme. Download the brochure here.

6/6/2012  European Commission's Communication on renewable energy

A major player in the European energy market

On 6 June 2012, the European Commission presented a Communication on its renewable energy policy, outlining options for the period beyond 2020. It confirms the market integration of renewables and the need for their growth in the decades after 2020.
The Communication also calls for a more coordinated European approach in the establishment and reform of support schemes and an increased use of renewable energy trading among Member States.

20/1/2012  The Pact of Islands Written Declaration has been adopted by the European Parliament


The Written Declaration on the establishment of the Pact of Islands as an official European Union initiative has been adopted by the European Parliament (EP) on 19th of January 2012 with 388 signatures from members of the EP.

The initiative was launched by MEPs Spyros Danellis (GR), Maria Da Graça Carvalho (PT), Giommaria Uggias (IT), Alyn Smith (UK) and Kyriacos Mavronikolas (CY), on 12 September 2011 in order to promote the Pact of Islands as an EU initiative and create the conditions for the continuation of the ISLE-PACT process after 2012. The Pact of Islands has 62 signatories-island authorities to date. ISLE-PACT is co-financed by the European Commission, (DG ENER) and is committed to developing Island Sustainable Energy Action Plans and a pipeline of Bankable Projects with the aim of meeting or exceeding the EU sustainability targets of 20/20/20 for the year 2020. Currently, there are 12 participating groups of European Islands (over 50 islands) involved; cooperation with more islands is welcome as the Pact of Islands process has been conceived to include all European Islands.

29/11/2011  The Regional Government of Sicily and 8 sicilian Mayors signed the Pact

Giosuè Marino, Minister of energy and public services of the Regional Gouvernment of Sicily, signed the Pact of Islands on 29 November during the 3rd Ceremony of the Covenant of Mayors in the European Parliament.

The Regional government of Sicily Director, Piero Valenti, also signed the Pact of Islands on behalf of the 8 sicilian islands authorities of : Favignana, Lampedusa e Linosa, Leni, Lipari, Malfa, Pantelleria, S. Marina Salina, Ustica.


28/11/2011  Covenant of Mayors Ceremony 2011

The ceremony takes place in the European Parliament on 29 November

The timing of the 2011 Ceremony is strategic, as it will coincide with the international negotiations on climate change - to be held in Durban (South Africa) from 28/11 onwards - and will take place in the margins of the on-going debate on the EU Multi Annual Financial Framework, which is yet to determine the role of energy sustainability. Covenant of Mayors authorities stand united in their efforts to meet and exceed ambitious EU targets and create better living conditions for their citizens.


17/10/2011  183 MEPs have signed the Written Declaration

On the establishment of the Pact of Islands as an official European initiative

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183 MEPs have already signed the Written Declaration as of 13 October 2011

Here you may follow the number of signatures

28/9/2011  IslePact on the ManagEnergy website

An article about IslePact is now available on the ManagEnergy website.

To read it, you can either visit the homepage, tab "Focus on", or visit directly the article page.

13/9/2011  MERiFIC launched!

The maritime regions of Cornwall and Finistère are in a great position to benefit from the expected growth in marine renewable energy. Their peninsula nature and exposure to the Atlantic Ocean provides significant wave, wind and tidal resources.

Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and Finistère with the Parc Naturel Marin d'Iroise have identified marine energy as a key priority for development, with anticipated economic, social and environmental benefits.

MERiFIC (Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities) reflects this aspiration for a highly innovative green economy.

MERiFIC has been awarded funding by INTERREG IVa. The project will invest €4.5 million across Cornwall and Finistère in marine renewable energy strategy, helping to secure future energy security, jobs and investment in the regions.

MERIFIC Brochure


12/9/2011  Written Declaration of the European Parliament

On the establishment of the Pact of Islands as an official European initiative

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365 MEPs have already signed the Written Declaration

Here you may follow the number of signatures

30/5/2011  Cyprus Energy Agency ranks in the top 20 for its educational programmes on renewable energy

 One of the main objectives of the Cyprus Energy Agency is to provide systematic education, information and training sessions which address energy efficiency and renewable energy. To this end, special attention is given to educational presentations at schools in Cyprus. Since April 2009, when the Energy Agency began its education activities, the Agency has so far visited more than 90 schools – covering all educational levels. The Agency has addressed more than 15,000 students and 1000 teachers on the topics of renewable energy, energy saving, sustainable transport and environmental protection. As part of its educational activities, the Agency utilises the following tools and methods: demonstration tools; posters with 4 energy saving tips for kids; an educational table game; an online monthly educational quiz; the organisation of the annual kids drawing competition: "I draw for renewables, energy efficiency and sustainable transport"; an educational leaflet for teachers, etc.

