International Final Conference of VIS NOVA

Press release: International Final Conference of VIS NOVA, Crailsheim 19 November 2014


Seminar on citizen-owned renewable energy projects for Poland and the Carpathian area

On the 18th of October in Cracow Seminar on citizen-owned renewable energy projects for Poland and the Carpathian area was organized by REScoop with cooperation with The Association of Municipalities Polish Network „Energie Cités” and The Krakow Institute for Sustainable Energy. More than 70 persons participated in this event.


Local authorities for the energy security in Europe

During the Energy Security Conference that took place on 9 October in Brussels the Commission reiterated its support to cities committed to the Covenant of Mayors movement. High level representatives from EU institutions, including Vice President of the European Commission Günther Oettinger, President of the Committee of the Regions Michel Lebrun and Chair of the European Parliament ITRE Committee Jerzy Buzek all joined to praise the Covenant of Mayors success, which has helped translate the 2020 EU climate and energy targets into local action across Europe. Answering positively a special invitation from Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy in the conference participated also Zbigniew Michniowski, President of the Board of the Association of Municipalities Polish Network "Energie Cités" and the Deputy Mayor of Bielsko-Biala city as well as Leszek Drogosz, a director of the Infrastructure Department of the City of Warsaw and a deputy President of the Board of the Polish Network “Energie-Cités”.


2nd workshop of the EURONET 50/50 MAX project devoted to the issue of energy saving at schools

On the 7th of October 2014 our Association organised in Cracow 2nd national workshop of the EURONET 50/50 MAX project, which was devoted to the practical aspects of energy saving and implementation of the innovative 50/50 methodology in schools and non-school public buildings. The workshop was addressed to the representatives of Polish municipalities and schools (both teachers and caretakers) involved in the project, as well as other people interested in the 50/50 concept. In total over 150 persons took part in the event.

The aim of the EURONET 50/50 MAX project is to mobilize energy savings in public buildings through the implementation of 50/50 methodology in 500 schools and nearly 50 other public buildings from 13 EU countries. The 9-step methodology increases energy awareness of the building users and actively involves them in energy-saving actions. Achieved financial benefits are equally shared between the building users and the local authority which covers the energy bills. Our Association is responsible for implementation of the project in Poland.


1st Mayors in Action national training session in Białystok, Poland

Over 100 people participated on 4th Sept. in the Mayors in Action national training session devoted to the role of local governments in the supporting the low-emission economy and sustainable energy. The meeting was organized at the registered office of the Podlasie Voivodeship Marshal's Office in Bialystok by MO and the Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités” (PNEC).

Emphasizing the crucial role of local governments in promoting low-carbon economy in the regions the representatives of the Ministry of Economy, the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management and Polish Network "Energie Cités" explained the representatives of the local authorities how to develop and implement “Sustainable Energy Action Plans” (SEAPs).


RENERGY Meets in Rome

logo RenergyRenewable energy experts from across Europe gathered in Rome, Italy for the 5th Thematic Group and Steering Group Meeting of the RENERGY project on 26-27th June. 

The RENERGY project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is designed to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency on a regional level across Europe.


Intelligent Energy Day in Częstochowa, Poland

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Many residents of Częstochowa – the city actively involved in the MESHARTILITY project - and students of primary and secondary schools could find out  how much they know about green energy and their impact on the climate during Intelligent Energy Day organized on the 9th of June on Biegański Square.  

The Office of the Municipal Engineer, together with the the  Association of Polish Scouting Region  Silesia and Fortum Power & Heat Poland, has prepared a number of competitions for preschoolers, students and senior citizens. The youngest inhabitants of Częstochowa willingly created works of art, which common theme was ecology. A lot of fun brought them the game of keeping the colorful balls on the scarf. While playing the Wheel of Fortune participants answered questions about the waste segregation, renewable energy sources and methods of saving energy. Winners received awards, among others ecological bags, pens, lanyards and games related to environmental protection.


Local energy planning

Uczestnicy spotkania On the 24th of June meeting about Local energy planning was held in City Hall of Jasło.

26 people participated in the meeting: representatives of municipalities (Jasło, Brzysko, Kołaczyce, Dębowiec, Skołyszyn), non-governmental organizations (The Association of Municipalities Polish Network „Energie Cités” (PNEC), Związek Gmin Dorzecza Wisłoki) as well as private companies. Andrzej Czernecki, Major of Jaslo, officially launched the meeting and was speaking about development of energy efficiency, energy planning and management and their important role for municipality.


2nd Polish Round Table on Energy Data Sharing

IMG 6466Nearly 40 people – representatives of Polish local authorities, energy companies and institutions operating on the energy market – took part in a debate organized in the framework of the 2nd Polish Round Table on Energy Data Sharing, which was held by PNEC on the 2nd of June 2014 in Cracow. During the debate the participants discussed current situation regarding cooperation and energy data sharing between energy utilities and municipalities, as well as ways of improving this cooperation in future in order to ensure sustainable energy development on the local level. The meeting was organized within the international project entitled MESHARTILITY, implemented by PNEC in the period 2012-2015.


European dimension of local energy planning

Zdjecie do zaproszeniaThe expert public conference European dimension of local energy planning was held on the 3rd of June in Cracow. It was organized due to VIS NOVA project implemented by Central Europe Programme co- financed by European Regional Development Fund. Interesting and complex agenda gathered representatives of municipalities, universities and research institutions as well as project partners from four European countries: Austria, Hungary, Poland and Germany. Conference was divided into two parts: Perspective of low carbon economy financing and Expertise of Local Energy Efficiency Plans.