March 2022 - Newsletter

The issues the world is currently facing are difficult to understand: we navigate amidst much confusion and sometimes finding the reason why continue to work can appear as a daunting task. Yet it all seems more than just linked – our work to alleviate energy poverty, to provide tools to understand and mitigate climate change, or switch the energy focus, nudging energy consumers towards more efficiency, and the ongoing war.

We have been asked a lot these couple of weeks about IEECP’s position or ideas to tackle the rise in energy costs and prices, how to move away from Russian gas imports, -which we still heavily depend on in Europe-, and what would be some solutions to implement in the short and long run.

We are advocates of energy efficiency first, we think reducing demand/consumption before acting on supply is a prerequisite. Of course, as many organisations and policymakers have suggested, the list of potential actions include behavioural change and more renewables. In all this, we need to protect people, as homeowners, as renters, as workers, against surging energy poverty, and we think one of the best ways to contribute is continue our research work and share the work that we do with partners to produce data and evidence supporting ongoing and future policies. For a better future, we need the right tools and strategies to change and whenever needed, adapt.  

IEECP newsletter is back after a short break, with a lot of insightful resources from our projects, ranging from a video explaining the benefits brought by (bio)energy communities for heating, to many events already in the pipeline for the coming months and various pieces to read, from factsheets to longer detailed reports on key topics: energy poverty, energy efficiency first, adaptation strategies, financing plans for local and regional authorities, and more.

And to conclude on a happier note, we asked our team to share more personal bios, to see who’s behind the projects. Read here bios from the members who have played along with the exercise!

Enjoy reading,

Marine Perrio, for the IEECP team

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VIDEOS

Discover BECoop and the concepts of bioenergy / energy communities in a short video!

This video introduces BECoop and its key actions to foster a broad deployment of bioenergy heating technologies across Europe and empower policy to transfer the community energy momentum to bioenergy heating. The ambition of BECoop (2020-2023), a project supported by the European Horizon 2020 programme, is to provide the necessary conditions, technical as well as business support tools, for unlocking the underlying market potential of community bioenergy, fostering new links and partnerships. The next newsletter will go out this week, you can already subscribe on the project website.

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Recording and presentation - Recent developments in the field of Energy Efficiency First

What does efficiency first mean in practice? What are the barriers to its implementation? The EU Commission guidelines? How can we monitor the implementation? Why should we look first at the demand side measures (vs supply-side measures)? What is sufficiency? How can we integrate E1st in energy-related investment decisions?

This short seminar focused on the latest developments in the field of Energy Efficiency First. The war in Ukraine and current tensions with Russia put in the spotlight the vulnerability of Europe to energy imports. Energy Efficiency First is more than ever an essential principle to secure that Europeans’ energy needs are met while delivering a Just Transition and not jeopardizing the climate goals.

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Recording and presentations - Dealing with additionality in the context of Article 7 EED: experiences about monitoring and energy savings calculations

The two Horizon 2020 projects ENSMOV and streamSAVE, both dealing with the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), and more specifically its Article 7, organised a joint workshop discussing the issue of additionality in the context of Art.7 of the EED. The workshop presented approaches to address additionality in energy saving calculations and policy monitoring and evaluation, illustrated with practical examples from Belgium and the UK. Additionality is one of the key principles for the implementation of Article 7 EED and related Annex V, and also one of the most challenging:

“The savings shall be shown to be additional to those that would have occurred in any event without the activity of the obligated, participating or entrusted parties, or implementing public authorities. To determine the savings that can be claimed as additional, Member States shall have regard to how energy use and demand would evolve in the absence of the policy measure in question by taking into account at least the following factors: energy consumption trends, changes in consumer behaviour, technological progress and changes caused by other measures implemented at Union and national level”. (EED Annex V (2)(a))

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MORE EVENT RECORDINGS

• How can local and regional authorities meet the climate and energy goals? The climate targets are increasingly ambitious, and the scale of the challenge faced by local and regional authorities all across Europe requires increased use of other-than-subsidies financing instruments for investments in sustainable energy and low-emission mobility. This webinar introduced the variety of innovative financing instruments and the opportunities to get an in-depth understanding of their practical use through best-practice exchange with peers across Europe under a capacity-building project PROSPECT+. Participants also learnt about the opportunity to join the project as a mentee.

