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08.08.2018

Roadmap for energy-efficient refurbishment in municipal districts - a planning tool to increase the refurbishment rate in existing buildings

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The research project "2050 Roadmap for energy efficient refurbishment in municipal districtsxx " funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy aims to contribute to the fulfillment of the energy-saving potential of municipal districts and to increase the refurbishment rate in existing buildings.

The B. & S.U. Beratungs- und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH develops the planning tool "Roadmap for energy efficient refurbishment in municipal districts" which will make it easier for local governments to accomplish this task.

Partners of the B. & S.U. mbH are the DV -German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development and the HfT - University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart.

Roadmaps for energy-efficient refurbishment of different districts

The project focusses deliberately on districts with relatively unfavorable starting conditions like a large number of individual heating systems and different owners. Such heterogeneous districts with many individual owners of self-used one- and two-family houses or small scale private sector landlords are particularly common in Germany.

For a climate-neutral development of such typical districts, municipalities can plan and implement targeted activities for the information and mobilization of these target groups by means of a refurbishment roadmap.

With the roadmap, municipalities are provided with a tool to systematically and structurally tackle this complex task through a medium-term action plan and timetable and to effectively pool the already existing activities to promote energy-efficient refurbishment.

The developed strategies are grouped into three types of roadmaps for refurbishment:

• "singular" roadmaps aimed at improving energy efficiency in a district without any other urban development activities,

• "integral" roadmaps that can be optimally implemented in combination with other energy-related measures (e.g. refurbishment of municipal real estate, non-residential buildings and / or energy supply solutions), as well as

• "collaborative" roadmaps, which are suitable for neighborhoods with other social, urban development or planning measures in progress, where a refurbishment roadmap can achieve synergies as a complementary instrument.

In addition to on site implementation of roadmaps, B. & S.U. mbH compiles a manual for municipalities on the procedures for the development of refurbishment roadmaps, from the selection of suitable districts to the involvement of key stakeholders and the differentiated approach of different target groups.

22.08.2017

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Energy positive sewage treatment plants - A sustainable solution for climate protection in municipalities

26 October 2017 in Döbeln

The municipal wastewater in Europe contains an available chemical energy of about 87,500 GWh per year. This corresponds roughly to the capacity of 12 large power plants. Due to the currently used technologies and the associated energy loss in the individual process steps, sewage treatment in Europe instead consumes primary energy of more than two power plants.

The use of the available chemical energy represents a great opportunity for municipalities, wastewater associations and operators of sewage treatment plants to evolve from an energy user to an energy producer and thus, on the one hand, to reduce costs and, on the other hand, provide an important contribution to climate protection and energy transition.

In the framework of the POWERSTEP project, which is funded by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020 programme, new technologies and concepts are being tested in close cooperation between research and industry in order to make the energy content of the sewage water available at existing sewage treatment plants without major investments.

In our event "Energy-positive wastewater treatment plants - A sustainable solution for climate protection in municipalities", these technologies are presented in cooperation with Veolia. Together with the Sächsische Aufbaubank – Förderbank, possible funding solutions will be introduced and in discussion with the audience, the various starting conditions necessary to realise the concept of the energy-positive sewage treatment plant are presented.

Following the event, there will be the opportunity of an exchange with the speakers and other participants as well as to participate in an on-site visit to the sewage treatment plant Westewitz. The Westewitz plant is one of the pilot plants within the POWERSTEP project and it is managed by the Veolia subsidiary OEWA Wasser und Abwasser GmbH the Döbeln-Jahnatal wastewater treatment association.

Turn your sewage treatment plant into a power station and actively contribute to climate protection in your municipality!

Note: This event will be in German. Please see here the programme of the event.

Please register by 20 October 2017. The number of available places is limited.

Please register here

30.05.2017

B.&S.U. Beratungs- und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH celebrated it’s 25th anniversary

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25 years in business - this was celebrated by the team of B.&S.U mbH together with partners, clients and friends. The party took place on the rooftop of B.&S.U.’s office located in the former “Haus des Reisens” at Alexanderplatz.

