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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 Kellyfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ireland|
|Philipps-Universität Marburg||Markus Hassleremail@example.com||Germany|
|Stichting Streekhuis Het Groene Woud||W Thijssenfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd.||Seán de Buitléaremail@example.com||Ireland|
|Energies Citoyennes en Pays de Vilaine||Edgar Wolffirstname.lastname@example.org||France|
|Agrobeheercentrum ecokwadraat||Bart Schoukens||Bart.Schoukens@agrobeheercentrum.be||Belgium|
|LochemEnergie (Coöperatie UA)||Tonie Tekelenburgemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|Zuidelijke Land- en Tuinbouworganisatie||Aniek de Jongfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|The Green Valleys (Wales) Community Interest Company||Christopher Blakeemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
Last weak Lochem Energy organised the second international ECCO meeting. LochemEnergie prepared an intensive program that involves the practical exchange of knowledge and experience. The formation of new partnerships were put central. There were workshops, master classes, excursions and debates. Read More
The last 2 days we had an intensive but constructive TCT meeting in Leuven! Working towards the ECCO Acceleration Days in Lochem, the WP Leaders will give all project partners a few homeworks! Read More
We did some ECCO recruiting! We explained Beacon Ecco Bocholt to the province of Vlaams-Brabant, and it is very likely that they will set up something similar... Read More
ZLTO explored with 30 agricultural students what the opportunities and possibilities are for local energie cooperation between farmers, citizens and businesses in the rural municipality of Geertruidenberg. The results will be presented on the 1st weekend of October at the Geniaal Weekend Read More
Our first visioning session with Llangattock Green Valleys, our Beacon ECCO in Wales, first stage in developing their long term development plan. Very productive session discussing their vision for their community and how/what impact we can record, including the socio-economic factors. Next session will confirm their vision, targets and develop an action plan. Read More
Promoting ECCO @ the Global Conference on Economic Geography Read More
Last Friday Matthias (ECO²) , Geert (Prometheus) and Tom (Innovatiesteunpunt) brought the ECCO message for farmers in Eeklo (Flanders). They were enthusiast and interested to stay informed about the progress of the ECCO project. Read More
The ECCO-story is spread at the EU Energyweek in Brussel. Read More
Demo at Beacon ECCO Bocholt: Cooperation in harvesting hedgerows by farmers, delivering dry woodchips for the heatnet of the Schools of Bocholt. ECCO strenghtens communities! Read More
In the belgian partner meeting we informed each other about interesting contacts with people interested to start an ECCO and detecting chances for cooperation on some running projects on Renewable Energy Communities in Flanders. Read More