France will be hosting and presiding the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) from November 30th to December 11th, 2015. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement following the Kyoto Protocol, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below a 2°C increase.
If you are not an admitted Party or Observer organisation of the UNFCCC's COP - Conference of the Parties - n° 21 of 2015, you won't be allowed access to the COP's secured 'Village' (conference venue: Paris-Le Bourget conference hall) as you won't have a badge.
However, you will be able to access without requiring a badge a civil society area (www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/civil-society/dedicated-civil-society-area-2015-paris-climate-conference-place-debate-and-knowledge) organised by the French government also at the COP21 'Village' (Paris-Le Bourget) where there will be exhibitions, workshops, etc.
From 30 November 2015 to 11 December 2015
@ Paris, France
DATA 4 Action will organise with the support of the Committee of the Regions an EU Roundtable on Energy Data Sharing on the 14th of October from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
Regional and local public authorities are responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and they need to have effective monitoring for these plans which requires the availability of data for analysing trends as well as implementing a continuous improvement process of the SEAP actions. The challenge is to initiate a process to regularly exchange data between the different stakeholders involved (utilities, energy data providers, public authorities, etc.)
The Roundtable will aim to:
Exchange visions between energy data providers: What would it take to develop more advanced data collaboration models between municipalities / regions and data providers?
Demonstrate good examples of structured data exchange and how this data is used for development and monitoring of sustainable energy action plans.
Formulate possible policy recommendations to the European Commission for a more institutionalized monitoring and data exchange processes.
The programme will be available soon on http://data4action.eu
The 14 October 2015
@ Committee of the Regions, Brussels
This training workshop will inform participants about energy data collection practices in Europe and will provide practical advice and discussion on energy data gathering and processing for the purposes of establishing a Baseline / Monitoring Emission Inventory (BEI/MEI) as part of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP). The workshop will notably draw on the outcomes and learnings from different EU-funded projects (e.g. MESHARTILITY and SEAP+).
The 16 June 2015
@ Brussels, Belgium
Policies, technologies and applications are the three key factors affecting growth of geospatial industry. Formulation of policies and its associated implementation requires strong engagement & propagation of innovations and practices. Public private partnership is one instrumental driver not only in bridging technological gaps, but in integrating stakeholders for maximum impact. The theme CONVERGENCE: Policies + Practices + Processes via PPP aims to address the need for greater coordination among policy-makers, technology providers and users to benefit the industry, and to highlight geospatial workflows as an enabler for successful PPPs by facilitating more informed decision making among the stakeholders.
From 25 May 2015 to 29 May 2015
@ Lisbon, Portugal
The 28 April 2015
In view of the UNFCCC's COP21 in Paris in December 2015, ARENE Ile-de-France is organizing an event to compare regional, European and international experiences.
This event will open discussions on possible courses of action for local authorities and stakeholders who can contribute.
Speakers will specifically address the issues of access to energy, food security, water and sanitation.
Register here: http://www.areneidf.org/node/271?nid=4415
The 10 April 2015
@ Paris, France
The MESHARTILITY project (Measure and share data with utilities for the Covenant of Mayors) is an IEE-funded project that addresses data challenges faced by local governments when compiling their GHG inventories and Sustainable Energy Action Plans.
The 2nd European Roundtable of the project took place on 10 March 2015 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. 21 people attended the discussion: technical experts from energy utilities, associations of municipalities and Supporting Structures from 12 European countries engaged in the project, as well as representatives of EU institutions such as DG ENER, the Joint Research Centre and a Covenant of Mayors Officer.
The 10 March 2015
@ Brussels, Belgium
In France, a national debate on the energy transition took place in the first half of 2013. It was theopportunity to affirm the commitment of local authorities and the State resolution to take the path of the energy transition. The energy transition is imperative to addressing climate and environmental challenges, and is also a strong factor for economic development for territories.
The Regional Climate Air Energy Plan (SRCAE) sets a course for the energy transition in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) region. However its ambitious goals can not be achieved without the strong involvement of all regional actors regardless of their sector. This is why the PACA Region and the State decided to launch bi-annual Regional Conferences onthe Energy Transition in connection with the Regional Observatory for Energy, Climate and Air (ORECA). It is a continuation of the Collective Debates on Energy in Consultation which it is replacing. Location sharing commitments makers in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the new body aims to bring in twice a year, elected local authorities, economic actors federations, social partners and associations to achieve the transition energy in our region.
The 16 February 2015
@ Marseilles, France
Communicating Energy and Climate Science: Why should youth, science and business meet?
Conference venue: Jokkmokk, Norrbotten, Sweden – Ájtte Sámi Museum
Conference link: http://nncc.se/
Conference objectives: Jokkmokk Winter Conference provides a forum where students, young professionals, indigenous peoples, environmentalists and entrepreneurs:
Jokkmokk Winter Market: Jokkmokk Winter Conference is coordinated with the international Jokkmokk Winter Market, a legendary impressive traditional Sami event since 1605 that attracts 40.000-50.000 visitors each year! www.jokkmokksmarknad.se
From 02 February 2015 to 04 February 2015
EVE – Ente Vasco de la Energia will welcome a joint Data 4 Action and Coopenergy workshop on the 16th of October 2014 in Bilbao.These two open workshops will focus on “Energy Data for Baseline Emissions Inventory in the Transport Sector” for the Data4Action session and on “Modeling, Planning and Monitoring” for the Coopenergy workshop.
Local stakeholders and international experts will have the opportunity of exchanging experiences on planning, modeling and monitoring tools in the topics of sustainable energy and transport organized by EVE and IHOBE in the framework of the Intelligent Energy Europe programme.
The workshop will focus on the instruments and methodologies supporting the collaboration between different administrative levels in the area of sustainable energy, specially highlighting those aspects related to the exchange of data for the calculation of municipal greenhouse gas emissions inventory in transport.
⇒ Workshop presentations
The 16 October 2014
@ Bilbao, Spain
The 17 June 2014
@ Aalborg, Denmark
The French State, the Rhône-Alpes Region and the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) have set up an observatory to measure the impacts of climate change in Rhône-Alpes Region and facilitate the adaptation approach of local authorities.
Called «Regional Observatory of the Impacts of Climate Change” (ORECC), it allows all stakeholders and especially local authorities in charge of implementing SEAPs to access to data, to share knowledge, methods and analysis for climate change adaptation actions on its website: http://orecc.rhonealpes.fr/fr/observatoire-des-effets-du-changement-climatique.html
Currently operated by Rhônalpénergie-Environnement’s (RAEE) and the Centre d’Études et d’expertise sur les Risques, l’Environnement, la Mobilité et l’Aménagement (Cerema), ORECC has started to work to elaborate indicators in two sectors: agriculture/forestry and tourism. Other sectors shall be treated in the near future.
The 01 March 2014
@ Lyon, France