The afternoon started off with two workshops on energy efficient refurbishment of buildings, funding opportunities for e-mobility, as well as energy-positive sewage disposal facilities. The B.&S.U team presented their current research- and best practice projects, followed by a poster tour showing more current projects to the participants .

The official part of the party was opened by Armand Dütz, founder and managing director of B.&S.U. He gave an overview of the successful history of the company. Started as an entity owned by the state of Berlin it developed to a private business active in the field of energy and climate protection on local, national and European level.

Stefan Tidow, Secretary of State of the Senate for Environment, Climate and Mobility complimented on B.&S.U.’s role as manager of the Berlin Program for Sustainable Development. He emphasized that B.&S.U. accompanied more than 2000 projects very professionally, helping to enhance climate protection in Berlin.

Former environment senator, Volker Hassemer, who was in charge of setting up the company in 1991 highlighted that B.&S.U was and still is of great value for Berlin as well as Europe. The original idea of establishing a private organisation that is supporting public authorities with external expertise is still of great importance to support local and international climate protection.

The final speech was given by Rodoula Tryfonidou, Head of Department in the field of energy research at energy-related research at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. She underlined B.&S.U.s longstanding contribution in transferring scientific research into practical application. A highlight she mentioned was the successful cooperation within the energy strategy for Berlin Adlershof which was funded by her ministry.

The celebrations were concluded with a get together, talks, a BBQ, unplugged Jazz music - and a nice view over the roofs of Berlin.

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Secretary of State Stefan Tidow (Senate for Environment, Climate and Mobility)

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Former environment senator Volker Hassemer

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Secretary of State Stefan Tidow and former environment senator Volker Hassemer

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Dr. Armand Dütz, B.&S.U. mbH, Dr. Rodoula Tryfonidou, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, and Dr. Ulrich Eimer, EPC - Projektberatung und Kommunikation

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Michael Thielke (head oft department - Senate for Environment, Climate and Mobility) and Secretary of State Stefan Tidow

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Michael Thielke (head oft department - Senate for Environment, Climate and Mobility), Stefan Tidow (Secretary of State) and Dr. Armand Dütz, (B.&S.U. mbH)

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From left to right: Ilga Schwidder (B.&S.U. mbH), Dr. Armand Dütz (B.&S.U. mbH), Andrea Skowronek (WFBB), Michael Geißler (Energy Agency Berlin), Lothar Stock(Senate for Environment, Climate and Mobility), and Jenny Dittner(B.&S.U. mbH)

01.03.2017

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Roger Léron Award 2017 – 3rd Edition
Acknowledging a persistent contribution to sustainable energy at the regional and/or local level in Europe

The Roger Léron Award aims to acknowledge impressive contributions to sustainable energy (not a single project) at the regional and / or local level in Europe, by an individual.

Indeed, regional and local levels of governance play a central role in energy and climate issues, through their responsibility for many policy areas (energy, transport, housing,…), their proximity to citizens, their thorough knowledge of the territory, and their greater flexibility than national governments. Their concrete contributions on the ground are adding up to reduce Europe’s dependence on foreign energy, ensure Europe’s security of energy supply, and prevent further impact on our climate.

The Award is named in memory of Roger Léron, a pioneer of regional energy development in Europe and one of the FEDARENE founders who also served as its President for over a decade (1995-2007). Deeply rooted in local and regional development, he had a far-reaching vision for greater European sustainability.

The winner will receive the trophy at a ceremony in Brussels.

For more information and the nomination form for please consult: http://www.fedarene.org/events/roger-leron-award-2017-3rd-edition-17987

06.12.2016

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Apply now for a free energy audit of your wastewater treatment plant as part of the EU project Powerstep!

Energy efficiency, climate protection and increasing the share of renewable energies are important issues in municipal environment protection. Less considered areas of action are also becoming increasingly noticeable as municipalities aim to go beyond already reached targets.

One such area of action is wastewater treatment.

