MORE4NRG

Project Details

Title: MORE4NRG
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Sep 2008 - 30th Sep 2011
Website: http://www.more4nrg.eu

Budget

Total budget: €1,326,559.00
ERDF contribution: €1,030,688.95

Lead partner

Province of Flevoland
P.O.Box 55
8200 AB, Lelystad
NETHERLANDS

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    • Contact Person: Bob Pels
      Phone: 31(0)320 265 474
      Fax: 31(0)320 265 260

Project summary

To reduce the effects of climate change and prepare for the decline of the oil-age, European regions play a key role in promoting, developing and implementing renewable energy sources (RES) combined with energy efficiency strategies. Many EU regions are taking action in this field, defining specific objectives and action plans to improve the use of RES and energy efficiency in their area. More than 80 European regions have signed the Declaration “European Regions for Energy efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources”, initiated by the Association of European Regions (AER) in 2006, underlining the urgency of the issue and the role of regions.

In the wake of this declaration 11 EU partners, Flevoland (NL, lead), Abruzzo (IT), EPF (BG), Lazio (IT), Maramures (RO), Norrbotten (SE), Noord-Brabant (NL), Prahova (RO), Västernorrland (SE), Valencia (ES) and Western Greece, joined forces with the AER in this project. The objective of MORE4NRG is to strengthen the delivery of regional

strategies for RES and energy efficiency by exchanging best practices on sustainable energy policies and jointly developing an integrated monitoring tool for measuring the effect of regional sustainable energy strategies.

 

Regions developing sustainable energy policies face many interrelated challenges. They need to find the appropriate alternative energy sources and energy efficiency measures fitting their regional characteristics. With a regional strategy in place they need to create incentives and methods to reach their targets, involving all stakeholders in the region. Regions also need tools to demonstrate progress, to support implementation and evaluation of their strategies.

 

MORE4NRG will address these interrelated issues at an interregional level, combining the identification, analysis and processing of best practices in RES and energy efficiency for the benefit of all partners with specific support to the partner regions with less developed sustainable energy strategies.

The project places strong emphasis on dissemination of results to other regions and raising awareness on the sustainable energy issue.

 

Project activities include an analysis of the state of the art of energy strategies and a study of the framework conditions for generating development of and investment in regional renewable energy infrastructures. Several seminars will focus in detail on the state of the art in energy strategies. Peer reviews will be performed by experts from more experienced partner regions in the less experienced regions to review and improve their regional energy strategies. A mutual learning seminar will bring together the experiences and effects of the peer reviews and other lessons learned during the project for all partners. All project results will feed into a toolkit for regional sustainable energy strategies including monitoring tools for measuring the effect of regional sustainable energy strategies. This toolkit will be available for all EU regions.

Project achievements

The objective of MORE4NRG was to contribute to the delivery of regional strategies and action plans for renewable energy sources (RES) and energy efficiency (EE). The project has delivered a toolkit for regional sustainable energy strategies, including a monitoring tool to measure the effect and to help the less experienced regions in developing a strategy on RES/EE. The first step in the project has been to get a basic understanding of each partner's regional situation. Therefore, all partners have presented their regional energy situation in three seminars, together with their plans and good practices in the field of sustainable energy. As a part of these events, field visits were organised to some of the good practices, e.g. a wind park and a biomass plant in Flevoland, a snow-cooling system for a hospital in Mid Sweden and an R&D center in Valencia. An inventory of 35 good practices was made (available on the website and in the toolkit).

The partners have successfully transferred 5 good practices to 7 regions. For example, Flevoland has imported Soap on Tap, a system to refill bottles with detergents from Lazio. Energiochi, an energy contest from Abruzzo was successfully transferred to Maramures and Flevoland. Both Maramures and Prahova successfully imported the idea of the Park of Energy Awareness from Greece, while adapting it to the regional circumstances. Gabrovo adopted the system of energy agents within the regional administration as applied in Sweden.

Five peer reviews were organised in Gabrovo, Prahova, Maramures, Western Greece and Abruzzo.They consisted of meetings with stakeholders and field visits. During the peer reviews, a team of energy experts from the more experienced MORE4NRG regions assessed the following items in the host regions: the current situation on sustainable energy supply and production, financial mechanisms and incentives, analysis of the R&D sector and the political impetus.

Based on these findings, the team formulated recommendations on how to set up / improve a regional energy strategy, on the cooperation opportunities and on education and training possibilities. The peer reviews were perceived as extremely useful by the host regions, it gave them a clear view on their strengths and weaknesses and generated a lot of media attention (thus attributing to the awareness raising). The peer review regions have written regional action plans, based on the peer review recommendations. For some partners MORE4NRG was really the starting point to develop a regional policy on RES/EE. Seven MORE4NRG partners have succeeded in improving their sustainable energy policy as a result of the peer reviews and good practice exchanges. Due to the experiences in the project the AER was also able to improve the peer review instrument.

MORE4NRG has offered a great opportunity for the participating regions to strengthen the regional sustainable energy situation. However, the ambition was to make a larger public profit of the results of the project. Therefore, we have dedicated a lot of effort to communication activities; apart from launching and updating the website, www.more4nrg.eu, 6 MORE4NRG newsletters were published and distributed among almost 11000 contact persons, 4000 brochures and 2200 toolkits have been disseminated. Furthermore, 15 dissemination events have been organised and the MORE4NRG project has been promoted on over 100 other events. MORE4NRG has appeared in press and media 200 times. Finally, MORE4NRG has attached great value to cooperation with related organisations and initiatives. The project has worked together with Eurisy, a non-profit organisation that promotes the use of satellite information and with RENREN, another INTERREG IVC project on sustainable energy.

Partnership

Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Province of Flevoland, Lelystad NETHERLANDS Flevoland 31(0)320 265 474
bob.pels@flevoland.nl
County Council of Norrbotten, Luleå SWEDEN Övre Norrland +46 920 284 268
henrik.berg@nll.se
MARAMURES COUNTY COUNCIL, BAIA MARE ROMANIA Nord-Vest 40 262 211544
adina_dumitru@maramurescounty.ro
Region Abruzzo, L’Aquila ITALY Abruzzo 0039 0862 364205
rita.dematteo@regione.abruzzo.it
Valencia Agency of Energy, Valencia SPAIN Comunidad Valenciana 0034 963 427 927
ortola_joa@gva.es
Lazio Region – Civil Protection Direction, Roma ITALY Lazio 0039 06 51689268 - 9264
gbruschi@regione.lazio.it
Prahova County Council, Ploiesti ROMANIA Sud - Muntenia 0040 244 514545 int. 134
alexandrescuf@cjph.ro
Assembly of European Regions, Strasbourg FRANCE Alsace 33 3 88 22 74 37
j.podralska@aer.eu
County Council of Västernorrland, Härnösand SWEDEN Mellersta Norrland 46-611-80044
gustav.y.malmqvist@lvn.se
GEORAMA, Patras GREECE Dytiki Ellada 0030-26910-60.427
petropoulos@otenet.gr
Euro Perspectives Foundation, Sofia BULGARIA Yugozapaden 35939532715
veleslava@europerspectives.org
Province of Noord-Brabant, s-Hertogenbosch NETHERLANDS Noord-Brabant 0031 73 681 2477
www.brabant.nl
PATRAS SCIENCE PARK S.A., Rion, Patras GREECE Dytiki Ellada 302610911555
groumpos@psp.org.gr

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