Learning from experience and involving energy-citizens; two ways of improving energy-related policymaking

The purpose of this event is twofold

(1) share concrete experiences and raise discussions about the design of energy efficiency policies and their impacts;

(2) provide information and a discussion space around the transformation of the role of energy citizens and energy communities.

The event thus combines the top-down perspective of policy design and successes of policies with the bottom-up perspective of how to involve individuals in the implementation of energy policies and support them in the transformation to energy citizens.

From Here to There – the Path to Follow Leading on national long-term renovation strategies to upgrade our buildings

To lead on the clean energy transition and respect the Paris Agreement, the EU should embark on a decarbonisation path that puts Energy Efficiency First. In that framework, energy renovation of buildings is key, as it holds the biggest energy savings potential, and is also a strong job creator. The EU legislators agreed when they revised the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, as they introduced the objective to reach a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.

Energy Plans and Roadmaps for Sustainable Future

The purpose of our seminar is to improve the capacity of forerunners of sustainable energy/transport sector to roadmap the energy transition in European communities. The seminar sets on the wider background of the challenges that EU communities are facing on energy planning. Increasing need for the coordination between the different priorities (social, environmental, technological) and disciplines (transport and logistics, ICT, commerce etc) requires further advancements on planning.

Public Sector Energy Programme, Ireland

In order to implement the European Union climate plan’s objectives within its territory Ireland wished to set up a program to reduce the energy consumption in the public sector through measures supporting a responsible energy use. The aim is to provide innovative solutions for the implementation of projects that meet European objectives.

Facilitation of Energy Project Investment in Local Authorities, Ireland

The programme offers a solution to LA struggling to gain investment in energy projects. It adds a structure to energy project assessment with performance indicators and financial models. This innovative funding solution operates such that the Energy Conservation Budget is utilised with an internal Energy Performance Contract (EPC). This is equivalent to an Internal ESCO (Energy Services Company).

ClimAtlantic Project, Ireland

Carlow County Council consumes approximately 8 million kWh of electricity per year to run all of its operations, equating to a total electricity bill of €1.25 M per year. To reduce the expense and carbon footprint of Carlow County Council, a pilot action was developed.

Public Sector ISO50001 Support Programme, Ireland

Ireland has been able to benefit from European Social Fund (ESF) funding and has put in place a unique support program specifically developed for the public sector to drive best practice in energy management.

Removal of the low-stack emission in Miechow – the KAWKA project, Poland

In an attempt to implement energy efficient solutions the Miechow municipality applied for funding to the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.