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GREEN TWINNING aims at strengthening the capacity of public authorities in institutionalising sustainable energy policies into their operations; this will be accomplished through direct exchange of experience, peer-to-peer and twinning approaches between local authorities from the EU-12 that are experienced in the sector and learning ones from the EU-15. "Learning from each other – working together & avoiding repetition of past errors" is the project concept. EU-15 is in many aspects more advanced in their sustainability drive than EU-12 and they can act as a magnet "pulling" less advanced local authorities towards sustainable energy policy and implementation.

(14 may 2012 10:38)

The project idea comes from the visual observation of roofs in some Greek and Austrian cities, which show a lot of solar DHW collectors while the roofs of similar cities in Italy and Bulgaria show very few. The 7th EurObservER report confirmed that efforts made by SEE countries for development of Thermal Solar were successful in limited number of them and considerable disparities between them appear. The project aims to allows the SEE countries with limited penetration to raise their Solar DHW Market, by:

(11 november 2009 17:21)

Domestic sector is more difficult to reach than organised companies and it seems more complex to motivate households to "change their habits". Moreover energy issues are more difficult to analyse when a social situation is already difficult to manage. Dealing with energy issues and social difficulties we can find solutions for the concerned people to save money and energy, and to gain other benefits as comfort and health improvement, then to improve their social situation. Our final target group is the people in a situation of fuel poverty and/or with low income (unemployed people, elderly people, new immigrants, single parent families, etc.) Our first target group is the social actors (from local authorities, social or healthcare organizations, social housing organizations, etc.), energy providers, owners and tenants (individuals, private and public companies).

(10 november 2009 16:25)

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The main objective of ACTIVE ACCESS is to increase the use of cycling but especially walking for short everyday trips in local areas, in order to benefit people’s health, and the health of the local economy. It aims to transfer longer car trips to shorter walking and cycling trips by changing people’s mental maps of their local neighbourhoods so that they realise what is available on their doorstep, rather than in the edge of town retail park. It is called ACTIVE ACCESS because it is about people getting the services they need locally, reducing distances travel – based on the notion that travel is only a means to an end. In the process, the project will achieve substantial energy savings, emissions reductions and cost reductions.

(10 november 2009 15:07)

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