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Rural Web Energy Learning Network for Action (ERENET)

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eReNet aimed to add value to local actions in rural communities, creating an intelligent and integrated "Rural Web Energy Learning Network for Action". Mainly through peer to peer communication with all engaged actors, but also with the support of e-communication, eReNet fostered: - the rural learning communities in the development, - implementation and monitoring of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs), - and capacity building of the related actors through knowledge transfer from experienced communities and identification of bankable projects, matured enough to be included under national or EU structural funds. An additional step forward for these efforts was the realization of the existing SEAPs’ methodologies and learning tools into a web application (e-application), contributing to the reduction of required time, municipality resources and capacities for the development of tailor made SEAPs and their monitoring.


  • Development of customized SEAPs for the eReNet learning communities.
  • initiatives, evolving to bankable projects, matured enough to be included under national or EU structural funds and strengthening the economic development, achieving the creation of permanent, full time jobs on these initiatives.
  • Enhancement of the communities’ capacity building, through training workshops training seminars, training material and related guide, as well as Information days on project financing possibilities in the learning communities.
  • Contributing to national, as well as EU targets, through triggering at least 18,800t CO2eq emission reduction per year, 2,000 toe/year energy savings and 4,000 toe/year renewable energy production.
  • Simplification of the SEAPs’ development and monitoring procedure, contributing to the successful SEAP’s monitoring.

Lessons learned

  • Early engagement of the local stakeholders in the SEAP development is considered crucial for the plan’s embracement by the public. Key steps in the engagement procedure are the distribution of customized questionnaires to acquire feedback from the stakeholders, the distribution of official support letters by the local administration and the realization of Public Consultation Meetings for the SEAPs’ discussion and approval. Media coverage from local press is also considered necessary.
  • Training workshops and seminars are necessary to achieve real knowhow transfer and capacity building. Key factors to their success are the balanced inclusion of theory, best practice examples and field visits to successful RES/RUE projects. Panel discussions among experts contribute to the identification of problems and exchange of experiences. Open time for discussions is vital for the trainees to comprehend the workshop’s outputs.
  • The utilization of web tools for the SEAPs’ development and monitoring can really make the difference for the interested stakeholders who are not "experts" in the field, saving resources and time.

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National Technical University of Athens
Contact point: 
Frangiskos Topalis
0030 210 7723627
John Psarras
+30 210 7723551
Prof. John Psarras
+30 210 772 3551


In brief

21/06/2011 to 20/12/2013
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