In recent years, the awareness of customers has increased, and simultaneously new opportunities for SMEs to make their business even more sustainable are available. Sustainability, circular economy, carbon neutrality, compensations, zero emissions – all these require business to critically evaluate
Local authorities play a key role in the energy transition and the fight against climate change, especially in the «post-covid» era. Because of their local nature and potential added value for all stakeholders in a territory, energy projects can no longer be dissociated from the policies of local
Climate adaptation became an important challenge for municipalities and regions, as the consequences of climate change are increasingly evident.
In its new PV strategy, the region of Upper Austria set itself the goal of achieving 200,000 rooftop PV systems by 2030, thereby increasing solar capacity tenfold! T
Local Energy Communities: «Centrales Villageoises» – a Local Citizen-owned Energy Communities’ Success Story
In 2010, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energie Environnement (AURA-EE) together with 5 natural regional Parks initiated an experimental project named “Centrales Villageoises” whose model is now spreading throughout France.
In August 2018, a general exemption from the requirement for a building permit for solar panels was introduced, meaning that you are allowed to install solar panels without having to apply for permission.
Between 2018 and 2021, Severn Wye was the lead partner on the Sustainable Communities Wales programme, providing free resource efficiency advice and specialist support to community organisations across Wales.
In Abruzzo Region, a dense network of more than 40 Education Centres for Environment (CEA, in Italian) has been developed. Spread throughout the region, CEAs constitute a unique reference to environmental education and sustainable development for citizens, schools, local authorities and enterprises.
The municipality Kapelln joined the state program “e5” in 2017 and was awarded the “European Energy Award” in 2019. The power supply of its municipal buildings is already renewable thanks to PV modules on all roofs of the communal buildings.
EKIOLA is a public-private initiative promoted by the Company KREAN and the Basque Energy Agency (EVE) that is leading the creation of prosumer power cooperatives in the Basque Country through agreements with municipalities and citizens.
In October 2021, the City of Zagreb has started the Solar Roofs Program with the aim to significantly increase its share of renewable energy production through building integrated PV installations.
Zagreb’s Upper Town is known for its narrow streets, tourist attractions and hidden courtyards of buildings built in the 19th century. Right next to the world’s shortest funicular (66 m), in the Upper Town, is a residential building built in 1850 with an apartment on the first floor that uses an air
A new initiative launched jointly by 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) and Corcra Ltd will see 1,000 heavy good vehicles (HGVs) in Ireland fitted with smart technology in a bid to help drivers reduce carbon emissions by 10% and save up to 10% on their fuel costs.
Until 2012, the family house of the Borovčak family was one of many in Hrvatsko Zagorje, which used natural gas as the main energy source for heating and preparation of domestic hot water.
100 % Sustainable La Gomera: Decarbonisation through Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy Microgrids
La Gomera is the third smallest island of the Canary Archipelago (Spain). It has 64 dispersed populational nuclei, a 21 MW thermal power station (diesel) and a 20 kV distribution network. Instead of proposing a centralised (renewable) electricity generation model for the decarbonisation
Created in 2010 by 12 municipalities, the OesteSustentável – Agência Regional de Energia e Ambiente do Oeste (OST), has been representing a commitment towards sustainability for the Portuguese Oeste Region with a mission to actively contribute to the European and national goals within the energy
The low-energy house of Brundula family in Hrvatsko Zagorje (Northern Croatia) was built in 2012 and uses renewable energy source systems – heat pumps and solar collectors for space heating and hot water preparation.
In line with ALEA’s main objective to support local authorities in the region, the association has been supporting the Alba Iulia Municipality since its establishment.
Tackling energy poverty has now become a central policy priority for the EU and is addressed through the Clean Energy for all Europeans package that features numerous policies and measures to monitor and address energy poverty.
“Competitive Through Sustainability 2030” (Konkurrenskraft 2030), an EU-funded project owned by the North Sweden Energy Agency, places the issues of energy, climate, and sustainability in the main focus of small companies in the region, targeting their core business and competitiveness.