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.
The RURES project started in July 2017, partners from six European countries (Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Czech Republic) joined their forces to improve energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy sources (RES) in rural areas. The implementation of the project – including 1,77 million Euros ERDF contribution - is coming to an end soon, it going to be finished in June of 2020. In course of the project, Local Support Groups (LSG) were established in each region, where local actors and institutions from the field of energy efficiency were invited to be part of the discussion on current project activities and energy efficiency measures. The partners collected best practices of alternative financing models for renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures, and a handbook was prepared as well. In addition, feasibility studies were prepared in order to draw attention to the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy system related measures by alternative financial resources. The studies presented the best practices of partner countries, as well as the achievable return, economic added value and benefits by energy efficiency tools.
The partners implemented pilot investments related to energy efficiency in Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, funded by the project.
As an innovative tool, an online calculator was developed, which is available on the internet for individuals, businesses and public institutions free of charge. The calculator deals with the use of various energy sources (biomass, geothermal energy, photovoltaic energy and heat pumps). After answering a set of questions users can get information on the use of the selected one including its social and economic benefits.
The calculator was completed as part of the RURES project.
You can reach the calculator by following the link below:
https://youtu.be/BEp0AftRW9o (Slovenian version)
https://youtu.be/dFjynbU974s (Polish version)
https://youtu.be/ouUiVOc0jwQ (Hungarian version)
https://youtu.be/k5vxOy2AYnc (Czech version)
https://youtu.be/OB1ZWgql-k4 (Croatian version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry-ZLzPXZpw (German version)
5th partner meeting of the RURES project – „Promote the sustainable use of renewable resources and energy efficiency in rural regions” was held in Čakovec, Croatia, on 11-12 November 2019. The event was jointly organized by Public Institution for the Development of the Međimurje County REDEA and Medjimurje Energy Agency ltd in frame of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE programme.
Zala County Government held an LSG meeting on 10 December 2019 in Zalaegerszeg.
The participants had discussions about the topics of energy efficiency following the welcome speech of Imre Pácsonyi, vice-president of the general assembly.
Development agency Sinergija and Local Energy Agency Pomurje has organized 8th Local support group meeting for Pomurje region that has taken place at Motel Čarda.
City of Leisnig (GEr)
A ventilation system with heat
recovery is installed at a public
sports centre which is frequently
used for sport activities by regional
schools. It will reduce the energy
demand for the heating of the
building and quality of the air.
It is foreseen to install a PV-plant
shaped in the form of a tree at a
public place in Puconi, it will be
equipped with PV-panels for current prodution which can be used for
charging Smartphones, bycicles and other e-mobile devises for the exploitation of renewable energy system (RES).
It is foreseen to establish an
energy-yard (energy competence centre) at an public building formally used as public school. There various small scale RES power plants are
eastablished to demonstrate new
technologies and to ensure the trust in novel RES solutions and there importance for creating a sustainable energy market.
It is foreseen to establish new solutions for increased energy
efficiency and RES at an frequntly
visited administratvive building which afterwards will act as demonstration building. It allows to pratically see how the solutions can be integrated to public building stock and further office buildings.
Project partnership consist of eleven institutions from six Central Europe regions.
REGIONAL PUBLIC AUTHORITY - Germany
Interest groups including NGOs - Poland
Local public authority - Slovenia
LOCAL PUBLIC AUTHORITY - Hungary
Sectoral agency - Croatia
Sectoral agency - Slovenia
Local public authority - Germany
Local public authority - Poland
SECTORAL AGENCY - HUNGARY
Sectoral agency - croatia
Higher education and research - CZECH REPUBLIC