The main goal of COOPENERGY is to foster the development of collaboration models in sustainable energy planning between the regional and local public authorities to lead the transition towards low carbon communities and regions.
100% RES Communities action aims at experimenting and developing the model of joint SEAPs elaboration and implementation in rural territories and towns in 9 European countries. In this model, rural towns sign the Covenant of Mayors together with a territorial authority acting as Territorial Coordinator.
CASCADE is a 3-year project (2011-2014) of networking and mutual learning on local energy leadership. It supports cities in delivering the European Union 2020 targets for energy and climate change.
The City_SEC project arises from the common need to support the local and regional policy makers in order to become members of the Covenant of Mayors and achieve its objectives, in particular, in those regions where there are few municipalities as signatories.
CONURBANT - An inclusive peer-to-peer approach to involve EU CONURBations and wide areas in participating to the CovenANT of Mayors is a Intelligent Energy Europe project.
Capacity building of local governments to advance Local Climate and Energy Action – from planning to action to monitoring
The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020
The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR - www.crpm.org) brings together some 160 regions from 28 Member States, both members and non-members of the European Union.
Representing almost 200 million people, it campaigns in favour of a more balanced development of the Community territory.
The ENERGY FOR MAYORS project supports reaching the EU climate and energy goals by involving European cities and towns in sustainable energy planning, reducing energy consumption and increasing the share of renewable energy sources (RES).
Regions paving the way for a Sustainable Energy Europe
The aim of ENNEREG has been to establish and inspire EU Regions to take up the challenges of fulfilling the EU 20-20-20 climate and energy targets
The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) came into existence in the year 2000, as the voice of the European renewable energy industry. EREC represents the entire renewable energy sector as the umbrella organisation of the European renewable energy industry, trade and research associations active in the sectors of photovoltaics, small hydropower, solar thermal, bioenergy, geothermal, solar thermal electricity and wind energy. EREC represents an industry with an annual economic activity of more than €130 billion and more than 1 million employees.
eReNet aims to add value to local actions in rural communities, creating an intelligent and integrated "Rural Web Energy Learning Network for Action".
EUFORES is a European parliamentary network with Members from all major political groups in the European Parliament as well as in the national EU Member States Parliaments.
EUFORES promotes the deployment of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency within Europe. It is a non-profit organisation founded 1995 by Members of the European Parliament and other key actors.
Under the political guidance of Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, the Directorate-General for Energy is responsible for developing and implementing a European energy policy.
ITRE Committee: The ITRE Committee of the European Parliament deals with legislative proposals on Research and Energy; The European Parliament is playing a vital role in shaping such EU energy and energy research policies.
In the important field of Energy, Europe has to face its weaknesses and provide solutions. Large sums are paid for the import of oil and gas. It is important that energy remain available and affordable for citizens and industry. Energy efficiency, renewable energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions are also issues ITRE deals with daily.
Capacity building and lessons to be learned for the institutionalisation of sustainable energy policies in the municipalities’ operations.
Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) offers a helping hand to organisations willing to improve energy sustainability. Launched in 2003 by the European Commission, the programme is part of a broad push to create an energy-intelligent future for us all. It supports EU energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, with a view to reaching the EU 2020 targets (20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% improvement in energy efficiency and 20% of renewables in EU energy consumption).
The LEAP project has been established to facilitate a network of pan-European municipalities to plan and deliver local sustainable energy solutions in line with the Covenant of Mayors.
The MESHARTILITY (Measure and share data with utilities for the Covenant of Mayors) project aims at the development of solutions and tools facilitating exchange of energy data between energy utilities and local authorities that are busy assessing local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and planning action to address this through energy savings, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy.
The NET-COM project aims at empowering local authorities (at both political and administrative levels) to implement successfully their current (or future) Covenant engagements. Thus NET-COM directly supports the EU’s Energy and Climate Package targets.
SEAP-PLUS aims at the enhancement of the CoM results and impact in both quantitative and qualitative terms: bring more Signatories and Covenant Supporters or Coordinators in CoM, assist and help them in the preparation of more and better SEAPs, but also trigger cooperation of Local Authorities with Regional Authorities and Energy Stakeholders and cooperation between experienced and learning CoM participants.
Spatial planning has a key role to play in creating urban environments that support less energy-intense lifestyles and communities. Spatial planning and urban planners have a pivotal role in developing energy strategies and actions plans, and the SPECIAL project has been set up to help bridge the gap between climate change/energy action planning and spatial and urban planning.
Stimulating the use of sustainable energy resources and energy efficient methods in urban and regional planning by improving knowledge, skills and attitudes of professional planners at regional authorities, local organisations and national associations.