The Mediterranean area has great renewable energy potential and lower energy efficiency levels than other European regions. In the period 2007 – 2013, the MED Programme has actively addressed these concerns throughout the activities developed by 28 transnational cooperation projects operating in 13 countries. Mediterranean regions and cities have been developing capacities to increase use of renewable energy and tackle the energy efficiency challenge through innovative and sustainable solutions, boosting new economic opportunities.
The workshop “Innovation for renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions in Mediterranean regions and cities”, organized in the framework of the European Sustainable Energy Week 2015, wants to give a complete and accurate overview of what has been done in terms of implementation of technical solutions and harmonization of standards, with a look on future steps. It will be the occasion to illustrate the main results obtained by several energy topic related projects financed with European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), under the framework of the EU Mediterranean programme.
A substantial part of these projects supported Mediterranean SMEs active in the Renewable energy and Energy efficiency fields and acknowledged them as key actors in the process of fostering the low carbon strategy with a bottom up approach.
The results produced by the MED projects (including E2STORMED) so far integrate elements such as tools for energy performance, creation of platforms and clusters, good practices identification and transfer, pilot activities and monitoring, training materials production, engagement of civil society throughout PPPs, among others.
Last but not least, the workshop will be the right place to discuss about future funding opportunities to invest in RES technologies, energy efficiency and sustainable transport, contributing to achieve a more resource efficient Europe.
The workshop will take place Thursday June 18th at Espai Catalunya Europa (Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the EU) in Bruxelles, Rue de la Loi 227. More information about the event (and the possibility to register) there!