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INTEGRATION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES IN RURAL INSULAR AREAS (RERINA)

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Integrated approaches to develop Sustainable Energy Communities in islands and ecologically sensitive areas help implement European policies on energy, environment and sustainable development. The RERINA project developed and applied "Sustainable Energy Plans" to achieve this objective, notably by examining suitable renewable energy technologies, best-practices for the development of Sustainable Energy Communities and of awareness and training campaigns, and existing and potential barriers. Inland transport issues were included in the energy/transport interface.

Results

  • An integrated methodological approach capable to support insular communities' stakeholders to develop and implement efficient Sustainable Energy Plan
  • A Practical Guide for 'Sustainable Energy Communities' Planners, a step by step approach that outlines the critical issues and main steps that are required in order to build a SEC
  • A typology on renewable energy technologies use; a typology on European islands and ecologically sensitive areas as well as on RES technologies use appropriate for insular and ecologically sensitive areas
  • insights to policy makers on the issues that should be considered in order to develop a successful policy on the SEC development, i.e. the elaboration of public participation schemes and policy measures supporting RES awareness, acceptability and adoption, as well as implementation issues
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Lessons learned

  • Any local community may be converted to a “Sustainable Energy Community”. The mobilization of local stakeholders and most importantly the mobilization of the residents is an essential prerequisite for the successful implementation of a sustainable energy plan. Active involvement, from the initial inception phase to the acceptance of the plan, will become the motivating force behind it.
  • Environmental issues affect the energy sector as well. As a result of multi-faceted energy-related activities, the principles of environmental protection and sustainable development find themselves competing against each other and have to be balanced. Because of this, the development and exploitation of RES in islands and ecologically sensitive areas is directly linked to the improvement of the quality of citizens’ living space.
  • RES reduce dependence on mineral fuels, strengthen regional development and constitute a pole of development for small local communities.
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Contact

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE/ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
Greece
Contact point: 
Name: 
Theocharis Tsoutsos
Tel: 
0030 28210 37825

Budget

In brief

Duration:
01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007
Contract number: 
EISAS/EIE/05/082/2005

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