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.
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“Small and medium sized communities are called on to vigorously engage in climate protection, and build on Local Renewables best practice. It is time for radical change.” This is the main message from the European Climate Conference “Climate protection and Renewable Energy: Medium and Small Communities facing the challenge” held in Rovigo, Italy during 2 - 4 April 2008. The NALAS Task Force on Energy Efficiency was represented at the conference by Ms Ada Ilia from the Association of Albanian Municipalities and Mr Sazan Ibrahimi from the Association of Kosovo Municipalities.
The European Display® Campaign is a voluntary scheme designed by energy experts from 20 European towns and cities. It is aimed at encouraging local authorities to publicly display the energy and environmental performances of their public buildings using the same energy label that is used for household appliances. The idea is to engage citizens and make them more conscious of their energy consumption in order to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and achieve financial savings.
The Energy Community is a process that aims to extend the EU internal energy market to the South East Europe region. For this purpose the TREATY ESTABLISHING THE ENERGY COMMUNITY was signed on the 25th of October in Athens. The task of the Energy Community is to organize the relations between the Parties and create a legal and economic framework in relation to Network Energy. The main goals are to create a stable and regulatory market framework capable of attracting investment; to create a single regulatory space for trade; to enhance security of supply; to improve the environmental situation and to develop electricity and gas market competition on a broader geographical scale. The main institutions established or being established to oversee the process are the Ministerial Council, the Permanent High Level Group, the Regulatory Board, the Fora, and the Secretariat. Donors play also an important role given the considerable investment needed in the region.