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European Regions for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources - "Regions for RES"

Aim of the declaration

The aim of this "Declaration of the European Regions for Development of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources" is to: 

  • increase the visibility of the commitment and of the actions of European regions in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources

    encourage and motivate regions that have not defined quantitative objectives to take action.

    The initiative was launched O.Ö. Energiesparverband in the framework of the "RES-e Regions" project and in cooperation with FEDARENE, and with the support of the Assembly of European Regions.

    Text of the Declaration

    Recognising the crucial role of energy for economic development and the environmental situation in Europe and

    Understanding the important contribution sustainable energy production and use can make to a positive economic and environmental development and

    Acting out of responsibility for future generations and in partnership with other regions across Europe,

    We, the undersigned regional and local governments, have made a commitment to increasing our share of renewable energy and to boosting energy efficiency in our regions. We acknowledge that energy efficiency and renewable energy sources are most important cornerstones of sustainable development because they contribute to environment and climate protection, to local job creation and economic growth, to security of energy supply, to independence from energy price fluctuations as well as to social cohesion and innovation.

    Recognising the importance of local and regional action in making sustainability happen, we are actively promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in our own buildings, installations and sites as well as to the citizens, municipalities and businesses in our regions.

    Deeply concerned about climate change and the increasing dependency on imported fossil fuels and their impact on our environment and economies, we call upon other European regions, but also upon local and national governments as well as the European institutions, to join forces for a better and more sustainable energy future!

    Regions that have signed and their targets 

    One of the first signings of the declaration took place in the frame of the international conference "Green electricity for Europe's regions" in Wels/Upper Austria, where the following 8 regions undersigned the targets set by their region:

    Region of Upper Austria (A)

    Increasing energy efficiency by 1 % annually (1.5 % in the public sector) Doubling biomass and solar energy until 2010 Additional 10 PJ from renewable energy sources until 2010

    County Concil of Norbotten (S)

    Reducing heating demand by 5% by 2010 Reducing the use of electricity by 5% by 2010 Reducing hot water consumption by 5% by 2010 Increasing the share of Renewable Energy Sources

    Region of Castilla y León (E)

    Reducing energy intensity by 3% until 2007 Reaching a share of 18 % of renewable energy in primary energy consumption and a share of 32% in electricity production by 2010 (excluding large hydro power) Supplying hot-water demand in all public hospitals by solar thermal and installing photovoltaic energy in most of regional administration buildings until 2010

    Province of Milano (I)

    Reducing the final energy consumption by 1% annually Installing 30.000 kW solar thermal collectors by changing the local building regulation Installing 1.000 kW of PV on the schools of the province by 2010

    Regional Council of Central Finland (FI)

    Increasing the self-sufficiency of the energy production Increasing the share of RES, especially share of wood Be a fossil-fuel free region by 2015 (excluding fuels for traffic)

    Province of Chieti (I)

    Increasing the share of wind energy to 7.3% until 2010 Increasing the share of biomass to 2.3% until 2010 Increasing the share of solar thermal and PV to 1.0% until 2010 Increasing energy efficiency in the public sector by 2% annually

    Region of Navarra (E)

    6.7 % reduction of the energy consumption in housing, commerce and services by 2010 14% energy supply from renewable energy sources by 2010, 75 % of the electricity production from renewable energy sources by 2010

    Region of Valencia (E)

    Doubling the share of RES by 2010 Tripling electricity production from RES by 2010 Reducing of energy intensity by 1.1% annually Boosting production and use of biofuels

     

    Furthermore, the following regions have also signed the declaration: 

    Agencia Andaluza de la Energía (E)

    15 % of primary energy demanded in Andalusia should come from renewable energy sources in 2015 primary energy saving of 7.5 % over the tendencial consumption for 2010

    obligatory incorporation of low temperature solar energy installations for hot clean water production in buildings belonging to the Andalusian Regional Government

    Province of Jaen (E)

    Reducing energy intensity by 1% annually, saving 59.84 ktoe of primary energy consumption foreseen in 2010 Increasing the use of natural gas in the final energy consumption and saving 1.48 ktoe by year 2010 Producing 126 ktoe of renewable electricity increasing the power installed up to 300MW, which supplied 50 % of the renewable sources energy consumed in the province Substituting 28 ktoe of conventional energies in final uses with renewable energies by 2010

    Kalmar County Council (S)

    to be totally fossil free by 2050 or earlier to have less than 50 % fossil fuels, target already reached, in 2004, the region had 61 % fossil fuels to buy public fossil fuel free cars by 2010 to be a region of renewable energy sources

    Region of Liguria (I)

    Increase energy efficiency (10% savings) Set CO2 emissions at 1990 levels 7% energy from renewable sources

    Mid-West Regional Authority (IRL)

    Region of Poitou-Charentes (F)

    South-East Regional Authority (IRL)

    West Sussex County Council (UK)

    Chepelare (BG)

    Province of Avila (E)

    Regione Abruzzo (I)

    Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (F)

    Region of Lazio (I)

    Reducing the final energy consumption by 1% annually

    Respecting Kyoto

    Financing innovation and research in RES

    Région Ile de France (F)

    Dolj County Council (RO)

    The objectives are the result of discussions and analysis between the County Council, the Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation, the Romanian Association for Energy Efficiency (SOCER), and the University of Craiova

    By 2015: 12% reduction of heat energy consumption in district heating, by the rehabilitation of housing built between 1950 and 1985By 2010: 15% reduction of heat energy consumption for district heating of the condominium type, by installing thermostatic valves and cost distributing framesThe reduction of losses by the rehabilitation of the heat energy from the urban central heating system (annual savings estimated at over 2000 tep.)By 2015: 15% reduction of fossil fuel consumption for hot water of household use in the residential and tertiary areas, by using solar energyUse of bio diesel for the production of electrical and heat energy in co generative installations, mainly in hospitals

    Jämtland County Council (S)

    Reducing carbon dioxide emissions from all activitiesHeating systems will be changed from oil heating to district heating with bio fuel in all properties owned by the County Council. A new campaign has just started involving all the staff with the purpose of sawing more energy. Reducing heating demand and electricity consumption by 5 % by 2010

     

    Penwith County Council (UK)


     

     

    The Council is a signatory of the Cornwall Energy Strategy and, through the Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership, is working towards achieving the 32 actions detailed in the strategy. These actions include:

    Promote the procurement of "green electricity" and general procurement policies which take account of transport impacts and energy efficiencyPromote good energy management in public buildingsIntegrate sustainable energy considerations into Private Finance Initiative contracts and in all public sector building developmentPromote the use of renewable energy powered and fuel cell vehicles in public sector transport fleetsReduce car journeys through use of ICT and green travel plans.

    Carrick District Council (UK)

    The Council is a signatory of the Cornwall Energy Strategy and, through the Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership, is working towards achieving the 32 actions detailed in the strategy. These actions include:

    Promote the procurement of "green electricity" and general procurement policies which take account of transport impacts and energy efficiency,Promote good energy management in public buildings,Integrate sustainable energy considerations into Private Finance Initiative contracts and in all public sector building development,Promote the use of renewable energy powered and fuel cell vehicles in public sector transport fleets,Reduce car journeys through use of ICT and green travel plans.

    Cornwall County Council (UK)

    The Council is a signatory of the Cornwall Energy Strategy and, through the Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership, is working towards achieving the 32 actions detailed in the strategy. These actions include:

    Promote the procurement of "green electricity" and general procurement policies which take account of transport impacts and energy efficiency,Promote good energy management in public buildings,Integrate sustainable energy considerations into Private Finance Initiative contracts and in all public sector building development,Promote the use of renewable energy powered and fuel cell vehicles in public sector transport fleets,Reduce car journeys through use of ICT and green travel plans.