As part of the EU project Powerstep, municipalities have the possibility to apply for a limited number of free energy audits. The audit enables you and your municipality to obtain detailed information on the energy profile of your wastewater treatment plant as well as a complete audit report, including tailor-made recommendations on how to improve energy balance. It also provides information on the application of state-of-the-art technologies as demonstrated in Powerstep.

Currently, wastewater treatment plants are one of the biggest electricity consumers in many municipalities and can be responsible for up to 30% of the municipality’s annual electricity consumption.

Presently the energy required to treat wastewater in the EU (on average 32kWh/inhabitants/year for large wastewater treatment plants) would be the equivalent to the energy generated by two large power plants. That is just under 16,000 GWh annually, corresponding to 1% of the total electricity consumption in the EU. It would be possible to plan and operate wastewater treatment plants in such a way that they do not consume any electricity, but instead feed renewable energy into the electricity grid. If 175kWh/inhabitants/year would be the theoretical energy potential of the organic material in wastewater, this would correspond to a total energy potential of about 87,500 GWh per year in the EU25 + 3.

Today, most wastewater treatment plants could theoretically operate just by using the self-produced energy, in other words be energy neutral.

This is where POWERSTEP begins its work. Through the efficient combination of existing and innovative technologies, together with the integration of new concepts, an "energy-positive" wastewater treatment plant shall be built, which is both economically competitive and climate friendly. Fifteen European partners are currently pursuing this goal, (from industry to wastewater treatment plants and science) as part of the three-year project. With a total budget of € 5.2 million funded by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020 program, Powerstep is coordinated by the Berlin Centre of Competence for Water (KWB) and consists of partners from seven countries.

Application documents can be found here:

http://www.powerstep.eu/energy-audit

For more information, please contact:

Thekla Heinel

theinel@bsu-berlin.de


01.06.2016

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Register Now! E-Mobility Works project Final conference in the framework of the European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels

The event draws conclusions from the E-Mobility Works project, which developed municipal e-mobility action plans. These plans included close cooperation between the municipality, businesses and stakeholders in their delivery and construction.

Stakeholders involved in the elaboration of the plans included energy supply companies, car-sharing providers, charging station providers, housing companies, etc. Included in the plans were cost-benefit analyses of different vehicles, the use of subsidies, test events for decision-makers and fleet managers, internal procurement rules for vehicles and energy supply as well as information days for employees and the general public.

The Conference is part of the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week. The conference will:

• Outline the key results from the project

• Describe the electromobility policy of the EU Institutions

• Look at the future of electromobility in cities

By taking part in the conference, you will learn about how municipalities can work closely with local stakeholders to deliver sustainable transport solutions and support climate protection strategies.

The conference is free of charge and will be followed by a small buffet reception.

We look forward to seeing you in Brussels!

REGISTER NOW: E-MOBILITY WORKS FINAL CONFERENCE

Venue: Conference Centre Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Brussels Office

Date, From: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | Starting at 14:00

To: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | Ending at 17:30

Location: Avenue d'Auderghem 22-28, B1040 Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Download attachments:

Agenda - E-Mobility Works Final Conference (updated 30/05/2016) (Downloads: 40 / 475 KB)


03.02.2016

With new perspectives

we look out over Alexanderplatz. From Mid-February we’ll move into the 12th floor of the Haus des Reisens (House of Travel).

Our new historical significant location combines a breathtaking view with excellent traffic connections.

From 15.02.2015 you can find us in Haus des Reisens, Alexanderstraße 7, 10178 Berlin.  


01.10.2015

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save@work secures EU funding from Horizon 2020

In Berlin, a new Horizon 2020 project will be launched with a kick-off event on November 5th. With the project save@work, the B.&S.U. mbH has managed to secure funding from the EU programme and coordinates a consortium comprised of nine partner countries.

Launched in 2014 as the flagship EU research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020 has a budget of almost €80 Billion to support the transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy system in the EU.

save@work is an energy saving competition aimed at promoting a sustainable energy usage among workers in public offices. In 180 public buildings in nine countries, employees will attempt to achieve the highest heating and electricity savings by switching to more sustainable energy consumption.

