Regional energy planning at the UN Climate Change Conference COP 15
Climate change and climate protection are not only highly relevant on national, regional and local level. An active and targeted cross-border cooperation can make a big difference for reaching the goals for climate protection. On its event on 8 December 2009 in Copenhagen the North Sea - Sustainable Energy Planning project (North Sea - SEP) has shown how this can be achieved. The project, funded by the European Union within the INTERREG IVB North Sea Program used the Local Government Climate Lounge at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 15) to present its ideas and activities to a broader public.
The main aim of North Sea - SEP is to develop models and strategies for sustainable regional energy planning and management. Altogether 15 main partners and 11 associated institutions and municipalities from the North Sea riparian states Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Great Britain have formed a network under the lead of the Jade University of Applied Sciences Wilhelmshaven, Oldenburg, Elsfleth (Germany). The budget for project activities is 5 million Euros, half of which come from the European Union.
The main focus of the event in Copenhagen was set on presenting the project that is running until August 2012. Aim of the project is to create solutions for the special problems municipalities and counties are faced with in energy management of public facilities. Besides the larger goals of the overall project, presented by Tim Brauckmüller, the transnational project manager, there are various individual goals and activities in the partner regions that bring life into the network and that make exchange of knowledge and experience between actors and specialist possible.
Prof. Dr. Manfred Weisensee and Hans-Peter Ratzke of the Jade University of Applied Sciences for instance presented the activities from an academic point of view, the partner from Belgium, Dominiek Vandewiele of the Intercommunale Leiedal, visualised the problems and potentials of energy planning as a task of several governmental and administrative levels, and Annica Myrén and Merete Valbak offered insight into the perspective of the Danish city of Kolding regarding the possibilities for development in the frame of North Sea - SEP.
For more information on the aims, contents and partners of the project, please visit www.northseasep.eu
The Jade University of Applied Sciences (www.jade-hs.de) was founded in 2009 and is located in Oldenburg District between the northern Jade bay and the rivers Hunte and Weser. It offers some 35 courses in six Departments. All three locations have a longstanding tradition in their fields. For instance, nautical studies in Elsfleth go back to 1832. Today the Department is Germany’s largest nautical studies centre. Engineers have been taught in Oldenburg since 1877, and in Wilhelmshaven the Academy of Business Studies was founded in 1947.
The Jade University of Applied Sciences sees itself as a modern university with a focus on maritime sciences as well as courses in engineering and business studies.
Most recently, the Jade University of Applied Sciences has added more areas of expertise in the shape of hearing technology and audiology, marine research, tourism, media studies and medical technology.
The Jade University of Applied Sciences encourages independent study with a strong practical focus, a critical approach and an ability to think outside the box. It combines academic learning with key qualifications and ethical standards.
The “Jade Hochschule” is an equal opportunities university.
Facts and figures
Year of foundation: 2009
Total number of students: 5,718
Number of courses: approx. 37
Staff: 500 of which around 180 professors
130 partnerships with foreign universities
Construction Engineering and Geoinformation
with Institute of Hearing Technology and Audiology (Oldenburg)
Maritime Studies (Elsfleth)
Economic Science and Management (Wilhelmshaven)
Engineering and Management (Wilhelmshaven)
Press contact / Project Management:
atene KOM GmbH
Mr. Tim Brauckmüller / Mr. Martin Heinz
Platz vor dem Neuen Tor 5
10115 Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 30 6098990-0
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