The private residential and building sector in Albania will benefit from wider access to finance thanks to a €6 million loan that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing to Albania’s Union Bank.
The forum’s agenda focused on finding ways to accelerate the clean energy transition in islands by making them frontrunners in the transformation of their energy systems. This shift must ensure secure and competitive energy is delivered whilst also bringing benefits to local economies and deploying innovative clean energy technologies. The forum discussed achievements since the launch of the Initiative one year ago, the experience of clean energy transition of outermost regions, progress on technologies supporting the clean energy transition, the recently launched Secretariat supporting the Initiative, as well as the importance of stakeholders’ engagement in the clean energy transition.
Under new rules agreed by Parliament and national governments, at least 32% of the EU’s energy consumption in 2030 will have to come from renewable sources, such as the sun or wind. EU countries will also have to ensure that at least 14% of their transport fuels come from renewable sources.
On 30 October, the award ceremony for the National Prize2018 Environment and Energy Technology and the Special Prize2018 for Resource Efficiency took place in the MUMUTH (House of Music and Music Drama of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz). The winners of the highest national accolade in the area of environment technology were Technologies GmbH, Fronius International GmbH and Compuritas GmbH. Federal Minister Elisabeth Köstinger and Federal Minister Norbert Hofer congratulated the winners of this important award.