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2nd annual conference of the RHC-plateform

Budapest, 5th - 6th of May 2011

European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling










Combating climate change and ensuring the security of energy supply represent profound challenges for Europe. Adapting the current energy scenario into a truly sustainable one will require realising the full potential of renewable energy sources to satisfy the heating and cooling demand– which accounts for around half of the EU’s final energy consumption.

The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-Platform) brings together stakeholders from the biomass, geothermal and solar thermal sector - including the related industries - to define a common strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling.

For more information : http://www.rhc-platform.org/cms/

France : Conference and Exhibition : Photovoltaic Technical Conference 2011

25th to 27th of May 2011

The PVTC 2011 is an international photovoltaic technical conference that offers the opportunity to discuss and learn more about solar cells generations. This year’s conference has for subject : “Thin film and advanced solutions”, it will take place from the 25th to 27th of May 2011 at the Congress Center of Aix-en-Provence in Southern France.

The aim of this conference is to reinforce collaboration between laboratories and industrial partners to strengthen the technical development of new solar cells generations. The conference is organized by ARCSIS, Cap energies and POPSud/Optitec, three organizations in charge of promoting microelectronics, non greenhouse gas producing energies and optics by creating synergies and partnerships.

Website of the Conference : www.photovoltaic-technical-c...

France : European Solar days

It’s a European campaign of general interest for the solar energy launched in 2008. Its purpose is to draw the attention of the public concerning the strengths of the solar energy.

Throughout all France, from 9 to15 May 2011, the European days will reception around 2000 events and 50 000 visitors. For their 4th edition, they will set up new opportunities for partnerships, electronic marketing and radio campaign.

Any type of event that aims to raise the knowledge of the public about solar energy can be organized.

Website of the event : www.journees-du-solaire.fr

Photon Magazine in French !

The International solar power magazine Photon has launched a new edition in French now : www.photon.info

POLIS : First Spanish dissemination workshop

11 April 2011, Madrid, Spain

The first Spanish dissemination workshop of POLIS project will be held in Madrid, where the first results of the Pilot Actions that are being developed in the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz will be presented, together with experiences of Solar Urban Planning in other Spanish and European cities. The location is the Architecture School of the Technical University of Madrid, for more information please download the workshop programme.

Leaflet of the workshop

CLIMATE PROFITS – The Economy of Local Climate Action Climate Alliance International Annual Conference and General Assembly

4-7 May 2011, Munich, Germany

The 19th Climate Alliance International Annual Conference and General Assembly will focus on the economy of local climate protection measures. What economic impact does climate change have ? How much money do cities and municipalities need to implement climate protection measures and adapt to climate change ? How can they generate these funds ? Amongst others, exemplary measures on various aspects of financing will be presented and discussed, e. g. involving the local economy and motivating citizens. For further information : www.climatealliance.org

European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) and Local Energy Days

11-15 April 2011, Brussels, Belgium, and all across Europe

Energy Days are an excellent way to engage with citizens and raise awareness of the opportunities offered by a more intelligent use of energy. They offer an opportunity for local authorities to involve stakeholders and citizens in a common dialogue related to energy efficiency, saving energy and renewable energies. They also represent an effective method for informing local media and the implementation and promotion of local sustainable energy actions. Energy Days can be any event : seminars, round tables, dialogues, exhibitions, conferences, online events, performances, guided tours, open door days, workshops, media campaigns, concerts and much more. For further information : www.eusew.eu

1st Conference of Energy-Autonomous Local Authorities

Experts are leading the way to an independent energy supply 7-8 April 2011, Freiburg, Germany

Experts from all over Germany will discuss the perspectives and opportunities for cities and municipalities wishing to reassume control of their energy supply. The use of renewable energy sources and increases in energy efficiency in addition to the restructuring of energy distribution by returning control of power and heat grids to municipalities will be considered. Financing with regard to current incentive programmes and grant schemes will constitute an additional focus. The conference will also provide information on the current political framework within Germany for municipal energy concepts and the associated public relations work. Progress reports from various municipalities and cities will show how the route to energy autonomy is in fact an accessible one. Excursions on the second conference day – to an energy-independent municipality, which has already been completed – will give conference participants an impression of how energy autonomy can work in practice. For further information (in German only) : www.energieautonome-kommunen.de

Green Buildings, Green Cities, Green Europe : The Future of Sustainable Urban Development

16 March 2011, Brussels, Belgium

Within the European Union, buildings are currently responsible for 40% of all energy consumption and 36% of total CO2 emissions. The energy demands in our homes, workplaces and leisure facilities consume more energy than either transport or industry, and account for two thirds of energy used by EU buildings. Improving the energy performance of buildings is a cost-effective way of tackling climate change, improving future energy security and meeting EU emissions targets. This timely international symposium analyses the existing targets, standards and methodologies and seeks to initiate a new dialogue towards achieving greener buildings, more sustainable urban development, boosting economic growth and jobs and fostering better social inclusion and equality. For further information : www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk

Cleantech Cluster Event – Bristol

15 March 2011, Bristol, UK

Cleantech Cluster Events address the combined challenges of promoting innovation in clean technologies and cultivating new businesses at a grass roots level. They provide a forum for debate and interaction between the many stakeholders involved in building a Cleantech Cluster :
- Entrepreneurs – building new cleantech businesses
- Universities/research institutes – cultivating new clean technologies
- Angel investors – seed funding local cleantech start-ups
- Venture capitalists – financing cleantech innovations
- City/regional administrations – promoting the adoption of clean technologies
- Development agencies – fostering innovation and industry The event will address the challenge of promoting innovation in the South West region. A panel of expert speakers will discuss the emergence of a cleantech cluster in Bristol and surrounding regions – and how the city and region can cultivate innovative technologies – and roll out tried and tested clean technologies. For further information : www.cleantechinvestor.com

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