ENERGAP – Energy and Climate Agency of Podravje working in the North Eastern region in Slovenia
Energy and Climate Agency of Podravje (ENERGAP) was established in June 2006 by Municipality of Maribor under the European Commission programme Intelligent Energy Europe. Energap is located in 2 nd the biggest city in Slovenia – Maribor. Maribor is economic, university, cultural and sports centre of the north-eastern part of the country. Energap covers area of 200.000 inhabitants and 17 municipalities around the city of Maribor. It is financed by Municipality of Maribor and other municipalities and projects. The decision-making body of the Energap consists of the Agency Council and the Council of Experts. Municipality of Maribor with its Energy and Climate Agency of Podravje is one of the most advanced local authorities in sustainable energy management in Slovenia.
ENERGAP vision is, together with experts, to prepare an effective energy strategy and lay the foundation for its implementation in the Drava region and establish a center of projects, knowledge and ideas that lead into the future, based on the principles of sustainable development. The mission of the Agency is also the dissemination of knowledge and to be active in the field of climate changes, energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy sources (RES).
The Agency helps develop ideas, projects and deepening knowledge for energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, which leads to a reduction in emissions gases, mainly in areas where market mechanisms are not sufficiently effective. Citizens and businesses are considered means of energy management, which are key to lowering energy costs and increase the competitiveness of the business sector. The Agency provides assistance in the interpretation and implementation of European and Slovenian legislation at the local level as well as assistance in obtaining financial resources, particularly in the area of investment in RES and RUE.
ENERGAP is regional centre of knowledge and ideas to implement sustainable energy and climate projects. It supports the introduction of good energy management practices, advocate the concept of sustainability, provide information and guidance, and offer a number of other local services based on specific local energy needs. ENERGAP operate impartially on both energy demand and supply issues and reflect the local situations, economic and social circumstances and the geographical size of the relevant local area.
Our main activities are:
ENERGAP acts as a contact point for relations with European networks and institutions as well as an intermediary to local, regional and national players. ENERGAP has also the function of energy manager for Municipality of Maribor for local communities in order to carry out all activities and to achieve the goals set in the Local Climate Energy Concept.
On April 2011, the Mayor of Maribor signed a declaration to the Covenant of Mayor with the help of ENERGAP. The city of Maribor committed to reach the sustainable energy aims: more than 20 % savings and more than 30 % of renewable energies and to reduce CO2 emissions. It has also committed to implement the tasks devoted adequate human resources, to encourage civil society in their geographical areas to take part in implementing the action plan, including the organization of local energy days, and will be mutually connected with other cities.
ENERGAP won Managenergy local action award in 2010 as one of the three best practices for central management energy system for Maribor, the second biggest in Slovenia and the same project was nominated as the best energy efficient project in Slovenia for 2010.
ENERGAP was in 2013, twice nominated for the recognition by the European Commission – “Sustainable Energy Europe Award” and “Managenergy Local Energy Action Award 2013”. First, as one of the top five projects at EU level in the context of awareness and education in the field of energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources and, secondly, as one of the best 10 projects for activities implemented at the local level.
ENERGAP constantly and actively operated in the fields of information and raising awareness of citizens and the wider public since the year 2006. Special attention is given to informing the public of special theme world days and on such occasions, we also organize special activities: expert excursion, publications in media, providing information and advices on the stand in city center, workshops for schools, organizing prize games and so on.
Promotional campaigns to encourage citizens to change their everyday behaviour, to think about possible changes in their lifestyle and to think about possible investments for the purpose of reducing energy consumption can be effective in mobilizing citizens to achieve this potential.
ENERGAP implemented two very high-profile awareness campaigns.
ENERGAP is also very active in the field of education for pupils and teachers in primary and secondary schools. Ensuring all citizens are ‘energy aware’ is a key factor, and the role of education and information initiatives are crucial. Education has a strategic role in improving energy efficiency. The use of initiatives in schools to promote energy awareness and inspire changes in behaviour links with many aspects of the formal educational curriculum.
ENERGAP implemented one innovative design of educational approach for preschool children – to encourage kindergarten children to think about environmental issues through the variety of different games, homemade tools and Slovene folk fairy tales.
The ENERGAP acts as a contact point for relations with European networks and institutions as well as an intermediary to local, regional and national players. ENERGAP is involved in many local and national projects. The Agency also cooperates in a lot of EU co-financed projects. Below you can find some of them: