Ενεργειακό & Περιβαλλοντικό Γραφείο Αιγαίου (AEGEA)

 
The Aegean Energy and Environment Agency (AEGEA)  was established in 2008 following a call of the European Commission to establish energy agencies at regional level across Europe so as to facilitate the implementation of EU energy and climate policies at local level. The primary goal is to promote sustainable local development in the Greek islands.
 

Areas of Intervention

In collaboration with the Network of Sustainable Greek islands – DAFNI, which counts 44 island local and regional authorities as members, AEGEA supports island local and regional authorities in the development and implementation of projects related to the upgrading of infrastructure in areas such as energy, transport, water and waste management. Furthermore, AEGEA encourages the participation of local authorities and citizens in energy investments through innovative investment schemes and/or cooperatives, raises awareness on the need for citizens to adopt responsible energy consumption patterns and establishes strategic partnerships to promote sustainable solutions for insular regions at European and international levels.

The sectors in which AEGEA has become active over the past 10 years include: energy, transport and mobility, spatial planning, waste and water management, environmental management, culture, sustainable tourism and social economy, innovation, entrepreneurship alongside the shaping of island policy at local national, EU and international levels.
 

Projets & Activities

Smart Islands Initiative: a bottom-up effort of European island authorities and communities. It builds on years of collaboration between European islands and seeks to convey the significant potential of islands to function as laboratories for technological, social, environmental, economic and political innovation. The Network of Sustainable Greek Islands – DAFNI, currently coordinates the Smart Islands Initiative with the support of AEGEA. Website: http://www.smartislandsinitiative.eu

WiseGRID:  Wide scale demonstration of Integrated Solutions and business models for European smartGRID (2016 – 2019). The project promotes the roll-out of innovative smart grid technologies through pilot applications in 5 sites in 4 different EU countries, one of which is Kythnos Island in Greece. Funding: HORIZON 2020. Website: http://wisegrid.eu

STEPPING: Supporting the EPC public procurement in going beyond (2016 – 2018): The project foresees the promotion of Energy Performance Contracts for the increased energy efficiency of public buildings in the Mediterranean. Funding: INTERREG – MED 2014-2020, Website: https://stepping.interreg-med.eu

MOTIVATE: Promoting citizens’ active involvement in the development of Sustainable Travel Plans in Med Cities with Seasonal Demand (2016 – 2018): The projects foresees the uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in the Mediterranean area through participatory means, such as the use of social media and crowdsourcing apps. Funding: INTERREG – MED 2014-2020. Website: https://motivate.interreg-med.eu

IMPLEMENT: Improving local energy and climate policy through quality management and certification (2018-2021). IMPLEMENT introduces to 30 pilot municipalities in Belgium, Croatia, Poland and Greece, the European Energy Prize Management and Quality Management System (EEA). Funding: HORIZON 2020. Website: http://www.european-energy-award.org/home/

HAPPEN: Holistic approach and platform for the deep renovation of the med residential built environment (2018-2021). Funding: HORIZON 2020

SMILEGOV: Enhancing effective implementation of sustainable energy action plans in EU islands through reinforcement of smart multilevel governance. AEGEA supports DAFNI Network with the coordination of the project.

ISLE-PACT: Assistance to the Covenant of Mayors Office for the development of support services, capacity-building tools and events for signatories of the Pact of Islands to ensure proper alignment of commitments deriving from the Pact of Islands with the ones deriving from the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (2016-present) Funding: CoM Office. Website: http://www.covenantofmayors.eu/Covenant-technical-materials.html

FEDARENE: active member of FEDARENE and since 2016 holding the Vice-presidency portfolio on “Smart islands, Remote and Small Communities”. Website: http://www.fedarene.org/about-us

News

Unlocking the Potential of Biogas for the Energy Transition – BiogasAction Final Conference


The BiogasAction final conference highlighted the essential role of regional cooperation on the development of biogas in Europe.

EXPERT MISSION REPORT 4: AEGEAN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT AGENCY


The Expert Mission was delivered from the 1st to 3rd October with the Aegean Energy and Environment Agency.

Sustainable Energy Applications in Greek Islands


The Conference “Sustainable Energy Applications in Greek Islands” has investigated the new possibilities and requirements (political, economic, regulatory, technological) that need to be in place for the mobilization of investments in RES, interconnections, energy supply, […]

Best Practices

Kythnos Smart Island: living lab of innovative solutions for Greek Islands


Find out how AEGEAN Energy and Environment Agency is working on “Kythnos Smart Island” is the biggest research and development project ever to be implemented in the Greek islands, which aims to build a local economy that is diverse, circular and sustainable.

Promoting energy effiency in the Greek islands: Municipal buildings & street lighting


The Aegean Energy Agency helped a number of island municipalities to promote energy efficiency locally by maturing projects in the fields of energy retrofitting of public buildings and street lighting.

The Roadmap for Electric Mobility Deployment in Andalusia through renewable energies sources


The Andalusian Electrical Mobility Roadmap 2020 is a package of measures which aims to promote electric mobility in Andalusia, Spain.

Smart Islands Initiative: Islands as living labs


Discover the Smart Island Initiative: An initiative gathering insular territories to convey the potential of Islands

Publications

FEDARENE Info 48 – Focus on Smart and Sustainable Islands


Our 2020 Spring Edition of the FEDARENE Info is out! This season, we focus on Smart and Sustainable Islands, and how to turn them into lighthouses of Europe’s climate-neutral future.

FEDARENE Islands College Booklet


You can now consult the latest edition of the FEDARENE Islands College Booklet!

Events

SAVE THE DATE – Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum


The fourth Clean energy for EU islands forum takes place in Croatia and will start with a political event and then continue with interactive workshops and a technology fair.

EUSEW – Islands as Lighthouses of Europe’s Decarbonisation


This session will bring together 9 island experts and 6 policy experts to reflect on the energy challenges of islands and on how policy and regulation can accelerate the EU islands’ decarbonisation.