• ENSMOV presents results from the project and introduces coming events: discover what countries have implemented since the project start on article 7 of the EED, the resources available and more!

• From commercial to residential: extending EPCs - What are the opportunities and potential for Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) business models in the residential energy market? The SENSEI project, the frESCO H2020 Project and the AmBIENCe H2020 project explored them in an online workshop.

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FACTSHEETS, INFOGRAPHICS and SHORT OUTPUTS

Opinions

High energy prices: what if one answer lies in renewable (bio)energy communities?

Energy independence is now at the top of the EU’s agenda. Almost all Europe’s biomass is already locally produced, contributing around 60% of the EU’s renewable energy. Marine Perrio at IEECP makes the case for promoting biomass prosumer projects, pointing at regions using biomass that have reported stable energy prices amid the drastic increases in gas, oil and coal prices. She introduces the EU-funded BECoop project which aims to unlock the market potential of community bioenergy and renewable energy prosumers. Tackling energy price shocks and energy poverty with tax breaks and financial support for consumers cannot be a long term solution. Instead, creating energy communities using biomass should be part of a future renewable energy mix that ensures energy security and stable prices, says Perrio. N.B.: this opinion was written before the start of the war in Ukraine.

Establishing a Ceiling in Energy Prices (in Greek)

What is wrong with the proposal to admit energy debts in Europe and the introduction of a ceiling on energy prices? Vlasios Oikonomou, IEECP managing director, writes for Energia and discusses Greece proposals to the European Union which could ultimately create more trouble than it solves the crisis. Energy management, a tax rebates, a contribution from energy companies that created massive profits, the key role of regulators… Read more in the article!

Briefs and graphics

Policy brief - The EED Energy Savings Obligation and energy poverty alleviation

The energy savings obligation in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) requires EU Member States to achieve energy savings through national policy measures. This is the most significant energy efficiency measure in the European policy package, contributing around 50% of the overall EED energy efficiency target. The EU Commission’s proposed recast of the EED introduces a requirement for a share of the energy savings to be achieved among energy poor households. This policy brief, prepared collaboratively by H2020-funded Social Watt and ENSMOV, provides an overview of the new requirement and explains how the shares are calculated for each Member State. The briefing shares lessons from countries where EEOS are used to alleviate energy poverty.

Tool Brief - SocialWatt Analyser – A smart tool to identify energy-poor households

As energy poverty continues to rise through the spike in current energy prices, we could learn a few things from the SocialWatt Analyser Tool, an innovative decision-support tool that supports energy companies in identifying energy-poor customers. The goal is to track and provide concrete data on these households, in several countries, based on 5 indicators including the SocialWatt indicator. This brief explains how the tool works and presents key outputs from its use by energy companies across Europe.

In other news from the project, Social Watt was also recently highlighted in an EU Commission article: In focus: How can the EU help those touched by energy poverty? while the Italian partner eVISO shared a few tips on how to save energy with electronic devices.

Infographic - Implementing the #EE1st principle through a whole system, integrated approach

Implementing Energy Efficiency First (EE1st) requires looking at the entire energy system and using an integrated approach for energy planning and investment. This means considering jointly the possible evolutions in the energy demand and supply to find the optimal balance which considers all societal benefits and risks, with a long-term perspective. Discover how to implement the EE1st principle through an integrated approach with a focus on energy planning and energy-related investments, the enablers, policy approaches for both, as well as complementary measures to make EE1st a reality and EU legislative timeline for the Fit-for-55 package. And for more details about policy guidelines for integrated approaches, see the enefirst report.

In parallel, an online workshop was held on 23 February to present the results of EU scenarios simulated by ENEFIRST to assess what implementing EE1st in buildings could mean in quantitative terms. See the proceedings (including the presentation files and recordings). There is still time to support the project by answering a quick 5-question survey, to help shaping the activities and outputs of enefirst last semester. To get a full grasp on all project news, see the latest newsletter.