    Kerrier District Council (UK)

    The Council is a signatory of the Cornwall Energy Strategy and, through the Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership, is working towards achieving the 32 actions detailed in the strategy. These actions include:

    Promote the procurement of "green electricity" and general procurement policies which take account of transport impacts and energy efficiency,Promote good energy management in public buildings,Integrate sustainable energy considerations into Private Finance Initiative contracts and in all public sector building development,Promote the use of renewable energy powered and fuel cell vehicles in public sector transport fleets,Reduce car journeys through use of ICT and green travel plans'.

    Madrid Region (E)

    Achieve an energy saving of 10% over the consumption tendency for 2012 Stimulate the development of renewable energy projects in order to duplicate their contribution to the regional energy balance for 2012 Reduce CO2 emissions from energy use by 10% over the actual tendency for 2012

    Hampshire County Council (UK)

    Raise awareness and promote action amongst staff on energy efficiency, Through the Carbon Management Plan, develop actions and set and monitor targest for CO2 reductions from all County Council activities, Promote through our partnerships energy efficiency and the use of RES to at least meet our sub-regional targets.

    Cantabria (E)

    Region of Azores (PT)

    Energetic certification of buildings ( to be implemented progressively starting 2007) Execution of energetic inspections to the public sector (buildings and systems of public illumination) Increase of renewable production in the electricity subsector, from 116 GWh to 268 GWh by 2011 (on conservative perspective), resorting to investments in hydro, wind power and geothermic energy

     

    Bács-Kiskun County Council (HU)

    Baranya County Council (HU)

    Braila County Council (RO)

    Region of Campania (I)

    Province of Cremona (I)

    Increasing the production of green energy to 9.5% by 2010Improving energy efficiency in public buildingPromote the public procurement of energy efficient materials and / or services

     

    Devon County Council (UK)

     

    Making Devon greener is a theme that spans the breadth of our Strategic Plan for the great county of Devon. We have a duty to protect the environment not only for today's residents and visitors but also to ensure the wellbeing and quality of life of future generations. Our aim is to make Devon England's greenest county. We will do this by:

    considering the environmental implications of all our policies and decisions and ensuring that everything we do helps to maintain Devon's high quality of life, landscape and biodiversitysetting a good example to others by using energy and water more efficiently, reducing waste, and pursuing a strategy to combat global warming by promoting renewable energy generation and reducing our carbon footprintpromoting best practice among other Devon organisations, schools and businesses in our role as a commissioner of services, planner, regulator and community leaderencouraging the people of Devon and our own staff to play their part in helping to make Devon England's greenest county

     

    Municipality of Dimitrovgrad (BG)

    Implementation of the energy efficiency and renewable energy sources policies at municipal level, in accordance with the following documents: Bulgarian Energy Strategy - chapter II.4;Law of energetics;Law of energy efficiency;Program of the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria;National plan for climate changes actions;National plan for development until 2006National Program for energy savings until 2014 and the 3-year action planNational program for housing renewalEffective utilisation of the energy sources; Lowering the energy expenses in the municipal budget; Reallocation of funds saved from effective energy utilisation for other implementation of other municipal priorities; Sustainable use of renewable energy sources in the municipality and increasing the energy produced by renewable energy sources.

    Regional Council of South-Ostrobothnia (FIN)

    The self-sufficiency of the energy production, 100% or moreTo be a region of bioenergy sourcesTo reduce energy consumption

    Province of Flevoland (NL)

    Sustainable targets of the province of Flevoland, the Netherlands:

    The focus of the province of Flevoland is very much on wind energy. The target of 25% of sustainable energy in the last Urban Regional Plan has already been achieved,Besides wind energy the province possibilities in developing energy from biomass, heath-cold-storage and manure processing,The cultivation of biomass can be realised in combination with the development of nature reserves,The province increases the target for sustainable energy to 50% in the year 2030.

