Aalto University is located in Helsinki and comprises six schools with more than 17000 students and 4000 staff members. With a long tradition of research in the field of energy and about 24 professors working in the field of energy, society and information to find solutions for a sustainable energy supply, Aalto University is a beacon for Finland’s energy future.
Karoliina Auvinen and Salvatore Ruggiero from the University’s Department for Management Studies support Co2mmunity by coordinating Co2mmunity’s research activities on successful examples of community energy projects from the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The analysis of these cases will serve to:
– Identify barriers to CE projects
– Elaborate policy recommendations
– Create a CE toolkit
– Promote CE initiatives in BSR
The Working Group Economic Geography at Christian-Albrechts University Kiel provides research on the dynamics of local and regional economic activities in a global production context. This includes studies on the energy transition, on regional innovation policies, or on cluster of the creative industries. The head of the working group is Prof. Dr. Robert Hassink.
The Working Group is lead partner of Co2mmunity and as such responsible for project administration and management, inter alia chairing the project’s steering committee. Additionally, the Working Group is leading the Co2mmunity research activities, focusing on the development of a community energy knowledge base for the Baltic Sea Region.
The Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden supports local and regional actors in the region to achieve a sustainable energy system. Their focus lies on energy efficiency, renewable energy and transport. The agency is owned by local and regional authorities. In Co2mmunity they will engage in compiling an overall RENCOP Roadmap as well as marketing the model in the final phase.
The Foundation for Sustainable Energy (FNEZ) is a non-governmental organisation and an independent think-tank, which promotes sustainable growth in the energy sector. FNEZ is specialised in conducting social dialogue and environmental impact assessments for energy investments. FNEZ has authored numerous positional statements, publications and guidelines as a long-term partner of government, parliament and the administration.
In Co2mmunity, FNEZ analyses national and regional conditions in order to develop RENCOP in Poland and consequently implement community energy projects.
Green City Project Ltd. was established in 2005 as the subsidiary of the non-profit environmental organization Green City e.V. Through its energy projects and services, the Green City Project Ltd. makes a significant contribution to the energy transition and helps to bring about a climate-friendly, citizen-owned energy supply at stable prices while conserving valuable resources.
In Co2mmunity, the Green City Project Ltd. develops and establishes a peer-review and tandem system between frontrunners and followers to support the transfer of knowledge and to develop transnational tandem agreements between identified communities as long-term form of cooperation/collaboration for promoting CE projects.
As an intrinsic part of the global environmental movement, the role of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation Schleswig-Holstein is set to promote societal and political changes. In that regard – together with other associations within the initiative “Energiebürger.SH” – we are fostering the energy transition by means of empowering citizens through praxis-oriented courses, building networks and encouraging citizens’ initiatives.
Our focus within the Co2mmunity project is the establishment and running of a fruitful RENCOP in the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde as our model region in order to establish community energy projects. In line with that we are leading the group of activity 3.2 “Stimulating CE projects in partner regions – regional RENCOP work”.
The Kaunas Regional Energy Agency was founded in 2003 under SAVE II programme. Its main objectives are:
– to promote and develop rational use of energy;
– to promote use of RES;
– to contribute to environment protection;
– to develop international contacts and promote the local cooperation;
In Co2mmunity, the Kaunas Regional Energy Agency will:
– disseminate know-how by seminars, workshops, publications
– study possibilities and identifiy barriers to community energy
– spread international best practice, while promoting the activities of frontrunning municipalities
– prepare proposals and give recommendations for renewable energy financing for local communities
– create handbooks and papers to distribute the knowledge of Co2mmunity among communities
Lithuanian Energy Institute (LEI) is a state funded research organization that has over 60 years of experience in various kinds of energy sector research. Main competences related to Co2mmunity project include research of energy sector planning, estimation and modeling of renewable energy resources, energy economy, development of technologies, research of their application, analysis of energy efficiency issues, preparation of feasibility studies, action plans and the analysis of legal frameworks.
The main role of LEI in this project is the creation of an online database of community energy project experiences in the partner countries. LEI will also gather information about the community energy projects in Lithuania and partner countries, perform analysis of the initial situation regarding possibilities for the implementation of community energy projects, while also contributing to the activities of other WPs.
Lund University has 47,700 students and 7,500 employees. The Department of Human Geography participates in Co2mmunity. Lund University is ranked 78rd in the world, according to the QS Ranking 2017/2018. Geography is the highest ranked subject at the university, currently ranked 26th in the world.
Lund University leads two tasks in Work Package 2: (1) A scientific review of knowledge on drivers and barriers for community energy, and (2) a process analysis of the establishment and development of RENCOPs.
The Danish municipality Middelfart is part of the Triangle Region. Denmark’s Triangle Region is a sub-region which consists of 7 municipalities, and is home to 350,000 people and around 18,500 companies. The municipalities in the Traingle Region focus on creating and stimulating RENCOPs.
In Co2mmunity, Middelfart Municipality will work with different RENCOPs in the Triangle Region. The goal is to create RENCOPs where citizens are in focus and the main driver of the projects. RENCOPs are an excellent way to implement renewable energy locally.
The Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia is a statutory federation of municipalities consisting of 17 municipalities. The Council is a development organisation that acts as an active and cooperation-orientated initiator in regionally important development projects. Work is done within: regional development and planning, culture, internationalisation, regional co-operation and advocacy, and versatile project activities.
In Co2mmunity, the Council is the leader of work package ‘Bringing CE on the socio-political agenda‘ as well as of one of the corresponding activities ‘Developing BSR-wide policy recommendations‘. Furthermore, the Council and Thermopolis run the regional RENCOP of South Ostrobotnia.
Riga Planning Region consists of 30 local municipalities, including Riga, the capital of Latvia. It is the most densely populated region and home to 1,089,960 inhabitants or 50.5% of the total population of Latvia.
In Co2mmunity, Riga Planning Region will initiate, manage and organize a RENCOP in one of its local municipalities – the Marupe municipality – as well as ensure the dissemination of the gained knowledge and results of the pilot project in Co2mmunity. Other activities include elaboration of a community energy handbook and regional policy recommendations for Latvia.
In addition, Riga Planning Region will actively cooperate with local community energy stakeholders and involve them in the implementation of project activities both on regional and international level, for instance, workshops end exchange trips.
TREA is a regional energy agency in Estonia focusing on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency in buildings, both public and residential. TREA inter alia develops energy action plans for municipalities and feasibility studies for district heating systems, but also renewable energy systems in buildings to make specific recommendations. Thereby, TREA provides independent advocacy for regional and local stakeholders, such as municipalities, communities and works closely with the Ministry of Economics and Communication as well.
TREA coordinates the development of policy recommendations based on the work on community energy in the RENCOPs. The main output of the activities will be a White Paper with suggestions on how to improve national and regional policies on community energy, to achieve sustainable energy now and in future.
Thermopolis Ltd. – Energy Agency of South Ostrobothnia is a non-profit company, situated in the rural region of South Ostrobothnia, western Finland. Thermopolis partakes in multiple development projects both regionally and internationally. It offers impartial energy counseling and consulting services. The issues promoted are renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy saving.
In Co2mmunity, Thermopolis is responsible for country-specific handbooks. As one of the main outputs of Co2mmunity, these handbooks will deepen the understanding of community energy (CE) in the Baltic Sea Region. Also, these handbooks will provide practical and local insights into RENCOPs and CE.