A rapidly growing world population and increasing energy consumption are leading to a continuous rise of greenhouse gas emissions. Resulting climate change and extreme weather events represent one of the greatest challenges in Europe. RURES sets to exploit the potential of renewable energies (RES) and energy efficiency (EE) in rural regions as they have a great potential for reaching energy autonomy. Within RURES local support group composed of all relevant actors will be established acting as a regional energy network for implementing energy efficiency plans.
Best-practices of alternative financing models for EE/RES measures will be researched and become the basis for new feasibility studies on how to implement energy efficiency plans. The calculator tool (for municipal taxes and other incomes) will highlight the importance of a community-oriented regional development and further underline the benefits and added value generated by exploiting EE/RES.
On Wednesday and Thursday, March 21st and 22nd 2018, in Ptuj, Slovenia, international conference of the ZeroCO2 project which is funded by Interreg Europe programme, has been held. One of the project partners in the named project are our Slovenian colleagues from Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje from Ptuj who the host of the conference was as well.
Medjimurje Energy Agency Ltd. together with Regional Development Agency Medjimurje REDEA Ltd. is implementing project RURES - Promote the Sustainable Use of Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency in Rural Regions, funded from Interreg Central Europe programme, in Croatia, namely Medjimurje County.
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The Association of Municipalities Polish Network „Energie Cités” (PNEC) is a non-governmental organisation which, since 1994, supports sustainable energy planning and implementation at local level.
VSB – The Technical University Ostrava is involved in the RURES project supported in the 2rd call of the INTERREG CENTRAL programme. Prof. Dagmar Juchelkova, Ph.D. and her team invited experts from NGOs, regional bodies and also private enterprise to become members of the Local Support Group.
On Tuesday, 19th December 2017, the first LSG meeting was held in Community Centre of Lenti Town, under the project RURES jointly implemented by the Hungarian partners Zala County Government and the West Pannon Regional and Economic Development Non-profit Ltd..
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Medjimurje Energy Agency Ltd.. (acronym MENEA) was established in year 2008 as a part of the EU project „Creation of energy agencies in Lleida (ES), Medjimurje (HR) and Montpellier (FR)“ financed from Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE).
On Wednesday, 29th November 2017, the second LSG meeting was held in the premises of the Technology and Innovation Center Međimurje in Čakovec, under the project RURES jointly implemented by the Croatian partners Regional Development Agency Međimurje REDEA and the Međimurje Energy Agency MENEA.
Project partnership consist of eleven institutions from six Central Europe regions.