Infographics: streamSAVE announces five priority actions the project will address to improve energy savings calculations in the EU

Priority Actions are technical solutions with high energy savings potential selected based on stakeholder needs. streamSAVE will target a total of 10 PAs over the course of the project, enabling in-depth and hands-on capacity building for Member States. Key stakeholders will be engaged via diverse activities centered around each one, with the intent of achieving results that are key to the project’s success and overall impact. The first set of PAs that the project will address are building automation and control systems, refrigeration and lighting systems, electric vehicles and heat recovery. Access the five graphics. In addition, find the project first reports: Existing calculation methodologies and identified gaps in the EU-28 for identified priority actions, and Practical guidance on additional calculation methodologies, complemented with indicative values (including MS feedback).

Glossary of financial terms and good practice - helpful resources from PROSPECT+!

Are you lost in financial terminology? H2020-funded Prospect+ has you covered! The project team developed a glossary presenting the most useful financial terms to achieve financial readiness.

PROSPECT+ fosters capacity building in regional and local authorities to finance and implement effective and efficient sustainable energy plans, including their proper monitoring and verification. It elaborates on the successfully completed PROSPECT. Through PROSPECT, 149 local and regional authorities and 46 energy agencies and networks were able to learn from their peers in to implement their own plans. And now, the adventure continues! 
IEECP looked back at the PROSPECT good practices and got in touch to hear from them, a few years later, what the project brought them and if they have plans to join P+. Discover in the first one the city of Križevci in Croatia and the Sunny Roofs Project, the first citizens-owned solar plant in Croatia.

Triple-A: a factsheet presents the outcomes so far, tools, and highlights in numbers

The factsheet presents Triple-A latest information, outcomes, Tools and Database. Triple-A has also just released a newsletter presenting the outcomes of the Triple-A Regional Training Workshops. Training and know-how transfer tailored to the outcomes of the Standardised Triple-A Methodology have been implemented in a reliable cooperation environment during the 8 Regional Training Workshops for the identification of attractive energy efficiency projects in the targeted countries. The workshops have facilitated a dynamic dialogue mechanism to share common tools and instruments at a national / regional level when introducing energy efficiency investments. The full-day training workshops took place in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands and Spain.

Press release - 4 projects explore climate adaptation for vulnerable communities in the EU Macro-Regional Strategies Week 

REGILIENCE, IMPETUS, ARSINOE and TransformAr examined ‘transformative action for climate resilient and adaptive regions’ as part of wider collaboration effort. These 4 Horizon 2020-funded projects explored how to best assess and improve the climate-change resilience of vulnerable regions in a joint session on 9 March 2022, during the 3rd European Union Macro-Regional Strategies (EU MRS) Week. REGILIENCE, ARSINOE, IMPETUS and TransformAr are coordinating efforts to identify common goals, challenges and work areas, to achieve best possible outcomes for communities as part of the European Green Deal and the European Union’s Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change and Societal Transformation. The session on ‘transformative action for climate resilient and adaptive regions’ was the first result of this collaboration to raise visibility of the projects, their participants and their goals. The project website, brochure and posture are now all available.

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PUBLICATIONS

Scientific paper - Pioneering a performance-based future for energy efficiency: Lessons learnt from a comparative review analysis of pay-for-performance programmes

Energy efficiency targets and funding for reducing energy consumption in buildings play a significant role in the international policy landscape. However, despite the many benefits, energy efficiency faces barriers to achieving its full potential. The economic effectiveness of energy efficiency programmes is often doubted because of the evaluation, measurement, and verification practices currently used. An open access article written for the H2020-funded project SENSEI lays out guidance for designing and implementing P4P schemes that reward end-users or aggregators for delivering energy savings tracked through metering and established against a business-as-usual scenario, describing potential obstacles and questions that utilities and regulators should consider. Through investigating 11 programmes around the world, authors summarise key design features, performance assessment methods and payment agreement processes, and provide a set of key implications and policy recommendations.

Scientific paper – Risks and mitigation strategies in energy efficiency financing: A systematic literature review

The ever-growing need for boosting energy efficiency implementation towards achieving the targets set at a European level till 2050, has made the upscaling of energy efficiency investments an imperative. This endeavour requires the analysis and evaluation of energy efficiency investments with respect to all the related technical aspects and uncertainty factors. Nonetheless, up to date, a significant gap exists as regards the transparent and rigorous study of energy efficiency investment risks from a holistic point of view and the time that are triggered during energy efficiency projects’ life cycle, while stakeholders’ perspective is usually not taken into consideration. Authors try to identify the whole spectrum of risks and uncertainties that can arise in energy efficiency financing and to classify them over eight general categories, with respect to the project phase that are probably to be triggered. Moreover, it identifies the proposed risk mitigation strategies to deal with the risks arisen and reduce their impact.

