Clare Taylor @ Managenergy

Cognitive biases, dealing with negative publicity and creating meaningful brands, are some of the aspects described in a new scoping study from the IEA-RETD, giving some fascinating insight into how communications campaigns for renewables can be improved. Here’s a few cognitive biases (non-rational human behaviours) for starters: 
Post date: 26 Apr 2013
Type: News

The objective of the consultation was to seek the view of relevant stakeholders given IEE's aim to support market deployment of sustainable energy measures to achieve the 20-20-20 targets.The public consultation was open from 20 June to 12 September 2012 and received a total of 643 responses. Support for the continuance of the program was clear - almost 90% participants wished to have a follow-up to IEE II.In response to the question, ‘Which target group should IEE III focus on?’ participants named public authorities as the leading target group.
Post date: 3 Apr 2013
Type: News

Miguel Feliz, ADENEHere in Portugal, the ESCO market in [government owned] public buildings is practically nonexistent. Until recently, the procurement rules for public authorities were not geared towards these kinds of contracts, which made it difficult. The economic conditions of the last few years don’t help either.The private sector has a few successful cases, in buildings and industry, namely in the hotel & leisure sector and in partnership with industry associations.Market size
Post date: 21 Mar 2013
Type: News

The €70m Energy Efficiency Fund is created using matching private sector investment to a minimum Fund value of €70m (with €35m from the Government). There is a “good degree of interest from the market” according to a government source, including from ESCOs and investment fund managers.  It is intended to commence lending in 2013.
Post date: 13 Mar 2013
Type: News

The event aimed to promote dialogue between the mayors of Europe’s capitals: amongst themselves, the European Commission and to mobilise them to fulfill the goals of the Europe2020 Agenda for Growth.
Post date: 11 Mar 2013
Type: News

This was the leading question posed by the Guardian Local Government Network during the live chat discussion which took place on 27 February.
Post date: 11 Mar 2013
Type: News

‘The World You Like Challenge is a great opportunity to move beyond mere talking about climate change. By submitting your project, you show that building a world we like with a climate we like is feasible and affordable. And it won't make our lives dull and grey,’said Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action.Who can participate?
Post date: 26 Feb 2013
Type: News

The scheme uses an Energy Service Company (ESCo) to implement energy efficiency measures – in this case, retrofitting public buildings and enabling organisations to cut running costs, energy consumption and carbon emissions. The ESCo guarantees the level of energy savings, thus offering a secure financial saving over the period of the agreement. 
Post date: 21 Feb 2013
Type: News

‘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

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