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Energy Efficiency


The NALAS Task Force on Energy Efficiency addresses the increasing issues with energy in South East Europe. As energy efficiency is an interdisciplinary field, this task brings together energy experts, municipal energy managers, mayors and other professionals who contribute together in mitigating the energy problems by proposing changes in the legislation, collecting best practices, encouraging better use of the available energy and employing renewable sources of energy.

Latest Task Forces

  • Living Free and Easy 28.10.2008

    Hundreds of homeowners in California never worry about paying their electric bills on time. It's not because they are careless; it's because they live in new "zero-energy" homes that produce as much electricity as they consume. Zero-energy homes reduce energy demand by up to 70 percent using the latest energy-efficiency technologies, and generate all the electricity they need from photovoltaic solar panels. The term zero-energy home was coined by the Department of Energy (USA) as part of a program to create technologies for homes that would produce all of their own energy by 2010.

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  • Municipal Network for Energy Efficiency 17.10.2008

    The Municipal Network for Energy Efficiency (MUNEE) is a program in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States since 2001. MUNEE targets city officials, utilities and housing associations, as well as national level policy makers, compiling and disseminating energy efficiency information in local languages. The program has helped municipalities in 17 countries implement cost effective energy-efficiency measures that provide better heating in homes, schools, hospitals and municipal buildings, and that improve efficiency of municipal water supply systems.

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  • Electricity calculator 01.10.2008

    ecalcuk The electricity calculator is a tool published by BBC (UK) which gives an opportunity to choose how you would like the UK’s electricity to be generated in 2020. The calculator works out the possible impact in terms of carbon emissions, whether you managed to keep the lights on and how it will affect people’s annual bills.

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  • Energy Efficiency Task Force Meeting in Geneva, 21-22 September 2008 21.09.2008

    eegeneva NALAS gathered energy experts, municipal officials and university professors in Geneva to discuss energy challenges and plan for activities in response to some of those challenges. The meeting took place on the 20th and 21st of September 2008 and extended a visit to the United Nations office in Geneva to meet with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The energy challenges in the South-East Europe are not much different than in the rest of Europe. However, South-East Europe also suffers from severe economic and environmental problems caused by the inefficient and polluting energy systems in place.

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  • Energy Efficiency 21 project 11.06.2008

    EE21 he Energy Efficiency 21 project is a region-wide project to enhance trade and co-operation in energy efficient, environmentally-sound techniques and management practices in order to help close the energy efficiency gap between actual practice and best technologies, and between ECE countries, in particular market developed countries and economies in transition. The Project supports the efforts of Central and Eastern Europe and CIS countries to enhance their energy efficiency and security to ease the energy supply constraints of economic transition. EE 21 assists these countries in meeting international environmental treaty obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE).

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  • Regional Network for Efficient Use of Energy and Water Resources for South-Eastern Europe 02.06.2008

    reneur The Regional Network for Efficient Use of Energy and Water Resources for South-eastern Europe (RENEUER) is an informal network, which was established by the initiative of representatives of central and local authorities, NGOs and companies of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia and Montenegro. The goal of this network is to achieve the efficient use of energy and water resources in South-East Europe. The objective of the network is to promote the creation of favorable investment climate and market conditions for implementation of projects for energy and water efficiency improvement in support of the efforts of the Southeast European countries.

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  • What You Need to Know About Energy 12.05.2008

    energybooklet-2 The Board on Energy and Environmental Systems of the National Research Council recently published a 32-page booklet entitled What You Need to Know About Energy. Geared to a general audience, the booklet is the first in what will be a series of informational booklets designed to engage readers in current topics in science, engineering, and medicine. The series is part of the National Academies’ Communications Initiative.

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  • Towards Europe’s sustainable energy future... Local authorities are ready to act! 07.05.2008

    BIL_0011 Almost 200 experts, energy managers, mayors and local government employees gathered in Cork early April to discuss serious challenges on our small planet - greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and use of renewables in overall EU energy consumption. This was the 13th annual Rendezvous organized by Energie-Cites, the association of European local authorities for the promotion of local sustainable energy policies, and the Cork County Council. In addition to the conference, a final conference of BELIEF and a BISE coordinators meeting also took place to present on-going activities and develop new energy projects.

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  • Local Renewables Initiative 06.05.2008

    LocalRenewablesInitieative With the LocalRenewables Initiative, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability supports and strengthens local governments which promote the generation and supply of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the urban environment. The focus is on the roles and responsibilities of local governments as the driving force for innovation and investment in their communities.

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  • Eco-buildings Conference : how buildings can reduce energy consumption? 07.04.2008

    qqqq How do Eco-buildings contribute to reduce energy consumption? This will be one of the main themes of the second symposium of Eco-buildings Projects, organized by the European Commission together with the city of Stuttgart, on 7-8 April, in Stuttgart. The conference will offer various presentations dealing with the lessons learned from the Eco-buildings projects. Speakers will include the mayor of Stuttgart and vice president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions Wolfgang Schuster; representatives from The European Commission and Parliament; as well as experts in the field of sustainable architecture. The building sector is at present responsible for more than 40% of EU energy consumption declares Mayor of Stuttgart Wolfgang Schuster. There are technologies under development, which could substantially improve the energy performance in buildings. This is what Eco-buildings projects want to show.

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