     

    Gorj County Council (RO)

    Haskovo Region (BG)

    Formal energy saving program with determinated quantitative goals, supported with trainings, encouragements and regulation initiatives, Introduction of control and measure installations in all organized electricity supply systems with the purpose of achieving actual effectiveness and improving the transport costs structure, concerning the decision makers and the customers groups, Exploring of the opportunities for using the calorific energy surplus in the sphere of industrial manufactures, through development of smaller decentralized systems for heat supply in areas with high heat density, Initiatives for improvement of the technical efficiency of the individual heating installations with lower investments at the level of the buildings - residential and public, Using renewable energy sources. Introduction of solar collector installations for manufacturing and provision of hot water.Municipality of Haskovo (BG)

    Targets set in the field of sustainable energy according to the Municipal Development Plan for the period 2007 - 2013. Improving the energy infrastructure:

    Energy efficiency modernization of the electric street lighting - town of Haskovo,Project for energy efficiency in the school "V. Levski" - town of Haskovo,Improving the electrification in Haskovo Municipality,Maintenance of the power supply system,Gas supply in the town of Haskovo.

    Energy efficiency:

    Development and implementation of Municipal energy efficiency programme, Support for introduction of renewable energy sources,Introduction of energy saving electric street lighting in the municipality,Confirmation of residential and public buildings,Introduction of renewable energy sources (solar collectors) in the municipal buildings.State of Hessen (D) Establishing a single market for bio gene resources like Bio diesel until 2015Pilot project involving the procurement of 50 flexible fuel vehiclesParticipation in a project with Volkswagen on sun fuel.15% of the total energy coming from renewable resources until 2015.Municipality of Karlovo (BU) Implementing energy efficiency measures in all the public buildingsAnalyzing the biomass potential in the regionWider use of RESGas supply of the town of KarlovoClose cooperation with the Sub-Balkan Energy Agency, established under the Intelligent Energy - Europe ProgrammeReconstruction and modernization of the street lighting of the Municipality of Karlovo and introducing automated system of centralized radio control of the lighting

    Land of Carinthia (A)

    Consumption reduction of energy about 20% due to the existing buildings in the year 2004 Increasing the utilization of district and local heating about 50% on 2004 Special equipment with a solar-thermal system for every third building, Increasing due to utilization of wood increment from 60% at the moment to 80% Increase due to power generation from hydropower of +7%.

    Languedoc-Roussillon Region (F)

    Objectives set up for the sustainable energy sector :

    To fit out 25 000 social houses with renewable energies (thermal solar, wood energy) by 2010To keep the leadership of the region for photovoltaicTo value the regional resources en wood energyTo support the development of the label "Effinergie" in the region (low building consumption)Be a key region for the economic development of companies from the sector of the sustainable energy, especially through innovations (pole of competitiveness DERBI) and the international fair of the renewable energies (December 6-8th 2007)

    Lombardia Region (I)

    Reaching Kyoto TargetsRegione Lombardia really purposes to reduce GHGs' emissions, suggesting itself as a best practice at a national level in reaching Kyoto targets. The plan foresees to save more than 2.000000 tons (Sustainability Scenario) or 3.000.000 tons (High Sustainability Scenario) of GHGs' emissions by 2012. Scenarios have been calculated not considering Emission Trading's target refereed to the regional industrial sector.Reaching target of RES's contribution in the energy supply Directive 2001/77/EC states that RES have to contribute for 22% on total production of electrical energy for 12% on total energy consumptions. Nowadays the RES represent 17% of total production of electrical energy and 9% of total production of energy. Plan's High Sustainability Scenario foresees to reach European target for RES by 2012.Reaching targets for Directive 2006/32/EC Regione Lombardia foresees a reduction of 6-9% of the energy final use by 2012 (nowadays the regional energy system consumes 25.773.240 toe). National Decrees for Energy Efficiency (2004) are an effective tool to promote energy efficiency in the different sector of use.Plan's Expected results:Reducing 7.700.000 tons of CO2 by 2012Producing energy using RES for 5.800 GWh (500.000 toe of electrical energy) and 675.000 toe of thermal energy, totally 1.175.000 toe of energy by 2012.Reducing final uses of energy for 2.100 GWh (180.500 toe) of electrical energy and for 1.800.000 toe of thermal, totally 1.980.500 toe of energy by 2012.Madeira Region (PT) An increase of 20MW in installed wind energy, until the year 2010An increase in the accumulation capacity of energy of water origin, 1200MWh until the year 2010Exploitation of the Biomass (forest) energy of 12GWh/year until the year 2010To have 15000 Energy Building Certificates until the year 2010.