BECoop releases a set of catalogues and factsheets supporting the uptake of community bioenergy

What is the difference between direct and district heating? What do the installations look like? What are the different forms of solid biofuels, ways to store them, operation and maintenance procedure? What is the profitability? Which stakeholders are involved in each process? What are the governance – organizational and different financing structures of RESCoop projects? All you ever wanted to know and more is now available in BECoop technical, business and financial support material! The set of material describes heating technologies and guides the bioenergy community stakeholders through complex decisions, minimising their project development efforts, with 4 business models analysed.

ENPOR reports: individual energy efficiency policies for energy poverty

A set of new publications was added to the ENPOR website, focusing on various aspects of the project (capacity building, discussing policies, support actions, and more). A report on individual energy efficiency policies for energy poverty describes the planned implementation of the ten measures or policies that will be implemented within the ENPOR project at the current stage. The design of these measures builds on the work with the REACT groups in the seven target regions of ENPOR (AT, DE, GR, EE, HR, NL, IT). You can also access engagement strategies and update from the national REACT groups for each support scheme.

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Questionnaire on the business model of the Energy Efficiency Aggregator

An Energy Efficiency Aggregator can have different functions and roles including attracting customers, aggregating enough buildings together into an energy savings portfolio, monitoring and evaluating the criteria for joining and selecting the projects, looking for investors and defining an energy efficiency programme. H2020 SENSEI has launched a survey to help in developing the Energy Efficiency Aggregator business model and support the replicability of Pay-for-Performance schemes in the EU. The questionnaire aims to provide a better understanding of the following:

• What kind of services are expected from the Energy Efficiency Aggregator business model?

• What are the expected benefits when using the Energy Efficiency Aggregator business model?

• What are the possible barriers and risks hindering the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Aggregator business model?

By taking part, you will be making an important contribution to clarifying the concept of the Energy Efficiency Aggregator, its role and responsibilities. Find more background information and fill out the survey here. Estimated time: approx. 4 - 6 mins.

What actions and policies tackle energy poverty in the private rented sector?

ENPOR launched a few weeks ago its Energy Poverty Dashboard, already updated with new policies and features! Now the project is looking for more existing actions and policies. Municipalities, regional authorities and national governments can develop and implement their energy efficiency and climate protection strategies to address energy poverty in the private rented sector. Via the dashboard, these actions and policies are visible and measurable. We are looking for more of these activities and policies! Especially Spanish, Portuguese and Nordic policies are welcome, but we value all submissions equally. Submit yours here and learn about others.

ENERGeeWatch peer-to-peer learning programme: save the date for the Autumn learning cycle!

ENERGeeWatch is a network of organisations that exchange on the collection, monitoring and dissemination of climate and energy data at local and regional level. The project received 38 applications from 11 countries for the peer-to-peer learning programme starting in April. Interested to join the autumn learning cycle? You can already express your interest.

Understanding and addressing local and regional needs – REGILIENCE survey: one week left!

Will you help REGILIENCE identify the 10 most vulnerable regions to climate change in Europe by filling out a short survey? Your answers will provide a deeper understanding and be included in the design of future activities and tools within the project, which fosters the adoption and wide dissemination of regional climate resilience pathways.
Through a needs assessment, H2020-funded REGILIENCE wants to grasp the challenges and barriers faced when adapting to climate change impacts and developing adaptation strategies, by gathering experiences from vulnerable regions in different parts of Europe. Through this questionnaire, REGILIENCE aims to select the 10 most vulnerable and interested regions in Europe that will receive tailored support (e.g. region-specific workshops, helpdesk, peer-to-peer mentorship, testing of innovative public-private partnerships, ...). It will help REGILIENCE adapt its activities to local and regional needs, share information and build tools to support authorities' work and approach to climate adaptation and resilience. Representatives of a local or regional authority, the civil society, scientific bodies or the business sector are particularly invited to participate. Estimated time: approx. 20 mins

Discover more about the project on the website, in its brochure and poster – subscribe to the project newsletter, first issue going out soon!