Download case study: pdf

More on the Managenergy site: http://www.managenergy.net/resources/1425


24/5/2011  Green Week for the efficient use of resources 24-27 May 2011


Green Week for the efficient use of resources 24-27 May 2011

Brussels, 25/05/2011 (Agence Europe) - Green Week 2011 focuses on the efficient use of natural resources. It was launched by EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potoènik in Brussels on Tuesday 24 May in the form of an appeal to consumers to look for ways to use the planet's resources more efficiently and help the EU meet its keynote objectives for 2020.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potoènik said: "Resource efficiency isn't just about constraints and scarcity - it's a vast array of opportunities for growth and jobs with less waste, a cleaner environment, and better, more sustainable choices for consumers. The scope of this year's Green Week is a clear demonstration of the reach of environment policy - it really is fundamental to the way we choose to live our lives."
This is the 11th Green Week, a four-day conference where participants will look for better ways to use the planet's resources. Together with discussions on traditional environmental issues like the availability of resources, recycling, biodiversity and soil, the conference will examine issues including the transition to a resource efficient economy; greener chemicals; green skills, employment & innovation; financing eco-innovation; food waste; waste as a resource; water efficiency, construction, and business ideas for the "circular economy".
Some 3,500 participants (representatives of EU institutions, business and industry, non-governmental organisations, public authorities, the scientific community, academia and the media) will attend more than 38 meetings, workshops and special events to raise public awareness and swap experience and best practice. One of the highlights of the year's Green Week will be a visit to the Solar Impulse at Brussels Zaventem Airport - the first aeroplane designed to fly day and night without requiring fuel or producing carbon emissions. It will be on display to the public until 29 May.

This year's theme of the biggest annual conference on the EU's environment policy supports the Europe 2020 flagship initiative on resource efficiency, encouraging a shift towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy to achieve sustainable growth. www.greenweek2011.eu

24/5/2011  EREC: “Moving to 2030: A binding 45% renewable energy target”

EREC Press Release

Brussels, 24th May 2011. At the occasion of its biannual Policy Conference (EREC 2011), EREC calls for a legally binding renewable energy target of 45% of final energy consumption in the EU by 2030. This appeal comes as a request to ensure that the European Union deliver on its 80-95% greenhouse emissions reduction commitment by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels) and maintain its increasingly challenged industrial leadership in renewable energy technologies.

There is a far reaching agreement that Europe's energy system must undergo radical change. With today's policies, however, the EU is set to fail meeting its long-term climate ambition. The European Commission estimates in its low carbon economy roadmap that a continuation of current trends and policies would result in only a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
"EU energy policy needs to be geared up to reach the Heads of State commitment of reducing GHG emission by 80-95%. What's more, to keep its pole position in terms of competitiveness, we need a legally binding target for renewables of 45% by 2030 as this would make up a clear signal for investors and unlock crucial private investments", said Arthouros Zervos, President of EREC.
"By 2030, Upper Austria will cover 100% of its space heat and electricity demand from renewable energy sources", asserted Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy of Upper Austria. "Regions are going ahead and putting in place the measures on the ground to make Europe take a truly sustainable pathway. Brussels needs to follow our example and catch up!"
"If Europe wants to maintain its renewable energy leadership, we at First Solar, believe that a stable policy framework and a 45% target for 2030 is a prerequisite", stated Maja Wessels, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at First Solar, solar module manufacturers.
"At present, almost 50% of the total energy consumed in Europe is used for the generation of heat for either domestic or industrial purposes", highlighted Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, President of the Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC) Technology Platform. "If we are serious about moving towards a truly sustainable energy system in the EU, renewables need to be boosted and a target for the next decade would do just that".

More information:

EREC 2011, organised by EREC and the Hungarian Presidency of the EU, is the gathering ground for high-level EU officials, politicians and the renewable energy industry, to discuss Europe's energy pathway. http://www.erec.org/erec2011/welcome.html
15/4/2011  ManagEnergy Workshop -ELENA, Brussels, Belgium

The ELENA (European Local ENergy Assistance) workshop was held during the 2011 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).  Please follow this link for details and the presentations that were made at the event: http://www.managenergy.net/workshop_2011_brussels_elena.html

15/4/2011  Europe can make 30% emissions cuts, EU figures show (EurActiv article)

A 30% cut in greenhouse gas emissions is possible by 2020 if Europe meets its efficiency targets, according to the maths used by Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.

But no-one in the Commission will say this publicly for two reasons. 

One is that the dry figures involved hint at a well-known and still simmering dispute between the European Commission's climate and energy departments – DG Clima and DG Energy.
The other is that a lack of inter-departmental coordination has turned the issue into a technical dog's dinner.