    Municipality of Madzharovo (BG)

    Maramureş County Council (RO)

    Increase of energy efficiency at regional level by promoting energy management practices, improving the energy performance of public buildings in the region, awareness raising and motivation of citizens with respect to the efficient energy use;Creation of a Local Energy Agency;Increase the share of renewable energy sources at regional level and implementation of new technologies for electrical power production;Reduce greenhouse gas emissions for all activities in order to stop the climate change;Minimise the environmental impact of the production, transport, distribution and utilisation of all energy forms.

    Mazowieckie Voivodeship (PL)

    Municipality of Mineralni Bani (BG)

    Targets set in the field of sustainable energy according to the Municipal Development Plan for the period 2007 - 2013.Energy efficiency:

    Development of a project for gas supply for the municipalityDevelopment of a programme for confirmation of the buildings in the municipality.

    Moray Council (UK)

    Mureş County Council (RO)

    Promoting energy recuperation from organic wasteEncouraging and promoting the consumption of renewable and alternative combustiblesRehabilitation of electrical and thermal power systems and stationsOrganising information campaigns with the purpose of raising the awareness of the population regarding the importance of the rational consumption of energyProvince of North Brabant (NL) Increasing of energy efficiency by 1 to 2% per yearReaching 5% of sustainable energy by 2010North West England (UK) Double the uptake of Low Carbon Building grants within the North West to 272 grants taken up per annum by 2010Double the installed capacity of Combine Heat and power energy generation to 1.5GW by 2010Increase renewable energy from 321MW installed capacity (1,049 GWh) to 1,231 MW installed capacity (3,500 GWh) by 2010Reduce the growth rate of trip made by private care in the region to zero by 2010Increase the percentage of local authorities with carbon reduction management plans to 80% by 2010

    Olt County Council (RO)

    Oppland County Council (N)

    30% of stationary energy consumption will be bio energy by 2010Convert all use of heating oil and 60% of electrical works power to new renewable energy sources, with the main emphasis on bio energy10% of fuel used on Oppland will bio diesel remains in force. By 2010, all bus transport under the direction of the County Oppland will run on 5% bio diesel or other renewable fuelThe offer of education within bio energy must be strengthened.Picardie Region (FR) Increasing the energy efficiency in housing (0 rate loan). Target: investment in the roof thermal insulation of 5 000 houses per year during 5 yearsIncreasing the share of solar thermal (subsidizing policy : 230€/m²) and biomass energyCreation of an Investment fund in energy efficiency (40 millions euros). Target: local authorities and small enterprises.

    Prahova County Council (RO)

    Rhône-Alpes Region (F)

    The Rhône-Alpes Region dedicates an amount of 100 million Euro for 5 years for the development of renewable energies, performing buildings and policies for local energy actions and accompanying measures. The direct grants of the Regional Council will have the following targets by 2010:

    150,000 m² of solar thermal panels12MWc (equivalent 120,000m²) of photovoltaic panels300 MW wood-fuel boilers.