At the kick-off event in Berlin, Christian Gaebler, the Berlin state secretary for transport and environment, and Sven Lemiss, the director of the real-estate firm BIM Berliner Immobilienmanagement GmbH, will welcome representatives from 20 public buildings. At the event they will emphasise the importance of climate protection activities in the public administration in order to achieve Berlin’s target of becoming a climate neutral city by 2050.


23.03.2015

The Roger Léron AWARD is launched!

Purpose: acknowledge persistency and a proactive approach, bringing a successful contribution to sustainable energy at the regional and / or local level in Europe.

Indeed, we believe that the regional and local levels of governance play a central role in energy and climate issues, through their responsibility for many policy areas (energy, transport, housing,…), their proximity to citizens, their thorough knowledge of the territory, and their greater flexibility than national governments.

The winner (an individual or an organisation) will receive the trophy during a ceremony on 16th June in Brussels.

The Award is named in memory of Roger Léron who was president of FEDARENE from 1990 to 2007 and a great contributor to the regional and local sustainable energy field throughout his life.

FEDARENE and the Award Jury look forward to your nominations!

Nominate an individual or organisation by 15th April on www.fedarene.org 


23.02.2015

Technology Tour Adlershof – Storage solutions for the energy turnaround

The B.&S.U. Beratungs- und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH supports the WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH (a holding company of the Land of Berlin and operating company of the Adlershof Science and Technology Park) in implementing the “Energy Strategy Berlin Adlershof 2020”. The project begun in the fall of the year 2013 and is funded by the research initiative “Energieeffiziente Stadt” (Energy Efficient City) of the Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). The aim is to use innovative measures to reduce the primary energy demand in Adlershof by 30% until the year 2020 compared to the trend projection.

The B.&S.U. Beratungs- und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH is foremost responsible to set up information and discussion forums and platforms to exchanging experience regarding energy efficiency and to communicate research results.

In doing so B.&S.U. Beratungs- und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH supported the WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH in developing and organising the first technology tour on January 5th 2015 about storage solutions and also moderated the event.

The technology tour presented innovative storage technologies with contributions of the TU Berlin, Younicos AG and BTB Blockheizkraftwerks-Träger- und Betreibergesellschaft mbH Berlin. The focus was among other things on the role of battery storages for the development of renewable energy as well as on the possibility of using heat storage systems as a means of storing electricity. After the presentations the participants visited the Younicos AG technology center and BTB´s heating power plant in Adlershof.

The technology tours will be offered on a regular basis up to the year 2016 and will present latest and innovative approaches developed in Adlershof, Berlin´s most important Science and Technology Park.

For further information regarding “Energy Strategy Berlin Adlershof 2020” please visit:

http://www.adlershof.de/wista-management-gmbh/strategische-projekte/energieeffizienz/ueberblick/

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24.09.2014

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Kick-Off event of the project „Emobility Works“ in the city of Iserlohn

„Quiet and climate-friendly“, this is the future of the mobility in the city of Iserlohn according to its mayor Dr. Paul Ahrens. During the Kick-Off meeting of the project „Emobility Works“, coordinated by the B.&S.U. Beratungs- und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH and implemented together with the city of Iserlohn, more than 70 participants discussed this vision and exchanged views on opportunities and challenges of electro mobility.

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Besides strategies by the federal government which the NOW GmbH informed about, the NRW.Bank and the Energy Agency of North Rhine-Westphalia presented financing and funding opportunities, the state of affairs regarding electro mobility in North Rhine-Westphalia as well as last examples of its implementation in municipalities. Also an expert from the city of Düsseldorf showed a project example regarding business models in the municipal sector –the project  E-Carflex Business – and the company Tesla presented latest vehicles and charging devices.

The project „Emobility Works“, which is conducted simultaneously in nine European countries, is helping municipalities by the introduction of electro mobility and by finding solutions regarding acceptance, procurement, funding and infrastructure together with local actors and stakeholders. The city of Iserlohn is one of three participating German municipalities. The objective is that these municipalities develop action plans until the end of the project in 2017, which will be implemented after that.

