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4 December 2015


Community energy: accelerating sustainable energy roll-out in Europe

Paris, France
French Economic, Social and Environental Council, 9 Place d’Iéna, 75775 Paris cedex 16
How can local governments and their communities help to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy until 2030? What part do community-owned renewables play in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and especially the COP21 Paris Agreement?

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), ICLEI Europe, the French Economic Social and Environmental Council, and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) have come together to present an event in the context of the COP21 addressing these key challenges and starting a dialogue on the role of civil society and community engagement following the Paris Agreement. The roll-out of sustainable energy in Europe in the run-up to 2030 will be the central theme, with a specific focus on the potential of community-led and owned RES for local and regional development. The event is organised in collaboration with the CO-POWER project.

Policy is a vital bridge between commitment and action and is instrumental in seeing ambitious actions through from concept to real change on the ground. At this event, local governments and civil society-led initiatives will share best practices from their experience with community energy and will lead a conversation on how to plan ahead to 2030. A diverse group of experts including European, national, regional and local policy makers will participate alongside local governments, networks and associations, community energy projects, cooperatives, rural communities, NGOs and RES developers.

Click here to register. For more information, download the agenda below.

10 December 2015


Harnessing community power: how can local authorities support decentralised energy projects?

Paris, France
Agora Hall, Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015, Climate Generations Areas, COP21
This session will focus on the role of local and regional authorities in supporting local renewables and especially community-led projects. The event will focus on challenges and barriers, as well as share success stories, in the ongoing transition to renewably sourced energy at the local level. It is organised by ICLEI Europe, the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee in co-operation with the CO-POWER project, funded by Intelligent Energy Europe.

A panel discussion will explore and highlight the potential benefits of community energy in relation to energy security, social equity and energy democratization and discuss how to speed up the development of renewable energy projects by creating a favorable legislative environment at local, national and European level.

The programme for this event is available for download here. Read more about the TAP Pavilion here.

10 December 2015

Transition to Sustainable Energy in Europe

Exhibition Stand at COP21

Paris, France
Tranformatve Action Pavilion - COP21
The Community Power (CO-POWER), Mayors in Action and 50000&1 SEAPs projects, all co-funded by Intelligent Energy Europe, will host an exhibition stand in the TAP Pavilion, where experts will be available to discuss and exchange on sustainable energy action planning and implementation. Projects' results, guidelines and tools as well as success stories and experiences from across Europe will be presented and showcased.

Visit the stand to meet the project partners and join the conversation on sustainable energy after COP21.

14 December 2015


Mayors in Action - webinar series: SEAPs and business planning

The implementation of SEAP actions often requires a long preparatory period. Many aspects have to be taken into consideration, and business plans (BP) can provide a systematic approach. BP is not only about finance, but other aspects like support of citizens and other local stakeholders are important points of attention. What are the good practices available?
These and more questions will be answered during the webinar "SEAPs and business planning", taking place on 14 December at 10:30 am CET.

Programme (available for download here below):

10:30 – 10:45 Welcome and set the scene – Sus Bergmans, Interleuven, Belgium
10:45 – 11:00 Business planning and financing EE in public buildings – Francis Hayen, Belfius Bank, Belgium
11:00 – 11:15 Citizens take part in financing wind mills – Jan Caerels, Electrabel, Belgium
11:15 – 11:25 Green bonds model in the city of Goteborg – Magnus Borelius, City of Gothenburg, Sweden
11:25 – 11:55 Questions & Answers
11:55 – 12:00 Wrap up and upcoming opportunities

To register for the webinar click on the following link:


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