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Profitability and sustainability go hand in hand with the Amsterdam Investment Fund; a network of financing tools that is propelling the city towards energy transition. Four years ago, Amsterdam chose to sell its shares in NUON, a former local utility company. Its next move would change the future of the city and produce a paradigm-shifting… » read more

Posted by Clare Taylor

Ambitious energy efficiency targets will require significant investment from the private sector. Public authorities are learning fast from innovative financing mechanisms the EU is putting in place to achieve this. Energy efficiency has traditionally been viewed as a public good financed by public sector grants. But the public purse can only do so much and… » read more

Posted by Clare Taylor

In conversation with BUILD UP, Rod Janssen, long-term consultant to the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) talks about the Recast EPBD, low energy buildings and the need for strong leadership on energy efficiency.   What was eceee’s involvement in the EPBD and the Recast EPBD? Firstly, eceee closely followed the approval process… » read more

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Crowdfunding of renewable energy projects is growing fast in Europe. If this grassroots movement gets organized in time to access the big money available in the next round of cohesion funding, it could have far reaching effects on the European energy sector. In recession era Europe, much talk is of ‘innovative’ or ‘alternative’ financing for… » read more

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ManagEnergy capacity building workshops have primarily focused on energy performance contracting in 2012-2013, in support of DG Energy’s campaign. Nils Daugaard and Ezgi Basar report from the campaign trail and compare market success factors. For outsourced energy services, Czech Republic is considered a frontrunner in Europe, the Croatian market is still in an early stage… » read more

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In light of the current economic situation, one way the public sector can invest in building energy efficiency is by using European Structural and Cohesion Funds, financial tools set up to implement the regional policies of the European Union (also known as Cohesion Policy). Structural Funds are made up of the European Regional Development Fund… » read more

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ManagEnergy caught up with Claudia Carani of the Modena Energy Agency (AESS) at its recent capacity building workshop in Sardinia where she described recent developments in the municipality’s €54 million ELENA-funded energy efficiency project. The city council of Modena joined the Covenant of Mayors in January 2010. The city developed a Sustainable Energy Action Plan… » read more

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The Energy saving in municipal building (ENSAMB) project was launched in 2012; it aims to achieve at least 25% energy savings in 120 municipal buildings—representing 11 GWh/year and an estimated investment of €11.2 million. The project partners are 5 small municipalities in rural Norway—Elverum, Engerdal, Stor-Elvdal and Åmot—all of whom have also signed the Covenant… » read more

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Mobilising Local Energy Investment Project Development Assistance (MLEI-PDA), supported by Intelligent Energy Europe assists local and regional authorities develop sustainable energy projects. It aims to bridge the gap between sustainable energy plans and real investment by funding activities necessary to prepare, and mobilise finance for public investment programmes. The types of projects supported include investment… » read more

Posted by Clare Taylor

ManagEnergy had a very busy EUSEW 2013 co-organising four events, meeting new contacts from all over Europe and distributing the newly published 2013 Energy Agencies Directory and Energy Agencies Map. The main theme of EUSEW 2013 was financial mechanisms, innovative financing and the need to change political will into investment to ensure Europe meets its… » read more

Posted by Clare Taylor