UIPI coorganised events on renewable energy communities
Brussels, 28 and 30 September 2022
Boosting energy communities in the EU
Renewable energy communities are considered to be a way to contribute to guaranteeing more secure local energy systems by potentially being more resilient and capable of absorbing external shocks. They are seen at the forefront of employing models which reduce citizens’ energy bills, create local economic gain and encourage more energy sobriety. But how do they work in practice? What are the legal and practical challenges linked to their deployment at national and local level?
In association with Housing Europe and within the NRG2peers project, the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI) organised a workshop on “Boosting energy communities in the EU” in Brussels on 28 September 2022.
This half-day conference brought together leading experts on energy communities from across the EU to discuss the next steps in upscaling and mainstreaming energy communities and will also offer a unique networking opportunity for those involved and interested in energy communities!
Overview 1 Municipality - 1 REC: can it be Done?
On 30 September, in the context of the European Sustainable Energy Week, UIPI joined ICLEI and REScoop.EU workshop. The goal was to carry a reality check and discuss transferable solutions, their barriers and drivers, and what kinds of policies need to be in place to enable renewable energy communities to truly make a contribution to making Europe more energy-resilient, more climate-friendly, more just and inclusive of younger and older generations alike.
The event aims to enhance policy dialogue around the transposition and implementation of the European Commission’s Renewable Energy Directive and focuses on how enabling frameworks for RECs can be boosted in line with the urgency instilled by the EU Solar Strategy and the REPower EU Plan. It is aimed at politicians, policy makers, policy advisory organisations at various governance levels, as well as community energy stakeholders across Europe.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 890345.