In her presentation Thekla Heinel from the B.&S.U. mbH highlighted the opportunities for municipalities through the increased use and promotion of electro mobility. Not only will local CO2 emissions be reduced but also levels of particulate matter and noise emissions. Further advantages are the introduction of sustainable urban traffic solutions and increased capacities for renewable energy sources. All these developments increase the quality of life envisaged by mayor Dr. Ahrens in his vision of his quiet and climate-friendly home town.

During the Kick-Off event various companies including car dealers and bicycle dealers from Iserlohn, a manufacturer of disposal trucks and the utility company Iserlohn also presented what is already possible in the area of electro mobility. They invited the participants to test drives in electric vehicles of the luxury segment, sports cars, small and medium sized cars, pedelecs and even disposal trucks.

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The utility company Iserlohn further informs about the topic on its website www.e-iserlohn.de which should advance the topic further.

„Emobility Works“is funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe program of the European Union.

 


 17.07.2014

Covenant of Mayors extends its network

In addition to the actors so far the network of the Covenant of Mayors will also include local and regional energy agencies as well as scientific institutions in the future.

The kick-off of the extension of the Covenant of Mayor´s network was celebrated on June 25th during a signing ceremony at the annual ManagEnergy conference. The ceremony was chaired by Adam Szolyak of the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission. 34 agencies from 13 European member states committed themselves to support municipalities in their countries in developing and implementing sustainable energy action plans. In his opening speech Adam Szolyak emphasized the participation of the energy agencies as an acknowledgement of their long-term contributions during their work in the past.

We, the B.&S.U. Beratungs- und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH, belong to the group of signatories and underline our longtime commitment for local climate protection. Within many European and regional projects and within the European Energy Award the support of municipalities and public institutions in an efficient, economical and sustainable use of resources is one of our core objectives. For example as coordinator of the project Come2CoM we supported many municipalities in developing and realizing sustainable energy action plans. We want to pass on this knowledge to further municipalities and to contribute to the further advancement of the Covenant of Mayors.

Additional information to the extended network and to the Covenant of Mayors is accessible here:

http://www.covenantofmayors.eu/news_en.html?id_news=581

 

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(Adam Szolyak of the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission presents the document of accession of B.&S.U. mbH)                                                                                                                                          

 


25.04.2014

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New project launched in the field of electro mobility

EMOBILITY WORKS - a project funded by the „Intelligent Energy Europe program of the European Union" - was launched this spring. Together with the Berlin Agency for Electromobility (eMO) B.&S.U. mbH works toward the promotion of electro mobility in municipalities and companies. Networks of municipalities and companies established within the project will develop individual approaches to incorporate electro mobility in their respective operating field based on the available resources and the actual feasibilities. Municipalities - supported by the twelve project partners from nine EU member states - will compile action plans for tailor-made activities regarding the integration of electromobility with a long lasting impact beyond the project term. During the project the partners will support at least 27 cities and more than 100 companies in their efforts to promote and include electro mobility as an integral part in their operations and structures. 

 


10.02.2014

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Metropolis Cologne joins eea!

With Cologne the first municipality in Europe with more than one million inhabitants joins the European Energy Award. Now more than 23 million citizens in Germany - over a quarter of the total population - live in an eea-community. The majority of the eea-communities is located in North Rhine-Westphalia (111), closely followed by Baden-Wuerttemberg (93), Saxony (45) and Bavaria (17).

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On the eea-website you can find a map representing the location of the different eea-communities as well as their spatial distribution in Germany.

Since 2012 all eea-communities work online with the eea Management Tool which allows collection and handling of data and simplifies the data exchange between consultants and auditors on national and international level. In addition the communities can use various features to steer the process effectively such as tools for the calculation of indicators or for the planning and design of projects for climate protection within the mandatory energy-related work programme.


08.10.2013

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Funding for the participation in the European Energy Award (eea) in Saxony-Anhalt and Bavaria

The federal states Saxony-Anhalt and Bavaria offer a funding for the implementation of the European Energy Award to municipalities who want to increase their efforts in the energy and climate policy.

