On the 30th of August 2019, Co2mmunity partner members Kiel University and Riga Planning Region came together in Middelfart for their People’s Meeting on Climate of the Future.
The Culture Island Square in the city center was filled with a variety of stalls where businesses, local institutions, and associations fill the space with the climate market and inspiration for how the close and local actions can and do make a global difference. In addition, there were talks and debates on climate regarding issues and solutions to today’s climate challenges.
Visitors and speakers included Connie Hedegaard the Climate Ambassador for Middelfart Municipality and former EU Commissioner and Minister in Denmark, Mogens Lykketoft the former Minister, President of Parliament and President of the UN General Assembly, Christian Ibsen the Director of CONCITO, Signe D. Frese the CSR Director for Coop, and Jacob Bjerregaard the chairman of the Kommunernes Landsforening’s Environment and Supply Committee had the opportunity to exchange their ideas and thoughts.
Climate and Energy experts came together Monday, 17th June with Middelfart Kommune and shared knowledge on how local communities can support the transition to Net-Zero emission society before 2050.
“In such a case it’s really a treat, especially because we are a part ofwww.co2mmunity.eu . A project where we support local renewable energy co-operatives and have the newest scientific and practical knowledge from our partners. So it was just a pleasure” Morten Westergaard, head of Climate and Energy at the municipality, explains.
The meeting was held with over 50 representatives from local communities. The meeting was contained “Work-Shop” tricks, that actually were duplicated from last partner meeting with Co2mmunity.
On this “Copy-paste” trick project coordinator Gerlind Wagner-Vogel says… “This is the whole idea, taking best practices and implementing them. This is the time for action”.
It is halftime for the Co2mmunity project. We now have new and comprehensive stories from all our RENCOPs. The info is made available on our RENCOP page. There you will read about the experiences and approaches of the Co2mmunity project partners in developing a RENCOP.
This is a big milestone for the project as for the first time a comprehensive study on the conditions for community energy projects in the Baltic Sea Region is available. A lot of our work in the last 18 months has contributed to this achievement, such as the comprehensive set of case studies and the project database we have developed.
On the 20th of February in the municipality of Ilmajoki in South Ostrobothnia, three Co2mmunity partners came together to host a local solar energy information evening. Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia and Energy Agency of South Ostrobothnia Thermopolis Ltd worked together with other actors to discuss and inform on solar energy. The organizational team was pleasantly surprised as more than 60 citizens, entrepreneurs, and farmers came to hear facts and local experiences on solar energy. This was even more than expected and extra room and chairs needed to be arranged. During the evening, many questions were answered, and lively discussions took place.
The event partially originated from a discussion started by a local entrepreneur, who already runs a solar energy system both at his home and for his company, and he wanted to encourage other locals to buy solar energy systems for themselves. “For me the solar energy system has turned out to be a very reasonable investment, and I wanted to start a process for a common purchase and this way spread the common good”, says Juhana Lähdesmäki, a local entrepreneur.
As a result of the event, all the participants were asked about their interest in buying a solar energy system and whether or not they would like to receive more advice, with 16 participants voicing their interest in an investment. All interested participants will be contacted individually and a follow-up meeting is being organized.
If you have an oil furnace, you will get the chance to do something about it, because the 28th of February, the third round of common purchase of heat pumps will start, but this time it will be initiated with an interesting evening about climate, green transition and energy renovations the 27th of February.
The first part of the seminar will be held on 4th December in Rendsburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. There the participants will get to know how to participate in the amendement of windenergy development zonation in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, which is still possible until the 3rd January 2019. A second workshop on realising regional and local benefits follows in January. Unfortunately both workshops are in German only.