Through fun to good energy!

Another, already 6th edition of the Beskids Festival of Good Energy took place in an atmosphere of joy and fun at the Słowacki Park in Bielsko-Biała. The fun included experiments, dancing, releasing balloons and solving energy-related puzzles. If you stayed home afraid of the weather you missed out!


Micro-grants for innovative energy projects awarded

Lublin, Bielsko-Biała, Bydgoszcz, Rumia, Płońsk, Pałecznica, Raciechowice, Sztum, Sopot and Milanówek these 10 municipalities are the winners of the contest for the best and most innovative projects in the area of energy efficiency and RES use. Each of them will receive 50 000 PLN for the preparation of necessary analyses and documentation, as well as will be supported in establishing cooperation with Norwegian partners, who will help them in implementation of their projects.

The winners were announced during the conference, which took place on the 13th of June in Poznań. Organisation of the contest supporting transfer of Norwegian know-how to Polish municipalities was one of the main objectives of our Polish-Norwegian project. In total 20 different project were submitted for the competition by 19 Polish local authorities. All of them successfully passed through the formal assessment and the 1st stage of the content assessment, which was performed by experts in the area of energy.


Local energy forums in Słupsk and Sztum

Mobilization of citizens around common energy goals is very important for the successful implementation of local energy-related initiatives, including the development, implementation and monitoring of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP). Municipalities of Słupsk and Sztum (Pomeranian voivodeship) are well aware of this, therefore they decided to organise local energy forums and invite representatives of different groups of local stakeholders to a common discussion on their SEAPs.


Let’s learn from each other – exemplary actions included in Polish SEAPs and LCEPs

logo convenant of mayors webinarThe next webinar on Low carbon economy plans and Sustainable Energy Action Plans on 22nd of July, 10.00-11.00 gathered an audience of 39 representatives of LAs and energy agencies interested in SEAP actions in various sectors such as municipal buildings, public lighting, transport and households. They can inspire cities and municipalities developing at present their LCEPs – strategic documents setting the directions in the field of investment and non-investment activities for the period 2014-2020.


LCEPs and SEAPs – get engaged in local sustainable energy action!

logo convenant of mayors webinar27 representatives of cities and municipalities participated in the webinar on  Low Carbon Economy Plans (LCEPs) and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) on the 8th of July at 9.30-10.30.

There are some 700 low carbon economy plans being developed by over 900 municipalities in Poland, while 31 Polish municipalities have developed a Sustainable Energy Action Plan in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors. What are the differences and synergies of these plans? This webinar aimed to provide practical guidance for municipalities involved in the concrete process, expectations and benefits, key success factors in setting their territories on a more sustainable path.


EURONET 50/50 MAX celebration in Dąbrowa Górnicza

More than 200 students and almost 30 teachers participated in EURONET 50/50 MAX celebration in Dąbrowa Górnicza on 29th of May 2015. The event took place in the city park and was joint with Days of Dąbrowa Górnicza City.

The event was officially opened by Deputy Mayor Henryk Zaguła and Marek Mrówka from Municipality of Dąbrowa Górnicza who emphasized the role of energy teams from 28 schools from Dąbrowa Górnicza which have saved almost 500 000 PLN.


50000&1 SEAPs - meeting with municipalities, Serock 22.05.2015

Representatives of 5 Polish municipalities (Słupsk, Sztum, Pilzno, Grybów, Żyraków) met together to discuss about project 50000&1 SEAPs future implementation. The meeting allowed to present project’s expectations especially in terms of sustainable energy action plans integrated with energy management system (according to ISO 50001). Rules, timeframes, expected results and communication aspects were presented by organizers (PNEC). It was also a possibility to have some guidance from Dzierżoniów - the first municipality in Poland which is implementing SEAP and ISO 50001.


2nd EU roundtable discussions

s1Following the very successful 1st European Roundtable on energy data sharing, organized under the framework of the MESHARTILITY project in May 2013, the 2nd European Roundtable took place on the 10th of March 2015 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. 21 participants: technical experts from energy utilities, associations of municipalities and Supporting Structures from 12 European countries engaged in the project, as well as representatives of such EC institutions as DG ENER, JRC and the Covenant of Mayors Office concluded the discussion on the possible ways of improving cooperation between LAs and energy utilities.


Green roofs and walls in Low-Emission Economy Programmes

frontOver 300 people participated in the seminars entitled “Installation of green roofs and living walls as an innovative action that can be included in local Low-Emission Economy Programmes”, which were organized by our Association this February in four Polish municipalities -  Białystok, Częstochowa, Lublin and Słupsk.

The seminars concerned environmental, technical and practical aspects of the establishment and development of gardens on roofs and walls of the buildings in Poland, as well as the possibility of including such investments in the local energy planning process. The speakers also discussed in details main elements of the Low-Emission Economy Programmes (LEEP) developed by local authorities – sectors and areas of intervention that should be included in the plan (e.g. municipal buildings & facilities, public transport, PV installations, trainings & education) and the process of the development of the Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI), which is a starting point for the LEEP. 


RENERGY Project Hosts Final Conference in Brussels

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After almost three years of working together in developing more efficient energy policies and strategies at the local and regional level, the RENERGY project partners assembled, along with politicians and key local players, for the Final Conference in Brussels on 15th October 2014.

The overall aim of RENERGY is to improve the effectiveness of the strategies for the sustainable development of local communities, demonstrating the importance of an integrated bottom-up approach to take local community needs, demands, cultural and infrastructural characteristics into account, empowering local authorities and providing them advanced decision support tools for the implementation of sustainable development policies.