The objective of the EU Energy Poverty Advisory Hub is to eradicate energy poverty and accelerate the just energy transition of European regions, cities, towns and villages. By providing direct support, online training, research to local authorities and civil society organisations & by building a collaborative network of all stakeholders interested in taking action to combat energy poverty in Europe.
Focus on local level
Supporting authorities and structure by: promoting actions on the ground, sharing good examples, bottom up multilevel governance argument, creating enabling environment
Creating synergies with all layers of governance
A practical approach to Energy Poverty – Action oriented
Technical support will be provided to municipalities via two open calls with regional and thematic approach.
More information on https://energy-poverty.ec.europa.eu
The UP-STAIRS project accelerates the creation of energy communities. It develops flexible and iterative business model frameworks for One-Stop-Shops for local collective actions which support local stakeholders in working together. UP-STAIRS facilitates citizen participation in the energy transition and supports them in becoming prosumers. One-Stop-Shops for energy communities are set-up in 5 pilot regions in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland and Spain.
- Accelerating the creation of new energy communities in 5 pilot regions
- Supporting citizens and municipalities in becoming prosumers
- Testing new Energy Service model frameworks of One-Stop-Shops for local collective actions which support local stakeholders in working together
- Stimulating replication in other regions throughout the EU.
- Setting-up and testing 5 One-Stop-Shops for energy communities and collective local action
- Triggering 66 million Euro in sustainable energy investments / energy-related investments
- Engaging 10,000 consumers in sustainable energy activities
Thе project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 892037
- University College Cork – National University of Ireland (IERC), Ireland
- Associació Ecoserveis (ECO), Spain
- Sofia Energy Centre (SEC), Bulgaria
- GreenCom Networks (GCN), Germany
- Polish National Energy Conservation Agency (KAPE), Poland
- OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV), Austria
- Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), Catalonia/Spain
- Cork City Council (CCC), Ireland
- Municipality of Asenovgrad (ASEN), Bulgaria
- Ekubirojs (ESEB), Latvia
The project is a joint undertaking of six pioneering municipalities – Smolyan, Banite, Chepelare, Devin, Nedelino and Zlatograd. Other key actors are:
- Association of Rhodope Municipalities (ARM) – Rhodoshop host organization;
- Sofia Energy Centre – providing management and coordination support to Rhodoshop;
- GRE-Liege – subcontractor for capacity building of Rhodoshop staff on One-Stop-Shop operation and on-going support during Rhodoshop operation phase.
Rhodoshop OSS has a team of 4 employees, extensively trained in legal, economic and technical aspects. External support for energy audits and feasibility assessments is foreseen through subcontracting.
Green Twinning project (ended 05.04.2014) is directed towards municipal authorities with the main aim to strengthen their capacity in institutionalising sustainable energy policies into their operations; this will be accomplished through direct exchange of experience, peer-to-peer and twinning approaches between local authorities from the EU-12 that are experienced in the sector and learning ones from the EU-15
- Integration of sustainable energy policies in local authorities’ operations.
- Strengthened technical and financial capacity in the fields of sustainable energy policy and implementation.
- Twinning agreements between “learning” and “experienced” municipalities that will last beyond the project end and are focused on the development and implementation of SEAP measures targeting EE and RES.
- Development of environmentally and socially acceptable SEAPs to be submitted for approval by the Covenant of Mayors.
- Delivery of SEAP actions and inclusion of leading examples in the Benchmarks of Excellence highlighted in the Covenant of Mayors.
- Promotion of the Covenant of Mayors initiative to the municipalities.
The ENNEREG project represents 12 regional partnerships committed to serve as pioneers demonstrating how regions of all types and sizes can be a key driving force in fulfilling the European 20-20-20 goal.
The first dimension concerns the 12 regional partnerships (ENNEREG Regions) making a coordinated approach in defining visions and goals suited to the local policy context, the region’s resources and the interests of stakeholders. This will lead to a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for each region to serve as a framework for the implementation process
The second dimension is to encourage regions beyond the consortium to take up the sustainable energy challenge, thereby adding value by multiplying the impact of the ENNEREG project.
The third dimension is to create an enabling environment, EU Regions 202020, for broader debate on how regions can help meet EU targets in the field of local and regional Sustainable Energy Action
The project has 16 partners from 11 European countries, partners from Bulgaria are Sofia Energy Centre and Municipality of Silistra
Other municipal projects are:
SmartEnCity – Towards Smart Zero CO2 Cities across Europe, for more information: energy policy and planning
Green ProcA, Green Public Procurement in Action, for more information: energy policy and planning
Buy Smart+ Green Procurement in Europe, for more information: energy policy and planning
Increasing Capacities in Cities for Innovative Financing in Energy Efficiency, CITYnvest, for more information: financial schemes