2017 Year of Innovation for Rural Energy
May 2017-April 2019 In order to focus innovations on rural energy and bring it up to European decision makers' attention, the project was built along four main axes : - Monitoring-evaluation of territorial energy strategy: to gather data on the impacts of local strategies to improve communication with local stakeholders (representatives, citizens...), financing entities and European leaders. - Cooperation in Europe: to build cooperation projects with European partners, enhance the exchange of experience and experiment innovative solutions for rural energy - Field Study Tour: identify pilot territories in Europe regarding rural energy and structure field study tour to invite other energy stakeholder to visit and get inspired. - European influence: be present at EU level through the organization of a European event gathering all members of the network, participation in seminars and conferences in Europe and involvement in the writing of notes adressed to European decision-makers. Read the full description of the project's blog if you want to take part in one or more of these actions!
Citizen Climate Assembly
December 2014 - December 2015 The idea? Selecting randomly citizens of the Province of Luxembourg in Belgium to discuss climate and energy challenges. The goal? Supply public policies with innovative citizens' recommendations to support territorial ambitions for reaching climate and energy targets. Once selected, citizens were mobilized during three weekends to improve their knowledge of energy challenges thanks to experts who passed on the necessary knowledge to build realistic recommendations. This project was to be transfered in French territory in the Central mountain range but it did not come to a successful conclusion yet because of difficulties mobilizing political support on the delicate question of citizen's participation. To be continued.
Dream Tomorrow's energy
2013 - 2015 The goal of this project was to raise awareness of children and, by extension, parents, about the challenges of rural energy. Educational tools were developped and deployed on territories in France and Romania and drawing contests organized. The children were asked to imagine energy in the world of tomorrow and solutions to current problems. Field study tours were also organized between French and Romanian territories to raise awareness of elected representatives on what is going on in other places, other countries. Check out the blog of the project for more details on the actions developped and the territories involved!
Isolate yourself/your roof but not alone (French)
2014 and on This is an interterritorial project in France to tackle energy precarity in rural areas. The goals of the projects are to promote efficient refurbishment work in public and private buildings, help stakeholders to find funding for their projects and promote the use of local bio-sourced materials for isolation. The project is a success and is reconducted on a larger area. You can find characteristics on the project on the Regional Natural Park of Millevaches en Limousin's website (in French).
100% Renewable Energy Sources Communities
2012 - 2015 One of the most extensive European projects in which RURENER was involved gathered 10 European countries taking actions towards going 100% RES communities. This project was focused around the Covenant of Mayors and rural territories came together to sign the covenant and implement joint sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs). Twinning operations were conducted between learning territories and more experienced territories and at least two actions for 100%RES were conducted in each territory. The final report and conclusions are displayed on the project's website, go take a look.