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TOOLS

Activating a community energy market for bioenergy: new tools connect biomass heating supply chain stakeholders and support the development of cooperative/community bioenergy projects

To unlock the bioenergy community potential, BECoop has a range of actions such as events, research and awareness activities as well as the development of tools and services for the uptake of community bioenergy. BECoop generates technical and business support to stakeholders lacking knowledge or experience, to break the barrier of an information lack and further support the uptake of community energy/REScoop and the bioenergy initiatives. Two tools have just been released for that purpose:

• The e-market environment supports various supply chain stakeholders when developing a community bioenergy project on defining the services and activities needed to support their cases. User-friendly, easy to use and intuitive, it allows entrepreneurs to identify and contact stakeholders taking part in the supply chain of biomass heating solutions, to carry out their projects, learn from the experience of others and from similar initiatives.

• To allow the several market actors involved become (bio)energy producers, the BECoop self-assessment tool supports communities in getting prepared to tap the full bioenergy market potential, making them aware of the potential held by their projects. Users can assess the current status and future potential of community bioenergy, revealing and better understanding the gaps, maturity levels for the adoption of bioenergy heating, their level of community engagement, as well as the complexity of the existing framework for procurement and policy design.

Unsure about financial indicators for your energy projects?

PROSPECT+ has prepared a tool that will help get an understanding of the capital investment costs, the operating and maintenance costs and the expected returns of projects. By entering the costs and returns in the respective tabs, users will get the dashboard to show the expected cash flows for their project and calculate the most important financial indicators – the net present value, the payback period and the internal rate on return. For a definition of these indicators, theglossary on financial terms is available! Download the template now.

Save the date! MICAT- Multiple Impacts Calculation Tool first prototype ready this summer

“The MICATool will enable policy-makers to conduct simplified analyses, in order to compare and assess the relevance of the multiple impacts and strengthen reporting and monitoring at the three governance levels” –Dr. Katharina Wohlfarth, FRAUNHOFER.

While the methodological work is ongoing, the MICATool front-end's wizard has been designed with a fresh and modern look-and-feel. It will allow the tool's users to easily and comfortably enter their input data and start the calculation of their projects' multiple impacts. To support the project and embed the Multiple Impacts Calculation Tool in the municipality's Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan, several municipalities are meeting with the project partners. They help advance the choice of indicators for the Tool for the local government and understand the availability of energy data and the work needed to make use of it.

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EVENTS

March 30, April 13 and April 27 - Enefirst webinar series - Operationalising the Efficiency First principle: insights into 3 modelling case studies

3 webinars will discuss practical examples that can be helpful at times of deciding urgent and massive policies to reduce natural gas imports and GHG emissions, while avoiding risks of lock-in effects. More information and registration links are available on the enefirst website.

• District heating and deep retrofits of buildings: competing or synergetic strategies for the implementation of the Efficiency First principle? - March 30th – 2:00 – 3:00pm CET

• Local energy planning for commercial areas: what role for the Energy Efficiency First principle? - April 13th – 2:00 – 3:00pm CET

• Energy Efficiency First: single stage vs stepwise renovation and the question of rapid energy saving actions - April 27th – 2:00 – 3:00pm CET

 

April 5, 13h-15h CET - Risk Assessment Techniques for Modern Sustainable Investments

The Triple-A and the H2020 INFINITECH projects organise a joint workshop to gather and promote knowledge regarding Risk Assessment Techniques for modern, sustainable and ESG compliant investments. High-level experts and business actors will participate in a roundtable, sharing their knowledge and expertise in key topics:

•             Energy Efficiency Financing Risk Mitigation Strategies: Challenges & Solutions

•             Policy Recommendations to boost Energy Efficiency Financing in the EU.

