Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

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European Commission

The European Commission is the EU’s politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

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Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

The Covenant of Mayors is the first and most ambitious European Union initiative launched by the European Commission directly targeting local authorities and their citizens to take the lead in the fight against global climate change. Since 2008, the Covenant of Mayors has developed into the leading movement for local authorities ready to step up their ambitions on sustainable energy and climate change.

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Managenergy

ManagEnergy is a European Commission initiative dedicated to regional and local energy agencies with the objectives of assisting them in becoming leaders in the energy transition and of increasing sustainable energy investments in regions and cities.

ManagEnergy provides information, know-how, visibility and networking opportunities and supports local and regional energy agencies in delivering new services or boosting existing ones. The work programme from 2017 to 2020 has a strong focus on sustainable energy investments.

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BuildUP

The BUILD UP web portal is intended to reap the benefits of Europe's collective intelligence on energy reduction in buildings for all relevant audiences. It brings together new practitioners and professional associations while motivating them to exchange best working practices and knowledge and to transfer tools and resources.

The BUILD web portal targets professionals working in the building sector (public or private) with an interest on the latest developments at technical or practice level, policy legislation, financial issues, etc.

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Sustainable energy finance forums

Sustainable Energy Investment Forums (SEI Forums) is an initiative of the European Commission aiming to boost large-scale investment and financing for sustainable energy by working with national stakeholders.

SEI Forums organises events across the EU with the objective to showcase best practices in developing investment projects and programmes in sustainable energy, and engage dialogue with the financial sector, public authorities, and all stakeholders involved in delivering investments in sustainable energy.

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EIP-SCC

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) brings together cities, industry and citizens to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions.

This includes applied innovation, better planning, a more participatory approach, higher energy efficiency, better transport solutions, intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), etc.

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MEDNICE / Interreg-MED horizontal

MEDNICE is an umbrella project on energy efficiency of public buildings in the Mediterranean area. As a so-called "horizontal project", MEDNICE establishes a MED community around 10 projects, dealing with capacity-building and awareness-raising, designing and testing of smart building and financing solutions.

With MEDNICE, the precious expertise in the projects is used to set up training and peer learning mechanisms in order to increase the capacity of public building managers and planners to better design and implement efficiency measures and practices in buildings and neighbourhoods.

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EIP-SCC

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) is a major market changing undertaking supported by the European Commission bringing together cities, industries, SMEs, investors, researchers and other smart city actors to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions.

This includes applied innovation, better planning, a more participatory approach, higher energy efficiency, better transport solutions, intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), etc.

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Sharing Cities

The Sharing cities “lighthouse” programme is a proving ground for a better, common approach to making smart cities a reality. By fostering international collaboration between industry and cities, the project seeks to develop affordable, integrated, commercial-scale smart city solutions with a high market potential.

Sharing Cities offers a framework for citizen engagement and collaboration at local level, thereby strengthening trust between cities and citizens.

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Green Digital Charter

The Green Digital Charter is a declaration committing cities to working together to deliver on the EU climate objectives through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It therefore promotes progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies in cities.

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CIVITAS

CIVITAS is a network of cities for cities dedicated to cleaner, better transport in Europe and beyond. It offers practitioners opportunities to see innovative transport solutions being developed and deployed first-hand, and learn from peers and experts working in the field. CIVITAS nurtures political commitment, new marketable solutions, and offers funding and knowledge exchange with a view to creating growth and better connected, more sustainable transport modes.

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URBACT

URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development. It enables cities to work together to develop solutions to major urban challenges, reaffirming the key role they play in facing increasingly complex societal changes. It also helps cities to develop pragmatic solutions that are new and sustainable, and that integrate economic, social and environmental dimensions.

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Empowering Project

“Empowering local public authorities to build integrated sustainable energy strategies – EMPOWERING” is a project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, which contributes to the shift of six EU regions towards low-carbon society by enhancing the capacities of municipalities and regional representatives to shape integrated energy strategies and plans.

