Ace is a renewable energy initiative which has been launched across several North West European countries.
Ace promotes the importance of renewable energy in the everyday life of citizens, businesses and local government – the idea is, if the right information is supplied, more people will use renewable energy. Ace supports the fact that renewable energy is necessity for our future.

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This awards category recognised pioneering or innovative approaches by a municipality to promoting sustainable energy.

Energy Smart Municipalities

Current Ace Projects

Click on the images to your right to learn more about different renewable energy projects taking place throughout europe.

WINNER: Eco-Bicester

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

  • Ace Award Overall Winner

    Aim: The main objective of EcoBicester is the dual approach of building the first UK Eco Town combined with town wide energy efficiency programmes. Zero carbon development is being used as a catalyst for change in behaviour, learning and retrofitting across the domestic and commercial sectors within an existing town. The motto of EcoBicester is to understand and act. Target Area: Bicester Community Technologies: At the heart of the Eco Bicester project is the building of a new 6,000 home Eco Town, which will be the only true zero carbon large scale housing development in the UK. Alongside this, the town wide energy efficiency programmes involve six sustainable construction demonstration projects which have engaged over 30,000 residents. The demonstration projects include a PassivHaus show home and community centre, a BREEAM very good extension to a secondary school, 500kW biomass boiler and solar PV at a leisure centre and retrofit of a historic council building. In addition, the project has also involved an energy monitor and thermal imaging camera loan scheme, insulating 1,560 homes in 1.5 years, offering £300 off a new boiler, open homes events and energy saving workshops for residents. Stakeholders: Cherwell District Council and Bicester community Funding: Government-funded


REGIONAL FINALIST: Cox's Demesne Regeneration Project

Co. Louth, Ireland

  • Aim: The Cox’s Demesne Regeneration Project has seen major energy efficiency works carried out on 573 homes in Dundalk. This project was initiated and managed by Dundalk Town Council.

    Target Area: 573 homes in Dundalk including social housing

    Technologies: Energy efficient insulation, boiler installations, draught proofing and the installation of heating controls.

    Stakeholders: Unique partnership with Electric Ireland and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). All this work was carried out free of charge to the residents concerned.

    Funding: €3.3m was invested in  in the Cox’s Demesne houses via SEAI’s Better Energy Community and Electric Ireland.

    Additional benefits: The second phase of the Regeneration Scheme now consists of the Ashling Park pilot project, which is looking at improving existing Council housing stock as well as the local physical environment.


REGIONAL FINALIST: Communauté de Communes du Mené


  • Aim: This project is in the process of recovery and optimization of local resources to provide better coverage of local energy needs. The underlying and inherent idea is to help create a real chain management of this local wood resource: the identification of deposits in shredding the entrance to platform delivery. At an equal amount of energy, wood requires more labor and can therefore be local employment generator and cannot be relocated.

    Target Area: 7 towns (6500 inhabitants) in Communes Mené

    Technologies: Construction of a storage platform and drying the wood chips; production of woody biomass by planting coppice on short or very short rotation on plots of land unsuitable for agricultural use. The plan is to plant more than 44 hectares with local and productive species such as willow, alder and black locust.

    Stakeholders: The Community of Communes Mené has been engaged for ten years in a process of Territory Positive Energy which involves the local citizens.


REGIONAL FINALIST: Sustainable Dieke Damme project

Zeeland, Netherlands

  • Aim: Borsele stands out through a range of practical and concrete projects and initiatives involving inhabitants of the municipality, entrepreneurs and social organizations. In the list of more than 20 projects and initiatives that have been developed in recent years or are in preparation, many characterized by an innovative approach. Borsele is leading in involving its inhabitants and stakeholders and is an example for the region.

    Target Area: The initiatives was launched by Borsele municipality.

    Technologies: Some examples of projects in which the municipality is initiator or participating partner:

    C-Energy. Implementation of a test for a innovative small tidal plant, which works as both on tidal currents or wave energy. (2010)

    ‘Duurzaam Diekendamme’. A successful pilot project for sustainable villages in collaboration with ACE partner ZKF. (2012). Supporting the development of a local energy cooperative as follow-up.

    Solar panels on all school. All elementary schools in the municipality are covered with a total of 660 solar panels. (2013-2014)

    Energetic Sports Clubs. All sport accommodations in 2014 will be covered with PV panels and hot water collectors. The clubs can participate in an energy course and a contest for energy initiatives among the members of the sport clubs.

    Climate-neutral Street. Development of the ‘ climate-neutral Street ‘ (new construction), 2nd in Zeeland. (2013)

    Biomass plant. Realization of swimming pool heating based on local biomass (in progress)

    Companies Network Sustainable Borsele. Business development network in order to realize sustainability projects with local entrepreneurs.

    Energy Markets. Organization of four energy markets for residents, focused on saving and renewable generation.

    Sustainability en route. Exhibition and symposium electric driving (2014)

    Energy Centre. Development of an ambitious energy information centre for residents and tourists


REGIONAL FINALIST: Energy Action Plan for City of Geel

Antwerp, Belgium

  • Aim: The City of Geel started the preparation of an energy action plan, which is completed and updated on an annual basis in line with the Covenant of Mayors initiative. The buildings with highest energy consumptions have been put on the priority list and an excel tool helps to identify actions with according payback periods. The aim is to achieve significant energy savings by engaging with building managers and utilising a forecast tool to make recommendations.

    Technologies: Upgrade of swimming pool through isolation of pool slide where significant heat loss was measured; heat power machine for swimming pool and surroundings ; renovation of boiler rooms

    Target Area: 40 buildings in Geel