•             ESG Strategies & Decision-Making Optimisation through AI & Machine Learning

•             Machine Learning & AI for Risk Analytics: Opportunities & Risks

•             Role & Benefits of Blockchain technology in Risk Assessment

Agenda - Registration

April 5, 13h CET - Tailored Measures for Energy Poverty

According to STEP, energy poverty should be seen as an energy issue, not only viewed through a social lens; with the right legislation, meaningful changes can be made that improve the quality of the European building stock, help to hit Europe’s climate targets, and eradicate energy poverty all at the same time. The 4th ENPOR Lunch Talk will explore how local solutions and interest groups inform national measures tackling energy poverty on a short, medium, and long term. In this talk show format, guests will discuss urgent matters such as immediate and long-term response to the energy and gas crisis, working with vulnerable groups and overcoming barriers such as the split incentive including our experiences with the unique format of regional energy action groups (REACT).

April 26 - From setting up energy communities to making them thrive: what are the tools available?

Are you setting up an energy community? Would like to join one but don’t know where to find it? You are part of a community energy initiative and want to find tools to help you develop, manage and grow? This digital event, organised by 8 projects funded by the European programme H2020 and working on the topic of energy communities, will showcase in an interactive manner all tools they are making available to people setting up / managing/ growing energy communities: citizens, future and existing energy communities, policymakers, other projects / initiatives, RESCoops, etc. Join EC², BECoop, DECIDE, eCREW, UP-STAIRS, COME RES, NEWCOMERS, W4RES for the full event or only the part that interest you! More informationRegistration

May 10, 13h-17h CET - Facilitating Energy Efficiency Project Financing at an Early Stage: Recommendations from the Triple-A project

Join Triple-A in Amsterdam for the Final “European Roadshow” event concluding the project and presenting its key findings and recommendations, pairs them with European Stakeholder perspectives and provides an introduction to the current state of energy efficiency support measures in The Netherlands. The event is hosted by Dutch Triple-A partnersABN AMRO& IEECP at CIRCL, Gustav Mahlerplein 1B 1082 MS Amsterdam (and online).

Final conference – June 28, Brussels - Towards more energy efficient companies – focus on various industry sectors

ICCEE aimed at bridging inefficiencies in the cold supply chain stages, increasing the energy efficiency and the energy culture of food and beverage manufacturing industries, warehouses, cold storage and logistic operators. The project enhanced the awareness on energy efficiency and sustainable supply chain initiatives at every organisational level, from top management to operational staff. Led by a group of industry, energy and IT experts -it developed a series of interrelated activities, including a tailor-made tool for cold supply chains and training courses. This event, in 2 parts, will allow participants to discover the ICCEE approach and results, and in a second part, to hear from high-level speakers in 2 debates: on the factors preventing and facilitating the implementation of energy efficiency measures for companies, and on policy solutions. More information and agenda. Registration is opened!

31 May and 1 June, 2-day conference on Energy Efficiency First, Brussels and online

The ENEFIRST and sEEnergies projects are joining forces to organise a 2-day conference on Energy Efficiency First. The first day (May 31st), under the leadership of sEEnergies, will discuss recent developments and findings in the assessment of energy efficiency potentials, and how energy efficiency can contribute to meet the key energy & climate goals, as well as to face the current energy crisis. The second day (June 1st), under the leadership of ENEFIRST, will discuss recent developments and findings in integrated approaches for energy modelling, planning and policies, with a focus on buildings and their energy supply. Both days will combine the latest results from European projects and debates with policy makers and stakeholders. They will provide an update about Energy Efficiency First, the related policy developments and its implementation. Speakers and participants will discuss the next steps to make Energy Efficiency First a reality and deliver its full benefits to society. This event is free of charge and open to anyone interested in energy policies. More details available soon at: https://enefirst.eu/events/

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NEWSLETTERS

To catch up with all other project news, you can find below the latest ones:

-        DEESME: https://www.deesme.eu/newsletter/

-        BECOop : https://www.becoop-project.eu/newsletter/?lang=en

-        ENPOR: https://www.enpor.eu/newsletters/

-        NUDGE: https://www.nudgeproject.eu/newsletter-nudge-ing-consumers-towards-energy-efficiency-through-behavioural-science/

-        ICCEE: https://iccee.eu/category/newsevents/newsletters/

-        SENSEI: https://senseih2020.eu/newsletters/

-        StreamSAVE: https://sh1.sendinblue.com/ah1kbl8gs5t7e.html?t=1631604948

-        Social Watt: https://preview.mailerlite.com/b3t4o4

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