The project contributes to bridge the gap of skills needed to plan energy measures in the new 2030 framework for Climate and Energy Policy in terms of GHG emission reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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Capacity4dev

Capacity4dev is the European Union’s knowledge sharing platform for development cooperation. Capacity4dev aims to improve capacity development through knowledge sharing by:

  • Consolidating knowledge and building an institutional memory.
  • Supporting thematic expertise.
  • Enabling cross-learning among practitioners from EU institutions and other organisations.
  • Consolidating knowledge sharing tools and communities of practice around a common environment.
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MyEuropa

MyEuropa is a meeting place for those working on European Projects, where experienced professionals can offer their services, where the thousands of potential beneficiaries of European Funds can find the right support and resources and where everybody can search for funding opportunities, promote ideas, ongoing and concluded projects, events, news, etc.

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Climate-L and Energy-L mailing lists

The IISD Reporting Services LISTSERVs is a free knowledge-sharing tool managed and moderated by the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services (IISD-RS) which offers users a tool to better publicize and coordinate their efforts through virtual knowledge exchange.

The mailing lists serve as a peer-to-peer service meant to advance understanding of issues related to sustainable development by allowing subscribers to post announcements related to activities with a strong focus on negotiations and policy making.

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Energypedia

Energypedia is a wiki platform for collaborative knowledge exchange on renewable energy, energy access, and energy efficiency topics in developing countries.

Energypedia works towards removing the knowledge barriers and expanding the diffusion of information addressing the topics renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable energy access for all.

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OPTIMUS

OPTIMUS is a package of web-based consulting tools for energy managers and energy consultancies, in order to make cities more energy efficient and sustainable.

The purpose is to optimise the energy use in the city’s buildings (municipal and educational buildings, buildings for entertainment and sports facilities, hotels, etc.), taking into consideration their interaction with energy systems (renewable energy systems, CHP, battery storage, etc.)

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CES-MED

"Cleaner and Energy Saving - Mediterranean Cities" (CES-MED) project is an EU-funded initiative set up to provide training and technical assistance support to Local and National Authorities in the ENPI South region, with a view to help them respond more actively to sustainable policy challenges.

This effort also involves raising the awareness of the local population with regard to local sustainable policies, knowledge-sharing, and building lasting partnerships between Local Authorities in the EU and in the ENPI South region.

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EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

The EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network aims to catalyze partnerships between clean energy stakeholders, both in the GCC and the EU.

The Network is a source of information on clean energy topics, the inclusive platform for stakeholders to meet and debate and the bridge towards cooperation on clean energy, including policy and technology aspects, among various players across the EU and GCC countries.

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TRANSrisk

TRANSrisk is an EU-funded research project studying the risks and uncertainties within low carbon transition pathways, and how transitions can be implemented in ways that are technically, economically and sociably feasible. The project’s objective is to produce a new assessment framework, and an accompanying toolbox, for policy makers.

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SET-Nav

SET-Nav - Navigating the Roadmap for Clean, Secure and Efficient Energy Innovation, started in April 2016 and co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, intends to support strategic decision making in Europe's energy sector, enhancing innovation towards a clean, secure and efficient energy system.

The project produces contributions along three dimensions:

  • The development of a modelling portfolio for decision making in the energy sector;
  • The analysis of the impact of multiple future paths and policies;
  • The development of stakeholder dialogue and dissemination.
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Cities Network "Sustainable City"

The City Network “Sustainable City” is a civil, non-profit organization which intention is to provide substantial technical support in informing, networking and managing the Municipalities that partake in it, enabling them to prepare and submit proposals to European Programmes and utilize the available funding.

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EmBuild

EmBuild supports public authorities in Southeast European countries to prepare a long-term strategy for mobilising investment in the energy efficient renovation of the building stock.

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VNG - The Association of Dutch Municipalities

The VNG supports and promotes the strength and quality of local administrations. The VNG facilitates municipalities with the exchange of knowledge and experience regarding the implementation of national and local policies.

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