Citizen involvement in energy policies for rural areas

You are here

Low-Carbon technologies


Regional Nature Parks are predominantly rural territories in which there are several organizations of habitats and economic activities that are conducive to technological or organisational experimentation with multiple stakeholders in the energy sector. Collective and participative approaches are preferred to encourage social acceptance of the energy transition and the involvement in structural projects such as the propagation of local renewable energy production, energy mutualisation in micro-networks and other intelligent ways of managing energy. Consistent with the current experiences in the Regional Nature Parks which confirm the renewable resources potential of the territories (wind, fuelwood, solar and photovoltaics, methanation/biogas, …), it is proposed in this Interreg programme to place emphasis on the ability of the citizen to become more involved in the energy policy at a local level in innovative ways (new cooperation between private and public partners) from the design of the project to its successful realisation through funding. Initially it will be necessary to discuss the territorial challenges for the citizen energy economy, particularly examining the balance between available implementation tools and the needs expressed by project leaders. After this monitoring, efforts will be concentrated on finding ways to efficiently involve citizens in promoting low-carbon projects, to encourage local approaches and to sustain these until implementation. With this citizen involvement programme, territories would like to make a significant contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the territory.

Creation date: 17/06/2016

Bloc onglets

Bloc 1

Overall objective

In the short term to create a knowledge hub providing good citizen practices that promote local development of the energy economy in rural territories and support citizen approaches in the achievement of renewable energy production and intelligent implementation.

Bloc 2


- Development, monitoring and evaluation method following a bottom-up approach and a development strategy for citizen initiatives supporting renewable energies that encourage an inclusive territorial governance. - Approving a « citizen energy transition » charter - Knowledge hub of good practices for stakeholders in the citizen energy economy - Service to support citizen projects (from implementation to achievement) - Awareness campaign to encourage projects, the exchange of experiences and know-how between European projects - Collaborative platform providing opportunities for coordination, exchange and transfer between citizen energy transition partners - Operational partnership with larger social and solidarity economy companies and traditional operators with objectives to sustain citizen energy transition (involvement of cooperative companies) - Feasibility studies for local citizen projects - Local initiatives with multiple partners adapted to rural areas (renewable energies, network, …) - Benefits of value-creation in projects undertaken (?) - …

Bloc 3

Expected result

- Tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions avoided - Significant share of renewable energy in overall energy consumption - Number of community projects - Number of citizens involved in local initiatives

Bloc 4

Cross-border added-value

- Organize coordination, evaluation of experiences and transfer of know-how between European citizen energy transition partners. - Analyse and coordinate energy policies on different territorial levels (European Union, Interreg, France, regional, local). - Eliminate the boundary between European states on the specific shared problem of green growth in rural areas. - Encourage the multiplier effect of successful experiences over a broad European territory