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07/12/2010
ProSTO policy paper

Solar Thermal Ordinances: Making a commitment to local sustainable energy

A cost-effective energy policy for local authorities

Please click here to download the ProSTO policy paper

 06/12/2010 Setting up the right incentives for boosting solar thermal in Europe

Online webinar on 30 November 2010, 15.00-16.30 CET

With both the Renewable Energy and the European Performance of Buildings Directives paving the way for gradual phase-in of decentralized renewable energy in buildings, solar thermal systems will play a key role in providing heating and cooling for buildings and industry applications.

In this context, public support policies still have a strong impact on the solar thermal market development. Financial incentive schemes for solar thermal can be as various as direct grants (e.g. German Market Stimulation Programme), tax reductions (e.g. income tax break in France), loans at reduced rates or energy efficiency certificates.

During this webinar, several speakers presented different models of incentives in Europe and help determine the success factors for more efficient public support policies across Europe.

Presentations:

This webinar was organized within the framework of ProSTO project with the of the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.

16/11/2010

Setting up the right incentives for solar thermal in Europe – join us for a webinar on 30 November, 3.00-4.30 pm CET

During this webinar, several speakers will present different models of incentives in Europe and help determine the success factors for more efficient public support policies across Europe.

21/09/2010 ProSTO Workshop, 29 October 2010, Committee of the Regions, Brussels

Towards nearly zero-energy buildings:
Solar thermal ordinances = making a commitment to local sustainable energy.

A cost-effective energy policy for sustainable local authorities

A growing number of European municipalities, regions and countries are adopting solar thermal obligations, so far involving over 150 million inhabitants.

The RES Directive (2009/28/EC) stipulates in its article 12.4: “In the building regulations and codes or any way with equivalent effect, Member States shall by 2015 at the latest, where appropriate, require the use, of minimum levels of energy from renewable sources in new buildings and in existing buildings that are subject to major renovation.”

It is crucial that not only EU Member States but also local communities take a proactive stance and do their utmost to promote energy efficiency measures and renewables.

A major benefit of solar thermal ordinances is their effectiveness combined with low costs and limited administrative overheads for public authorities.

Learn more about solar thermal ordinances and how to implement them at the ProSTO workshop taking place on 29 October 2010 from 09:30 to 16:00 in the premises of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium. Please click here to download the workshop programme.

Join us at the workshop and REGISTER TODAY by sending an email to info@estif.org with the completed registration form available here.

Looking forward to meeting you on 29 October,

The ProSTO project partners
 

15/09/2010

New ProSTO brochure now also available in Italian

Please click here to download

29.07.2010

New ProSTO brochure now available

Please click here to download

28.07.2010 OPEN DAYS 2010

8th European Week of Regions and Cities
Brussels, 4-7 October 2010

Europe 2020: Competitiveness, co-operation and cohesion for all regions

The OPEN DAYS will be held for the eighth time in Brussels between 4 and 7 October 2010. Again, around 100 seminars, workshops or debates plus exhibitions and networking opportunities will be take place, organised in partnership with regions and cities from all over Europe, and including contributions by companies, banks and international associations and academic organisations.

On the eve of an intensive debate about the reform of Cohesion Policy post-2013, the OPEN DAYS will concentrate on 'competitiveness, co-operation and cohesion' and present best practice from regional development programmes across Europe. Some sessions will be dedicated on 5 October to the deployment of renewable at local and regional level.

Link to the Preliminary Programme: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/conferences/od2010/doc/pdf/pgr_preli_june.pdf
 

27.07.2010

NEXT ProSTO WORKSHOP

“Solar thermal ordinances: making a commitment to local sustainable energy”
29 October 2010, Committee of the Regions, Brussels

Solar Thermal Ordinances (STO) are legal provisions requiring the installation of solar thermal systems in buildings. The obligation is typically tied to the construction of new buildings or major renovation.

Many of the existing STOs are related to national or regional energy laws and implemented through the municipal building codes. A growing number of municipalities, regions and countries are already making use of solar thermal obligations. Already today, more than 150 million people in Europe are living in regions covered by a STO.

This thematic workshop aims at presenting the legislative framework conditions and the process for developing and implementing a STO at local level. It will also provide concrete examples from local authorities which have already set up solar thermal ordinances, including flanking measures (incentive schemes, information campaigns, etc.).

Project results and specific experiences from the organizations involved in the ProSTO project will be shared with the audience and this workshop will be used to find a common view point regarding STOs and to develop further ideas on how to promote best solar thermal ordinances at European and national level, the aim being to have even more local authorities setting up and implementing solar thermal ordinances.