    Within the scope of these objectives, the development of the renewable energy systems will create 10.000 jobs by 5 years. The Regional Council will stimulate the dynamism of the market thanks by facilitating the encounters of the economic key-players (by the cluster of enterprises for eco-building and renewable energies and as well a research cluster for new energy technologies) and multiplying plants with innovative financial tools.

    Land of Salzburg (A)

    Sibiu County Council (RO)

    Regional Council of South-Ostrobothnia (FIN)

    the self-sufficiency of the energy production, 100% or moreto be a region of bioenergy sourcesto reduce energy consumption

    Municipality of Svilengrad (BG)

    Targets set in the field of sustainable energy. Improvement of the energy infrastructure

    Construction of a network and energy saving lighting at the municipality,Construction of gas supply network and gasification of public building,Maintaining a certain level of technical and operational capacity parameters of the electric conductivity,Rehabilitation and reconstruction of power substations and transference network,Confirmation of public, industrial and domestic buildings.

    Timis County Council (RO)

    The need to harmonise all the local Plans, policies or strategies with the European Directive on Alternative Energy and Buildings Energy EfficiencyEncouraging the replacement of conventional energy with alternative ones through workshops, seminars and meetings between political and stakeholdersEncouraging projects that promote the use of alternative energy and energy efficiency in the field of business, buildings and architectureStimulating and promoting projects that ensure the CO2 reduction Providing 3% of hot water in hospitals, schools and kinder gardens through alternative energy sources by 2013Providing 3% of the domestic energy consumption through alternative energy sources by 2013

    Region of Tirana (AL)

    Region of Trenčin (SK)

    Make efforts and participate in legislative process for the arrangements of favourable conditions (advantageous loans, tax burden) for the producers of the solar collectors' components and accessories.

    Province of Trento (I)

    Decreasing 300 000 tonnes of CO2 by 2012.

    Walloon Region (B)

    Energy efficiency targets:

    Decreasing by 6% the final energy consumption between 2000 & 2010 compared to Business as Usual reference scenario,Decreasing by 11% in the industrial sector,Decreasing by 5% in the residential sector,Decreasing by 11% in the tertiary sector,Decreasing by 6% in the transport sector.

    Green energy targets by 2010:

    Producing 8% of electricity from renewable, against 2.6% in 2000,Producing 9% of the final low temperature energy consumption (heating, sanitary hot water, industrial low temperature process) from renewables, against 6% in 2000,Renewable energies will represent more than 4% of the final consumption by 2010, against 2% in 2000,Producing 15% of electricity from quality CHP, against 3.4% in 2000.Municipality of Sliven (Bg)

    Warwickshire County Council (UK)

    The Warwickshire Climate Change Partnership recognises that the public, private and voluntary sectors must unite to effectively reduce CO2 emissions through targeted actions in five areas: energy, transport, resource efficiency, adaptation, and communication and education. The overarching aim of the strategy is: "To reduce greenhouse gas emission in Warwickshire to at least the level set out by Government policy, 15-18% reduction by 2010 and a 60% reduction by 2050 (against 1990 levels). We will achieve this whilst maintaining and improving the quality of life in Warwickshire residents through the implementation of a policy of sustainable development". By implementing this strategy and action plan the Warwickshire Climate Change Partnership will meet its 2010 target to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 15-18 % and have substituted low carbon technologies, where this is possible, in all sectors.

    Westpomeranian Region (PL)

    Zagrebačka County (HR)

    Zagrebačka County made a new Regional Development Strategy in December 2006 as a basic document with all priorities and measures for overall development for the period 2007-2013. The strategic objectives are:

    Effective management with resources and potentials for developmentCompetitive and social responsible economyRecognizable and preserved cultural and natural heritageHigh quality of life

    Under 4th objective, there is a priority of "High quality of environment" with 3 measures, specified as:

    Improving of environmentImproving of environment protection systemRenewable energy sources utilization

    This Strategy was made in cooperation with experts from different institutions responsible for these items. Also, Strategy was prepared on the basis of European Union priorities for the period of 2007-2013.


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