Lithuania

‘In 2011, for the first time, European investments in renewable energies were higher than for conventional fuels. Europe already produces over 3.8 GW from wind power alone!’ said Oettinger, adding that there would be ‘no sustainable economic growth without sustainable energy’. The Commissioner promised ‘more jobs in renewable energy, on top of the million we have already created’.
Post date: 30 Jan 2013
Type: News

A number of common Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) models - shared savings and variable contract terms - are explained and a number of short case studies are outlined. It also illustrates the EPC procurement stages and identifies contractual considerations that are of particular relevance to public sector organisations.
Post date: 28 Jan 2013
Type: Publication

This Guide provides information on the structuring of EPCs for public buildings and refers to additional sources of good practice. Furthermore, the Guide is designed to help readers address the challenges of reducing the energy consumption and GHG emissions of public buildings while transferring project risks to the private sector. This includes Design, Build and Finance (“DBF”), and in some cases, Operation and Maintenance (“O&M”).
Post date: 28 Jan 2013
Type: Publication

One might ask why certify at all? The reasons vary from stronger branding with an environmental profile and ensuring a good indoor environment, to energy efficiency and “guaranteed” building quality leading to more tenants and higher occupancy rates which ultimately can give increased financial value of a building. All this leads to an important message which is to understand the certification systems and to be able to compare them on a good level.
Post date: 26 Jan 2013
Type: News

Could you tell us about EPEC’s work, especially how it relates to investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy?EPEC was established in September 2008 as a unique cooperative initiative of the EIB, the European Commission and EU Candidate Countries and Member States. We have an international team of 18 professionals working on a range of PPP issues alongside Member States.
Post date: 26 Jan 2013
Type: News

Mentioning a '20% increase in energy efficiency' as one of the main priorities set out in the Europe 2020 strategy for 'smart, sustainable and inclusive growth,' Hahn spoke firmly about the important role of cities in acheiving these ends: 'There has been much talk in Brussels in the past couple of years about these objectives and how to achieve them,' said Hahn. 'I can tell you one thing very clearly: we will never achieve them without Europe's cities.
Post date: 15 Jan 2013
Type: News

The main aim of REScoop 20-20-20, a new IEE-supported initiative (launched in April, 2012) according to Dirk Vansintjan, the project’s coordinator, ‘... is to bring to the surface all the renewable energy cooperatives around Europe; all the pioneers responsible for these initiatives, all their expertise, and all their experiences—both good and bad.’
Post date: 10 Jan 2013
Type: News

The material and presentations of the meeting are now available here. 
Post date: 13 Dec 2012
Type: News

The goal of the initiative is to increase the number of qualified construction workers on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, so the sector will be ready to deliver high quality renovations and the new (nearly zero energy) buildings. 
Post date: 13 Dec 2012
Type: Link

Building/Construction

Apart from energy assessors and inspectors, there is one more wide category of specialists that is essential in the achievement of energy efficiency in the building sector: That is the category of various craftsmen and other on-site construction workers and systems installers that will be relied upon in the construction of new buildings and/or the renovation of existing buildings. 
Post date: 12 Dec 2012
Type: Scheme