The funding in Saxony-Anhalt is available since September 2013 and covers up to 80% of the eligible costs for the introduction of the European Energy Award (program costs as well as fees for consultants and auditors) for communities, cities and districts in case of an application until end of 2013 („Richtlinie zur Förderung von Maßnahmen des Klimaschutzes und der erneuerbaren Energien"). Minimum of the eligible costs is 10.000 €.

More information is available here. Mandatory information as well as an explanatory leaflet regarding the application for the funding is available on the website of the Investment bank of Saxony-Anhalt.

Bavaria accepts applications for the European Energy Award within the framework of its CO2-Reduction Program. 

For that a renewed and amended version of the funding guideline exists since August 1, 2013, which explicitly includes the participation in quality management and certification processes in the area of the communal energy management. Therefore the participation in the European Energy Award can be funded within this program by as far as up to 50%.

The funding can be applied for until the end of 2016. Minimum of the eligible costs is 5.000 €, the maximum limit is 30.000 €.

More information regarding this funding is available here. Mandatory and legally binding information are available on the website of the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection.

 


25.07.2013

Handbook for energy efficiency

One of the central energy policy objectives of the European Union is the increase of energy efficiency. Within the Interreg IVC project "EnercitEE" five partners from Saxony, Småland, Emilia-Romagna, Haute-Savoie and Lower Silesia have developed important new approaches to achieve this goal on a regional level and encourage other European regions to imitate them.

Which energy efficiency policies have been implemented in the different European regions? How can citizens and municipalities get involved in projects? Which projects and instruments on energy efficiency have already been successfully realized in municipalities, schools, buildings or the transportation sector?

The English handbook "Improving energy efficiency – contributions from five European regions", which was developed and lead-managed by B.&S.U. mbH,  provides answers to these questions and further suggestions from all five regions.

The German version has a special focus on projects with Saxon participation. It has been published by the Saxon State Ministry for the Environment and Agriculture under the heading "Saxony meets Europe – Innovative results for more energy efficiency in municipalities and among citizens".

For more information and materials about the single projects and the exchanges of experience please visit www.enercitee.eu.

For any further questions, please contact

Thekla Heinel

theinel@bsu-berlin.de

phone: 030-3904266


24.07.2013

10.07.2013: eea-municipalities are more successful in climate protection

Saving energy, reducing CO2, increasing the share of renewable energies and the related communal added value – these are all central topics of communal energy and climate protection policy. A recently submitted evaluation of the European Energy Award (eea) in North Rhine-Westphalia revealed that using the eea in municipalities has lead to significant outcomes especially in the fields mentioned above.

The study proves that the eea-municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia have achieved twice the energy savings and a 40% higher reduction of CO2-emissions between the years 2000 and 2009 than the average of North Rhine-Westphalian municipalities. This positive trend of increasing energy savings and reducing CO2-emissions can especially be seen regarding the long-term participating and certified eea-municipalities since 2006.

Additionally, eea-municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia have in average installed the double capacity for producing electricity from renewable energies since 2000 in comparison to the national average. The participation in the eea faciliated an additional installation of new photovoltaic and wind energy plants beyond the national trend. Thus, the eea enabled a municipal added value of 58,7 million Euros and saved about 92 jobs in North Rhine-Westphalian eea-municipalities. Furthermore, in the field of municipal buildings and facilities, the eea-municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia were able to reduce their total final energy consumption in average by 10.6 kWh per inhabitant and year. This complies with 3.1 % of the final energy consumption in the referring base year and equates 0,60 € of energy costs per inhabitant. Looking at all eea-municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia, there was an annual saving of the final energy in the field of municipal buildings and facilities of 109.050 MWh or 6,122 Mio. .

These results prove that the European Energy Award, as an accredited quality management and certifying system for municipal and regional energy and climate protection policy, is a strong and efficient instrument to achieve energy and climate change policy targets and show that participating is always worth for municipalities in any way.

For further information about the European Energy Award and the evaluation of the eea programme in North Rhine-Westphalia, please visit here 

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