Number discrepancies

Officially, the Commission's climate department maintains that a 25% reduction in planet-warming gases by 2020 is possible – if only the EU's goal of a 20% improvement on energy efficiency is also met.
Page 55 of the impact assessment detailing its Low Carbon Roadmap for 2050 projects an energy consumption rate in Europe of 1,740 Million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) by 2020.
By stark contrast, Page 2 of the communication accompanying the Energy Efficiency Plan, drawn up by DG Energy, predicts that just 1,600 Mtoe will be consumed by 2020.
Commission officials confirm that the 140 Mtoe discrepancy occurred because the scenarios used in the Low Carbon Roadmap do not assume an achievement of the 20% energy efficiency target, perhaps because it is not legally binding.
But if it were achieved, DG Clima's maths shows that the assumed 25% cut in atmosphere-baking gases would in fact be bounced up five points, to 30%.
This is because the Commission's mathematical model values one Mtoe at two Million tonnes of CO2 (Mt CO2) and so 140 Mtoe = 280 Mt CO2. In 1990, the baseline year for the EU's 2020's targets, CO2 emissions were 5,567 Mt CO2. If you divide 280 into 5,567, you will get five percent of the total CO2 emissions for 1990.

A 'politically sensitive' issue

The discrepancy is recognised by officials within the Commission, although none of those contacted by EurActiv would go on the record with a comment.
One EU source described the issue as "politically sensitive". 
"There are a lot of political problems here," he said.
EurActiv understands that both the energy and environment directorates of the Commission used the PRIMES model to calculate their figures.
But co-ordination between the two DGs was affected by long-standing tensions.
According to one official, DG Energy was "very reluctant" to work with DG Clima on any statistics that could be used to link energy efficiency with emissions reductions, including the energy consumption figures used in the Roadmap's Impact Assessment.
Their skittishness masked a core policy disagreement.

Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger favours maintaining the EU's current 20% emissions reduction target for 2020, which he sees as the maximum that can be achieved without a "de-industrialisation" of Europe.

But Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard wants it raised to help the EU's longer-term goal of 80-95% cuts by 2050.
This is the minimum that scientists believe is needed to avoid more than two degrees of global warming, which could be catastrophic.
CO2 emissions in the EU-27 countries have already fallen substantially since 1990 and, although picking up again after the recession, may still be on course to exceed the official target of a 20% reduction by 2020.

Green cheers

Environmentalists heralded the prospect of their reaching 30% with joy. Brook Riley of Friends of the Earth, who discovered the statistical anomaly with Arianna Vitali of World Wildlife Fund, described it as a "breakthrough".
"This is Commission proof that we can do 30% domestically," he enthused, "not with offsetting or 15% here and 15% somewhere with a phoney CDM credit. It is 30% in Europe and it's not an NGO saying it, it's the Commission."

All that was needed, he argued, was for a strong energy efficiency directive in June to recommend that the EU's efficiency targets be made binding.

Source: http://www.euractiv.com/en/climate-environment/europe-30-emissions-cuts-eu-figures-show-news-504097?utm_source=EurActiv+Newsletter&utm_campaign=81f0f5351a-my_google_analytics_key&utm_medium=email

12/4/2011  The Pact of Islands Signing Ceremony took place on 12 April 2011 in Brussels

48 island authorities signed the Pact of Islands in Brussels at the Committtee of the Regions on 12 April 2011 in the presence of  Mrs. Bresso, the President of the Committee of the Regions, EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki, Eleni Marianou, the Secretary General of the CPMR, Members of EU Parliament,  EU Commission Officials and island representatives. More

12/4/2011  Sicily announces intent to join the Pact of Islands

During the Signing Ceremony of the Pact of Islands in Brussels on 12 April 2011, Sicily announced its intent to join the Pact of Islands.
Mr. Gregory Arena, Brussels representative of the Sicilian region, announced that the region as well as the islands of Pantelleria, Lampedousa, Lipari, Ustica, Salina and Favigniana intend to join the Pact of Islands process.
12/4/2011  Commission Communication "Smart Grids: from innovation to deployment"

On 12 April 2011, the European Commission has adopted the Communication "Smart Grids: from innovation to deployment"


10/4/2011  The Pact of Islands Brochure is available

The Pact of Islands Brochure is now available.  It provides an overview of the Pact of Islands process, the partners that are currently involved and a brief list of financial sources that are available for funding energy-related investments in your areas.

Please visit this link to download the Brochure in various languages.

7/4/2011  The Mallorca Island Council approved its adhesion to the Pact of Islands on 7 April 2011
1/4/2011  The Regional Government of Sardinia approved its adhesion to the Pact of Islands on 1 April 2011
25/3/2011  Canary Islands sign the Pact of Islands


The Canary Islands Government and seven Presidents of the Islands Authorities signed the Pact of Islands on 23 March 20011 in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria.

