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Policymakers want to unlock Renewable Energy (RE) to meet their GHG reduction targets. Currently, they can only turn to the establishment of energy producers to realise their objectives. These traditional actors are slowly becoming interested in RE but are very reticent to share socio-economic benefits with the local communities concerned. The result is a growing public resentment (NIMBY) and a failing market for RE.
Characteristically, RE allows for distributed production and for involving local communities. Bio-Energie Dörfer in DE are the best proof of this: actively involving local communities in their RE production is a feasible way to address the failing RE market. Especially rural areas and farmers offer the physical and social resources needed for a decentralised, community based approach to providing RE.
However, emerging local community initiatives are presently facing barriers. They lack adequate knowledge (of finances, technology, marketing, and management), which prevents them from becoming reliable RE providers. Numerous policymakers have indicated, therefore, that an effective exchange of knowledge is needed to speed up the RE transition.
The large number of policymakers and organisations that have already signed up as associated partners to this project are seen as a first testimony of commitment to the results we want to deliver.
We start off bottom-up with the combined experience and best practices of 9 existing ECCOs spread around NWE. The transnational work of these pilots will function as 'beacons' for us during the project period and beyond to inspire policymakers and prospective ECCOs.
We will reach and engage 50 new ECCOs during the project, each producing at least 600 MWh RE on average, reducing GHG emissions by 7.500 tns/yr in total. The tangible demonstration of this potential will encourage other policymakers to adapt their policies in favour of ECCOs (20 policies expected in 10 years post project).
REScoop originated as an H2020 thematic EU network for mostly larger RE coopertives. The AN will make them well equipped to reach out to individual local ECCOs. This results in 500 additional ECCOs in 10 years post project, bringing the GHG reduction total up to 150.000 tns/yr.
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Posted on 01-07-2020
We are absolutely delighted that the EU institutions appreciate the results of our ECCO project and have underlined this by approving the capitalisation process for the existing EC... Read more
Posted on 01-04-2020
ECCO partners in Cork Institute of Technology have developed a greenhouse gas (GHG) calculator. Read more
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|Boerenbondvereniging voor Innovatieve Projecten vzw (Innovatiesteunpunt)||
|Cork Institute of Technology||Ger Kellyemail@example.com||Ireland|
|Philipps-Universität Marburg||Markus Hasslerfirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|Stichting Streekhuis Het Groene Woud||W Thijssenemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd.||Seán de Buitléarfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ireland|
|Energies Citoyennes en Pays de Vilaine||Edgar Wolfemail@example.com||France|
|Agrobeheercentrum ecokwadraat||Bart Schoukens||Bart.Schoukens@agrobeheercentrum.be||Belgium|
|LochemEnergie (Coöperatie UA)||Tonie Tekelenburgfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|Zuidelijke Land- en Tuinbouworganisatie||Aniek de Jongemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|The Green Valleys (Wales) Community Interest Company||Christopher Blakefirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
In 2016 Segon was asked by the province of Noord Brabant to write a vision for future-proved business parks. After publishing, they were asked by Lage Meren-Meilust, a business park in Bergen op Zoom, to make an action plan and to apply it. They now have more than three years of experience with this. In the Netherlands, they have a 'Regional Energy Strategy'. It imposes a number of obligations on the municipalities to regulate energy savings and to create sustainable energy. The business parks play an important role in the RES. Read More
We are absolutely delighted that the EU institutions appreciate the results of our ECCO project and have underlined this by approving the capitalisation process for the existing ECCO project. Read More
ECCO partners in Cork Institute of Technology have developed a greenhouse gas (GHG) calculator. Read More
The ECCO-wheel shows you the dynamics of that Accelerator network. Read More
An update of the ECCO-project Read More
REVE 2019, the European Meeting of Citizen Energies took place in Redon in June. All the stakeholders of citizen projects of renewable energies gathered to share experiences and reflect on the future of the movement. Read More
In april board member Ulrich Pfeiffer of beacon ECCO Bioenergiedorp Oberrosphe was invited to Loos-en-Gohelle as a "flying expert" to present the beacon ECCO Read More
The European ECCO network will hold its 3rd transnational conference in Brittany (France) to share visions and experiences on its projects about local energy transition. Read More
On 18-19-20 march there was a partner meeting in Leuven. Alle the partners worked on the different workpackages and went home full of inspiration and with some homework. Read More
Eoliennes Citoyennes à Plessé (ECP) held their general assembly on 8th February 2019 to inform their members on the current situation of the project and to explain what are the next steps to take. Read More
Citizen cooperatives which implement electric carsharing projects have emerged over the past few years and networking structures for supporting cooperative e-carsharing are currently emerging. Electric carsharing is a particularly interesting topic for existing energy cooperatives because it provides an opportunity to deepen their Co2-reduction, expand their activities and contribute to sustainable and inclusive mobility. But how can such projects be organized successfully? How can network organizations and policy makers support such projects? What are common barriers? And what are the synergies with existing energy cooperatives?
To explore this exciting new topic, we invite you to join our free online workshop on Thursday, October 29th from 10:00 to 12:00.
The EU funded Interreg project ECCO is proud to host this Community Energy Development webinar with guests from France and Ireland.
Communities and people across Europe are coming together to learn from each other. The citizen energy community network wats to join forces to build together Euope's furure energy system that needs to be sustainable, 100% renewable, socially fair and owned and controlled by local communities and people.
This event is organised by REScoop.eu, Bündnis Bürgerenergie, DGRV and ECCO.
The European ECCO network will hold its 3rd transnational conference in Brittany (France) to share visions and experiences on its projects about local energy transition.
Every ECCO project partner is challenged to bring some new initiatives to this second international ECCO meeting for gaining
inspiration and knowledge.
Come over and join us!