The second meeting of the project “Municipal Energy Management” took place in the period 03.09.-05.09.2018 in the city of Maribor. The hosts of the Slovenian Energy Agency ENERGAP have presented good practices for introducing energy management into municipal kindergartens and schools in the city. At the meeting, the selected municipal buildings in Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuania and Germany were discussed, as they will try to achieve a minimum of 10% energy savings from heating and electricity, by introducing energy management in them, within the next year. The approaches in the four partner countries differ in their methodology, but the general European legal framework allows to elaborate an identical basis for comparison and reporting of the achieved results. The municipal buildings included in the project in Bulgaria are 20, including kindergartens, schools, hospitals and municipality buildings. A detailed list of the buildings will be published further on our site.

The last project meeting of SMARTEL was held in the premises of The European Association For Electrical Contractors, on 26.04.2018, in Brussels. The partners got up to speed with the development of the #MOOC language versions and the upcoming validation of the project’s learning outcomes.

Diana Galeva from Sofia Energy Agency-Sofena presented their checklist in the preparation of the Information Day, which is planned to take place in Bulgaria in October 2018. She also made a quick overview of the dissemination activities, which took place throughout the first 3 project semesters.

Gregorio Blanco from Centro de Formación Profesional Xabec discussed ideas for the promotion of the demonstration workshop, scheduled to take place in Spain in the beginning of September 2018.

Ineta Puckyte from the Panevezys University presented their draft agenda for the upcoming demonstration workshop in Lithuania, this October.

Spring is here and the days are getting longer, so now is the perfect time to start saving energy by maximising natural daylight and reducing artificial lighting.

Paying attention to lighting levels can reduce the amount of electricity you consume, whilst increasing the quality of light to retain or even improve the health, wellbeing and productivity of your employees.

Want to take part in the Spring Challenge? It takes just a couple of minutes to enter.

Why should I enter?

  • Have a chance to win an Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo
  • Two runners-up will win a solar charging power bank
  • Every participating company will receive a START2ACT energy saving starter pack and will be promoted throughout Europe on the START2ACT website and newsletter (see the previous challenge winners and participants here).

Terms and conditions apply.


How do we take part?


Take a photo or film a video clip of how your company reduces the need for lighting Write a description of the action(s) – just a sentence or a short paragraph Email step 1 and step 2 to* or send it to @START2ACT using #S2Achallengeon Twitter or Facebook

The competition is open now and will close on Friday 15 June 2018.

For more information:

Within the framework of SMARTEL project, the European Association of Electrical Contractors – AIE will host the fourth partner meeting in Brussels. Representatives of the University of Panevezys as well as members of various vocational training centers and NGOs from Spain, Lithuania, Greece and Bulgaria will meet on 26.04.2018 to discuss the open educational resources in the field of smart metering and home automation technologies, and the progress of opening a massive open SMARTEL online course (MOOC) to service electricians, builders and fitters of energy facilities and installations, electrical contractors, etc. The course will include the 6 learning units that have already been developed, including topics such as: home automation, smart control networks, sensors and actuators, programming and installation of “smart” devices, and so on.

This is the last meeting for the partners, but in the autumn of 2018 there will be two demonstration seminars in Lithuania and Spain and 3 national information days in Belgium, Greece and Bulgaria for which additional information will be published.

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European climate initiative and high-level event on climate policy took place in Berlin, Germany on 22.02.2018. The Bulgarian deputy-minister of environment Atanska Nikolova and representatives of the German ministry of environment were among the participants. SOFENA is a partner in the project “Municipal Energy Management” developed under the initiative.

The kick-off meeting of a new project “Municipal Energy Management” was held on 19.02 and 20.02.2018 in Hameln, Germany. KAW, SOFENA, EnergaP and KREA, respectively from Germany, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Lithuania are partners. The implementation of a systematic municipal energy management (MEM) contributes greatly to long-term energy savings and a sustainable facility management. It is planned the project to be a pilot one and to be for the implementation of a MEM in order to gather experience with participating municipalities. Central project goals are capacity development and transnational networking through: transnational exchange of know-how and coaching; revealing the benefits of MEM for municipalities and developing new and innovative ways to implement and finance MEM. The project is developed under EUKI Program.

Do you know that if you reduce your thermostat temperature by just 1˚C, you can decrease your heating costs by 8%?

Heating makes up half of energy use in the average office over winter, so your potential to save money and carbon is huge.

Take part in the START2ACT Winter Challenge for a chance to win an Amazon Echo (Alexa enabled). It takes just 5 minutes to enter and two lucky winners will be selected to receive the main prize.

Five runners up will win a seven day timer to help you to save energy at work or at home. Every participating company will receive a START2ACT energy saving starter pack. Terms and conditions apply.

How do we take part?


Take a photo or film a video clip of how your company reduces the need for heating Write a description of the action(s) – just a sentence or a short paragraph Email step 1 and step 2 to* or send it to @START2ACT using #S2Achallengeon Twitter or Facebook

The competition is open now and will close on Thursday 8th March 2018.

For more information:

On 15 October 2017 a new project for the promotion of energy management in municipal buildings was launched. Leading partner is the German organization Klimaschutzagentur Weserbergland gGmbH. There are also SOFENA – Bulgaria, ENERGAP – Slovenia and KREA – Lithuania.

Energy consumption in buildings in the administrative sector generates 15% of annual CO2 emissions in Germany. The EU Buildings Directive focuses on public buildings because they also work as a good example that can achieve a multiplier effect. The implementation of a project for energy management in municipal buildings (EM) is related to the long-term management of energy consumption and the achievement of savings through sustainable methods. A pilot project for the implementation of the EM is envisaged in order to gather experience with the participation of municipalities.

The main objectives of the project are capacity development and transnational networks through:

  • international exchange of know-how and trainings – revealing the real benefits for municipalities – developing new and innovative ways to implement and finance EM

The project aims to illustrate the EM’s good practice and to generate services, ideas and experiences to deliver at the higher political levels.

To be more effective, it will also include activities to encourage municipalities and establish sustainable structures and processes.

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