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They take action on their territories and areas of expertise (e.g. energy, environment, water, air), and at different levels of governance (e.g. European, national, and regional/local) to promote the Covenant of Mayors initiative and support the commitments of their signatories. With expert knowledge of the regulatory, legislative and financial framework under which they operate - be it at the local/regional, national or European level – Covenant Supporters are ideally placed to provide tailored advice to signatories and identify synergies with existing initiatives.

FEDARENE - European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment


President:Julije Domac
Country: Belgium


Main contact: Dominique Bourges
Position: Coordinator
Phone: +32/2.646.82.10


FEDARENE is the premier European network of regional and local organisations which implement, co-ordinate and facilitate energy and environment policies. Regional and local agencies, ministries and departments working in these fields, are represented in FEDARENE. As a Supporting Structure, FEDARENE will promote the adhesion to the Covenant among its members, encourage and facilitate the exchange of experience on its implementation.


Energy Efficient Street Lighting with Energy Performance Contracting - STREETLIGHT-EPC
Category: Financing schemes
Description: Old street lighting systems can account for 30-50% of municipalities’ total electricity consumption. Yet, current technologies offer 30-70% energy savings potentials. These savings potentials have been recognised and incorporated into European policies: EU Regulation 245/2009 sets phasing out requirements for nearly 80 % of all currently used lamps types between 2012 and 2017. This means that these lamp types will no longer be available on the market for purchase. Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) offers municipalities an innovative, but still under-used, solution to finance a transition to energy efficient street lighting with energy savings guarantees. Street lighting is a good “learning and testing ground” for EPC due to its lower technical and economic complexity compared to building-related EPC. Furthermore, the recent market introduction of LED technology offers high energy and cost savings with comparatively short pay-back times. The project “Streetlight-EPC” is creating demand and supply of street lighting EPC projects in 9 European regions (Upper Austria, Carlow & Kilkenny County, North-West Croatia, South Bohemia, Pomerania, South-East Sweden, Podravje, Macedonia, North/Central Spain) by setting up regional EPC facilitation services (helpdesk) which are providing one-to-one support to both municipalities and SMEs as potential ESCOs. RESOURCES in the 9 languages: - Step-by-step Guidelines - Checklist - FAQs
Signatories involved: Santander, Skopje, Maribor, Kalmar, Kilkenny County Council


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Energy Efficient Street Lighting with Energy Performance Contracting - STREETLIGHT-EPC en
LED lighting in public and exhibition buildings - ILLUMINATE en
Valencian Community, ES – Improvement of energy performance in traffic lights en
European Network of Regional GHG Emissions and Energy Watch: ENERGee-Watch en
Multi-Level Governance in sustainable energy planning - COOPENERGY en
DATA 4 ACTION - Collaborating in Energy Data Exchange en
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Last updated at: 24 September 2015
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