02.06.2010

 Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of the EU CO2 emissions. Energy performance of buildings is key to achieving the EU Climate & Energy objectives, namely a 20% reduction in Greenhouse gas emissions and a 20% energy savings by 2020. Improving the energy performance of buildings is a cost-effective way of fighting against climate change and improving energy security, while also creating job opportunities, particularly in the building sector.

On 18 May 2010, a recast of the Directive on energy performance of buildings (2002/91/EC) was adopted by the European Parliament. The Directive is expected to be published in the Official Journal in June this year.

This Directive (2002/91/EC) is the main legislative instrument available at EU level to achieve energy performance in buildings. Under this Directive, Member States must set minimum requirements in connection with the energy performance of new and existing buildings, ensure the certification of their energy performance and require the regular inspection of boilers and air conditioning systems in buildings.

 01.06.2010

 Yes, In My Front Yard
Urban leadership can speed renewables deployment.

Local governments have significant power to influence the energy choices of their citizens. They administer and regulate water supply, waste collection, public transport, and infrastructure. They own buildings, land, waste treatment facilities and vehicle fleets and they have close proximity to citizens and businesses.
Read more>>>

05.05.2010

Mayors to receive extra EU cash for energy projects
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso yesterday (4 May) pledged to divert unused EU stimulus cash into a fund to help regions and cities become more energy efficient.

To read the full article on Euractiv.com, please click here

30.04.2010

New ProSTO leaflet available in several languages

Please click here for downloads

09.04.2010
Building the future with solar!

The ProSTO blueprint shows local authorities how to make a commitment to local sustainable energy by implementing solar thermal ordinances. The guide which provides first hands practical advice, case studies and best practices is deemed a tool for those in charge of introducing solar thermal ordinances at local level.

Read more >>>
Download the blueprint (PDF) >>> 

01.09.2009

Solar thermal: building codes worldwide: world map + interview 
Please find further information on: www.sunwindenergy.com

 02.04.2009 Solar thermal obligation in Hawai for single-family dwellings.
Please find further information on Solarthermalworld.org.
30.03.2009 Namibia: Solar Water Heaters Mandatory for Public Buildings.
Read the complete text on Solarthermalworld.org.
18.03.2009 Italian decree for putting law 192/05 into practice finally available. The new decree is ready for approvement. The draft can be downloaded here.
04.03.2009 Further details about the Protuguese STO review process.
Here you can download the paper presented at Eurosun 2008, describing the law and analysing which actions must be undertaken.
14.01.2009 75 % of German house owners are in favour of solar ordinances. Read more (in German)
09.12.2008 Renewable Energy Directive approved!
Further information can be found on ESTIF's webpage.
25.11.2008 Portuguese STO is currently being reviewed!
Download a short pdf presentation here.
25.11.2008 The city of Murcia introduced a local STO!
The new regulation came into force on October, 14th.
More information can be found on Murcia City Council webpage.

 
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ProSTO Newsletter
Newsletter No.6 December2010
Promoting Solar Thermal Ordinances in Europe
  • ProSTO policy paper
  • Workshop: The Contribution of Renewable Heating and Cooling Technologies to Smart Cities , Brussels, 9 February 2011
  • Report on the ProSTO Workshop, Committee of the Regions, Brussels, 29 October 2010
  • Report on the ProSTO Webinar “Setting up the right incentives for boosting solar thermal in Europe”, 30 November 2010
  • Spain/Murcia - Workshop, 16 November: Development and implementation of solar thermal ordinances
  • Germany/Stuttgart: Amendment of the Renewable Heat Law “EEWärme” to comply with EU Directive
  • Save the dates 2011
  • ProSTO in the press
Newsletter No.6 December2010
Promoting Solar Thermal Ordinances in Europe
  • ProSTO policy paper
  • Workshop: The Contribution of Renewable Heating and Cooling Technologies to Smart Cities , Brussels, 9 February 2011
  • Report on the ProSTO Workshop, Committee of the Regions, Brussels, 29 October 2010
  • Report on the ProSTO Webinar “Setting up the right incentives for boosting solar thermal in Europe”, 30 November 2010
  • Spain/Murcia - Workshop, 16 November: Development and implementation of solar thermal ordinances
  • Germany/Stuttgart: Amendment of the Renewable Heat Law “EEWärme” to comply with EU Directive
  • Save the dates 2011
  • ProSTO in the press
 

 

 

 

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