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EnAHRgie | RRI and Renewable Energy - Conception of sustainable land use and energy supply at the municipal level

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The project “EnAHRgie” is designed to develop methodologies, tools and guidelines to enable municipalities, local economies and civil society groups to launch a transition to a sustainable energy system.

The focus of the project is on the transition of energy production from major companies to more local production. The challenge is to include local people in order to develop the most robust, efficient, and sustainable solution while minimising impacts on the local population, economics, nature, and landscape.

EnAHRgie has a permanent group consisting of the main partners, who represent different stakeholder groups, and contacts of the inner group’s members. This allows cooperation between scientists and practitioners who work for administrative bodies, regional politicians and regional energy suppliers.

International
English
Development, Exploration, Implementation, Monitorization & Evaluation, Dissemination
The focus of the project is on the transition of energy production from major companies to
more local production. Today the big four electricity producers own only 5% of the total
production and the remainder is divided among many smaller producers, whose ownership
is also decentralised. As a result, new organisations are emerging and various technologies
for local production are putting pressure on land use. Especially in densely populated areas
with high competition for land use, such as tourism, health facilities and spa operation, nature
protection, and winegrowing and other food cultivation practices, governments must adopt
new roles, e.g. at various governmental levels: municipal, local, regional and national. While
formal procedures do exist, they often contradict each other. So this is mainly a social process,
not only a political aim to take action on energy but local people and local actions can also
find opportunities. The challenge is to include local people in order to develop the most robust,
efficient, and sustainable solution while minimising the impact on the local population,
economics, nature, and landscape.
The project has five key elements:
  1. Innovation group to include relevant practical and scientific expertise and work in a transdisciplinary way;
  2. Development of a concept of innovation to evaluate and enable applicability and robustness. Identification of obstacles and tailoring the innovation to the environment;
  3. Equipping the members of the innovation group to put the innovation concept into practice; development of the cognitive capacity needed to find and implement solutions;
  4.  Data integration and visualisation, a platform to bring in information and engage in discussion to create knowledge in such a way that everyone can use it and contribute;
  5. Scientific advisory group to ensure scientific standards and quality and provide recommendations and answers to more general questions.

TIME

From 01/03/2015 to 28/02/2019
  • Leading organisation: EA European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment GmbH
  • Cooperation partners: Scientific research institutions, local business associations, local financial institutions, local organisations and associations from civil society, local municipalities and cities and energy providers

http://www.ea-aw.org/research/overview/enahrgie.html
http://www.enahrgie.de
http://innovationsgruppen-landmanagement.de/en/innovationsgruppen/enahrgie/

André Schaffrin

andre.schaffrin@ea-aw.de

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