More than 330 participants took part in the ETU Training Programme organised by the Interreg MED Renewable Energy community, which took place in the first quarter of 2021
The Interreg MED Renewable Energy community organised 19 online training sessions from January-March, dedicated to supporting municipalities from rural and island areas in the implementation of energy transition projects in their territories. 330 participants from a variety of stakeholder groups from Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro took part in the training programme. All participants are members of one of the project’s five regional groups: Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece.
Most attendees (173) were representatives from local communities or municipalities. However, representatives from sectoral agencies and universities, national and regional authorities, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and NGOs also participated in the sessions, and had the opportunity to discover the ETU Initiative and toolbox.
The training sessions – held in the local language of each regional group – introduced the energy plans and energy communities before delving into the ETU tools developed by the six modular projects from the project’s first phase: PEGASUS, StoRES, LOCAL4GREEN, PRISMI, ForbioEnergy and COMPOSE. These tools cover a variety of elements that integrate energy plans and that can boost the energy transition, from energy storage systems (StoRES) to fiscal policies (LOCAL4GREEN) or microgrids (PEGASUS). The participants were also invited to apply to the ETU Flagship Call.
With this training programme, the Interreg MED Renewable Energy community made a big step in the transferring process of the ETU model, which works as a roadmap for islands, villages, and even cities to join the green energy transition based on social innovation. Many of the livelihoods in rural and island communities depend on the environment, making these communities particularly vulnerable to climate change. For that reason, the Renewable Energy community developed a model to support these Mediterranean communities building resilience and promoting renewable energies. The ETU model takes into consideration the unique characteristics of these territories and integrates rural development into the energy transition of each region.