The SAVE AGE project is the first European initiative, addressing energy efficiency issues in nursing homes as an important potential for decreasing energy consumption and costs.Besides technical improvements and changes in behaviour it is also important to raise awareness and enhance the employees’ knowledge of energy related facts. Analyses in 100 care homes in 10 European countries resulted in recommendations for residents, managers, and employees in nursing homes, showing them how to improve the comfort of the elderly while saving energy and reducing operational costs.
Improving the energy sustainability is one of the most pressing challenges facing Europe's society today. Nearly 14% of the EU population is over the age of 65 and this figure is expected to double by 2050. By then, we will have 80 million older Europeans who will continue to play an active role in our society, despite limitations which the ageing process often brings. As many as 1.5 million of people lives in more than 24,000 residential and care homes in Europe, making them an important society and organizational group. The SAVE AGE project builds upon analysis of the current situation, searching for technical, behavioural, knowledge and financial obstacles towards energy efficiency in residential and care homes for the elderly.
Project uses the established E.D.E. network - members in E.D.E. are represented in 18 European countries and 23 national associations – and other communicational means to convince home managers to implement energy efficiency strategy and action plan with the aim to stimulate investment and no or low-costs measures leading to energy savings. A set of training activities will be developed at national level and some pilot residential homes will be established to test the various action plans. All these actions are supported with communication activities aiming at raising awareness in order to change behaviour of homes staff and residents to become more energy efficient.
Project activities will be implemented by 13 EU partners across 10 EU members’ states, but dissemination activities will go much broader to reach up to 24.000 RCHEPs by using the E.D.E. network in 18 European countries and 23 national associations joined under the E.D.E. initiative and E.D.E.'s connections to other associations and institutions.
European cities are facing major barriers to implement sustainable energy measures, aimed in particular at an efficient freight distribution and transport management. Even where there is a strong commitment to improve efficiency levels, cities often lack the needed information, supportive national level policies, access to financing, etc.
There is considerable consensus that improving the energy efficiency of passenger/goods transport is a key challenge in moving towards a more sustainable energy future. But meeting such a challenge requires an evidence-based approach.
C-LIEGE overall objective is to define a shared policies and measures for an energy-efficient urban freight transport (UFT) demand management and planning through a cooperative approach between public and private stakeholders addressed to the reduction of energetic and environmental impacts of freight transport in EU cities and regions. In order to reach this objective, C-LIEGE will promote energy efficient and cleaner freight movements in urban areas and define a novel set of integrated solutions and “push-and-pull” demand-oriented measures. C-LIEGE is conceived as a leading initiative to support energy efficiency in urban freight transport and to promote use of renewable energies sources when delivering goods. C-LIEGE will develop, test and transfer successful soft measures and tools to achieve energy saving and reduction of CO2 emissions. The European relevance of the C-LIEGE approach is ensured through pilot experiments in 6 EU countries: Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, UK, Germany and Malta. The project will target decision makers and professionals in administrations as well as the freight mobility supply industry.
C-LIEGE topics will be explored in the light of the need for integrated solutions, which pull the policy measures together and help reducing the obstacles to achieve more effective, energy-saving and sustainable urban freight transport and logistics practices. In achieving its goals, C-LIEGE will feed into and support European/regional/national initiatives in urban freight transport energy solutions. C-LIEGE will implement and test measures supporting vertical integration among stakeholders at local level, as well as international knowledge exchange actions on relevant good/worst practices among European Administrations. Vertical local actions will be supported by local round tables (in national languages, with summary in English for the benefit of transferability), organised by C-LIEGE Local Governments and acting as opportunities to establish or reinforce effective public-private "greening" initiatives and efficient energy and environmental agreements
stoRE aims to facilitate the realization of the ambitious objectives for renewable energy by unblocking the potential for energy storage infrastructure. Energy storage, as part of an integrated approach including grid reinforcement and demand management helps accommodate higher percentages of intermittent renewable energy by balancing the supply and demand and improving the power quality.
stoRE will deal with the non-technological barriers to energy storage, creating the right regulatory and market conditions that will give incentives for the development of energy storage infrastructure to the extent necessary for the accommodation of the planned renewable energy installations to the electricity grid.
A consensus among all key actors will be reached about the necessary adaptation of the European Energy framework and policies, developing concrete recommendations and plan their implementation. Similar work will be done in the six target countries (Germany, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Denmark and Austria), leading to improvements of the policies, legislation and market mechanisms.
The possible positive and negative impacts of the different energy storage options on the environment will be also assessed and the considerations of the relevant actors will be taken into account. Finally, consultation processes, policy debates and communication activities will ensure that the project is open to all key actors and target groups, with results representing the whole energy sector and the society.
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