Who we are
RURENER is a network of small rural communities (villages and small towns) wishing to reduce their energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels and instead harness the power of local renewable energy sources. Not only does this help to reduce CO2 emissions, but developing clean energy solutions in rural areas can play a major role in achieving a sustainable rural economy.
The RURENER network brings tools and methods to support its members in setting up a local energy strategy and action plan. Typically, these include an energy audit, identification of local sources of renewable energy and highlighting opportunities for energy saving. While preparation of a local energy strategy is often led by local government representatives, local consultation and ownership of the plan is key to its success.
Communities joining RURENER come with varying degrees of expertise. Some have little practical experience of local energy planning and so are keen to learn, while others have considerable experience of implementing a particular renewable energy technology but lack a fully developed, integrated and sustainable plan. One of the main benefits of membership is that it allows rural communities to share experience, learn from each other and promote their action through mentoring and twining activities.
Another valued aspect of membership is that the RURENER network gives rural communities a voice at the European Union level. We actively disseminate the achievements of our members, and through liaison with the Covenant of Mayors Office, participation in the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week and participation in the 100% RES Communities project, funded by Intelligent Energy Europe we ensure that the needs of rural communities are heard by policy makers.
RURENER is built by a consortium of 12 project partners from: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Romania, Hungary and the UK.
Don’t struggle in isolation – start your journey to energy-neutrality by becoming a RURENER member and get your community on the map!
How have existing members benefited from the RURENER network?
- Read about RURENER’s achievements 2008-2011 here.
Can any rural community join the network?
- Membership is open to any rural community in Europe who agrees with RURENER’s values and objectives
How much does membership cost?
- Annual membership for 2012 is 50 Euros for communities and support organisations, and 15 Euros for individuals