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Local Energy Action 2007

Local Energy Action 2007

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Good practices 2007
5Introduction - Local initiatives lead the way8The Case Studies
 The Polish Energy Bus
B.&S.U. Beratungs- & Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt, Germany 
Saving Energy in Residential Housing
 Agencia Provincial de la Energía de Burgos, Spain
Ecient lighting in the Latvian Academy o Sport Education
Ekodoma, Latvia
Assessment o Energy Saving Potential in Residential Buildings in Kaunas City
Kaunas Regional Energy Agency, Lithuania
 The European Energy Trophy
B.&S.U. Beratungs- & Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt, Germany 
Green Light Graz - Modernization and saving energy or street lighting
Graz Energy Agency, Austria
Action Today or a Sustainable Tomorrow: The Energy Strategy or Cornwall
Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership, UK 
Implementation Plan or Renewable Energy Sources in Crete
REAC, NTUA and CRES, Greece
 The 2000 Green Paper ‘Towards a European strategy or the security o energy supply’analysedEurope’s structural weaknesses: energy consumption is rising, while the EU is becomingincreasingly dependent on external sources o energy. At the same time, to respect itscommitments under the Kyoto Protocol, the EU pledged to reduce its production o greenhousegases. The Green Paper proposed a strategy to reduce energy consumption in Europe throughimproved energy eciency, to increase the use o renewable energy sources and to diversiyenergy imports.Since 2000, energy policy has been continuously developed, and in 2007 EU heads o state andgovernment adopted a binding ‘Energy Policy or Europe’. This proposed an ambitious rangeo new targets and objectives or 2020, including: reducing greenhouse gas emissions romdeveloped countries by 30%; improving energy eciency by 20%; raising the share o renewableenergy to 20%; and increasing the level o biouels in transport uel to 10%.Promoting local initiatives or more ecient use o energy and greater use o energy romrenewable sources is crucial or reaching these targets. To help disseminate Good Practice in LocalEnergy Action, this publication has been produced by CPL Scientifc Publishing Services and STEM- the Swedish Energy Agency or the European Commission Directorate-General or Energy and Transport. It is part o the Managenergy initiative supported by the European Commission underthe Intelligent Energy-Europe Programme.Further inormation about ManagEnergy can be ound on the web at http:// www.managenergy.netInormation on the Directorate-General or Energy and Transport can be ound athttp://ec.europa.eu/dgs/energy_transport/index_en.htmlA great deal o additional inormation on the European Union is available on the internet.It can be accessed through the Europa server (http://ec.europa.eu/). © European Communities, 2007Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledgedManuscript completed on 30th September 2007Photos courtesy o: B.&S.U. Beratungs- & Service-Gesellschat Umwelt, Agencia Provincial de laEnergía de Burgos, Kaunas Regional Energy Agency, Leastream Ltd, Graz Energy Agency, CornwallSustainable Energy Partnership, CRES, Norrbottens Energikontor (NENET), Fredrik Broman and AGEASSalerno
Grasping o Climate in Theory and Practice
Norrbottens Energikontor NENET, Sweden
 An Taisce – The National Trust for Irelan
Energy and its Relationship with the Environment (peeRma)
 Alida Ingeniería del medio S.L. Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
RESIS – Renewable Energy Sources in Schools
 AGEAS Salerno, Italy 
Local initiatives lead the way
A European challenge
Energy consumption in the European Union is rising, and so is our dependence on ossil uels – principally oil andgas – imported rom outside the Union’s borders. At the same time, the EU has signed up to the Kyoto Protocol,committing us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 by 8%, in comparison to 1990 levels. In November2000, the European Commission adopted a Green Paper, setting out the strategy to reduce the EU’s dependenceon imported energy. This was developed urther by the Green Paper on Energy Eciency o June 2005, whichlisted a number o options to save 20% o energy consumption by 2020 in a cost eective way through changesin consumer behaviour and energy ecient technologies. In 2007, EU heads o state and government adopteda binding ‘Energy Policy or Europe’. This proposed an ambitious range o new targets and objectives or 2020,including: reducing greenhouse gas emissions rom developed countries by 30%; improving energy eciency by20%; raising the share o renewable energy to 20%; and increasing the level o biouels in transport uel to 10%.Whilst action at EU and national levels is a vital part o realising these objectives, without action at the locallevel, there is no chance that they can be achieved. The drive to improve energy eciency requires end-users toexamine their energy consumption and consider means to reduce it – but without reducing their standards o living. Initiatives such as installing insulation or more ecient heating/cooling equipment, or simply ensuring thatlights and equipment are switched o when not in use all bring savings in energy consumption, and reduce thecost o bills. Increasing the use o renewable energy sources is oten appropriately tackled at local level. Individualinstallation o photovoltaic panels to capture solar energy, or district heating plants red by biouels, or local windarms to provide electricity to an area, are dierent examples in which local communities can commit themselvesto using renewable energy.Local – or individual – initiatives are critical to achieving the EU’s targets in the energy sector. The more suchinitiatives are taken, the closer we come to meeting our commitments. But i local citizens do not take up thechallenge, we cannot reach our objectives. Certainly there is an initial investment that needs to be borne, but in thelonger term, these initiatives will pay or themselves in cost savings, in addition to reducing environmental damage.
Energy agencies as local acilitators
Inormation and encouragement are at the heart o successul local initiatives to encourage take-up o energyeciency and renewable energy use. Individuals, organisations and companies which stand to benet rom suchmeasures oten do not have the resources to investigate the possibilities and, thereore, do not consider takingthem up. To help provide local citizens and organisations with the inormation and encouragement needed, theEuropean Commission has supported the creation o local energy agencies across the EU. These are set up bypublic authorities (regional or local authorities made up o elected representatives) and partner organisations,although the agency itsel must be established as a separate legal entity. The role o energy agencies is to promoteand disseminate good practice in the areas o energy eciency and renewable energies.
Achieving the European Union’s ambitious goals or improving energy efciency and increasing the shareo energy rom renewable sources cannot be let to governments and utilities alone. I these goals areto be reached, individuals – householders, companies, organisations – need to make choices, and takeresponsibility or their own energy use. Local energy agencies are about inorming and encouraginglocal citizens to take these decisions, so that local actions bring direct benefts to local people. Ideas orlocal initiatives are requently simple, and have already proved their worth elsewhere, but successulimplementation requires commitment and resources.

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