From left to right:

  • D. Luis Alberto Viña Ramos, Consejero de Planificación y Servicios Públicos de la isla de La Palma, Counselor for Planning and Public Services of the Island Authority of La Palma
  • D. Pedro San Ginés Gutiérrez, Presidente del Cabildo de la isla de Lanzarote, President of the Island Authority of Lanzarote
  • Dª María del Mar Julios Reyes, Consejera de Empleo, Industria y Comercio y Vicepresidenta del Gobierno de Canarias, Regional Minister of Employment, Industry and Commerce & Vicepresident of the Canary Islands  Government
  • Dª Carmen Ventura  Rodríguez, Consejera del Área de Actividades Socioculturales del Cabildo de La Gomera, Counselor for Cultural Activities of the Island Authority of La Gomera
  • D. Guillermo Nicanor Concepción Rodríguez, Vicepresidente de la isla de Fuerteventura, Vicepresident of the Island Authority of Fuerteventura


ARCHIPIÉLAGO NOTICIAS:     Las renovables se ven frenadas en Canarias

12/3/2011  Greece - Aegean islands committed to sign the Pact of Islands on 12-13 March 2011

During the Mediterranean Conference of Islands on "The Pact of Islands and the role of island authorities in sustainable energy planning" in Syros, Greece on Saturday 12 March 2011 organised by DAFNI, the Network of Aegean Islands for Sustainability, fifteen Greek island authorities – Aigina, Amorgos, Ios, Kimolos, Lesvos, Limnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Samothraki, Santorini, Sifnos, Sikinos, Skyros, Syros, and the Regions of North and South Aegean committed to signing the Pact of Islands entering into a political engagement to help achieve the European Union's sustainability objectives for the year 2020. 
The Conference was attended by Greek and EU regional and local authorities, EU officials and the CPMR (Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions).  
The official Signing Ceremony of the Pact of Islands will take place in Brussels on 12 April 2011. 

10/3/2011  A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050


8/3/2011  The European Commission has adopted the Communication Energy Efficiency Plan 2011

On 8 March 2011, the European Commission has adopted the Communication "Energy Efficiency Plan 2011" and in pdf (English)

2/2/2011  Renewable Energy Targets: Commission calls on Member States to boost cooperation

The European Commission presented on 31 January 2011 its Communication "Renewable Energy: Progressing towards the 2020 target"

26/1/2011  Azores signed the Pact of Islands on 26 January 2011

    Azores signed the Pact of Islands on 26 January 2011.

20/1/2011  Ten municipalities and two towns sign the Pact of Islands on 20 January 2011 in Cyprus

Ten municipalities and two townssign the Pact of Islands on 20 January 2011 in Cyprus at a public ceremony held at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in the presence of the Minister of Agriculture (responsible for environmental issues) Mr. D. Eliadis, members of the Cyprus Parliament and other Cypriot dignitaries:

  • Municipality of Strovolos
  • Municipality of Agios Athanasios
  • Municipality of Latsia
  • Municipality of Paralimni
  • Municipality of Idalion
  • Municipality of Aradippou
  • Municipality of Aglantzia
  • Municipality of Larnaca
  • Municipality of Lakatamia
  • Municipality of Polis Chrysochous
  • Community (City) of Geri
  • Community of Ergates
20/1/2011  The Union of Saaremaa Local Governments signed on 20 January 2011 the Pact of Islands

The Union of Saaremaa Local Governments in Estonia signed the Pact of Islands on 20 January 2011.

6/12/2010  Hiiumaa, Estonia signed the Pact of Islands

Hiiumaa, Estonia signed the Pact of Islands on 6 December 2010.

17/11/2010  New priorities for 2020 and beyond

On 17 November 2010, the European Commission has adopted the Communication "Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond - A Blueprint for an integrated European energy network"  

16/11/2010  Samso signs the Pact of Islands on 16 November 2010

Samsø, Denmark signed the Pact of Islands on 16 November 2010.

10/11/2010  Energy 2020 - A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy

On 10 November 2010, the European Commission has adopted the Communication "Energy 2020 - A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy"
4/11/2010  Comhairle nan Eilean Siar-The Outer Hebrides of Scotland signed the Pact of Islands

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar-The Outer Hebrides of Scotland signed the Pact of Islands on 4 November 2010.

28/10/2010  Gotland signs the Pact of Islands on 28 October 2010

Gotland, Sweden signs the Pact of Islands on 28 October 2010.

13/9/2010  Öland signs the Pact of Islands

Öland, Sweden's second largest island, signed the Pact of Islands on 13 September 2010.

24/3/2010  EU event 24 March 2010

The 24 March 2010 event marked the official presentation of the project in Brussels. It was held within the context of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, 22-26 March 2010 in Brussels at the Committee of the Regions. The ISLE-PACT project was presented to island politicians, Commission staff and Members of the European Parliament with the view to attracting the necessary political support and commitment from European island authorities. more

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