REvLOCAL at the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)

15 June 2016

The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) presented the preliminary findings from the ‘Revitalisation of local economy by development of renewable energy project (REvLOCAL)’ at the Policy Conference of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

These findings shed light on successful approaches to maximising the benefits for the local economy, and thereby increasing deployment of renewable energy. Through six case studies (St Dizier and Le Mené in France; Nord Norge in Norway; Santa Cruz in the US; Bay of Fundy in Canada; Hamburg in Germany; and Furness peninsula in the UK) which have involved dozens of interviews with local actors, the IEEP team is uncovering how renewable energy across a range of locations and technologies (biogas, offshore wind, in-stream tidal, solar PV and more), create jobs and business. The impacts are encouraging: lasting jobs for local people are established thanks to activities directly or indirectly linked to renewable energy projects. From transport, industry match-making, safety equipment rental, to high-tech research and consulting, the examples of business opportunities that link to renewable energy investments are abundant. What’s more, existing jobs and businesses can be sustained, as Le Mené (agricultural activity) and Barrow (ports and marine transport) show. The case studies will contribute to wider understanding of the economic co-benefits of renewables investment, and could help in framing the sometimes difficult local debates on siting of renewable energy infrastructure.

The EUSEW

The Policy Conference of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) organised by the European Commission is among the most important events dedicated to sustainable energy policies. The aim of the EUSEW is to encourage both: networking between stakeholders promoting energy efficiency and renewable energies and learning about best practices of successful policies. The EUSEW took place in Brussels from 14 to 16 June 2016. The REvLOCAL project won, through a call for application, the opportunity to present at the Speaker’s Corner.

Participation

Date: Wednesday 15th June 2016

Time: 11:00 to 11:30 am

Event: Networking village, Speaker’s Corner

Location: Residence Palace, 155 Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium

In the meantime, visit our REvLOCAL webpage. Final delieverables are expected end of July 2016. If you wish to review the final draft deliverables, please send an email to info@iea-retd.org before 27th June 2016.

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