Our objectives• To share experience• To increase understanding between rural energy stakeholders• To highlight innovative solutions to some of the barriers faced in implementing sustainable energy projects in rural and mountain communities
Three themes• Agriculture and energy – the role of agriculture in renewable energy production and energy efficiency• Multi-level governance in rural areas – from political commitment to bottom-up policy, from the community to the Covenant of Mayors, from policy to action• Technical and technological solutions – for energy saving in rural and mountain buildings and for decentralised energy systems; innovation and know-how
Agenda2:00 pm Introduction2:20 pm Introductory presentations2:55 pm Small groups activity 13:20 pm Small groups activity 23:40 pm Small groups activity 34:00 pm Sharing results4:30 pm Conclusions4:45 pm Cocktail and networking
• Agriculture – Sophie Merle, Association for Local Energy & Environment Initiatives (AILE), France – Guillaume Defays, Centre Wallon de Recherches Agronomiques (CRA-W), Belgium – Edita Vagonyte, European Agency for Biomas (AEBIOM)• Governance – Jens Zvirgzdgrauds, Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) commission – part of the Committee of the Regions.• Technology – Bart Vercoutere, Commercial Director of Royal Haskoning, an Anglo-Dutch engineering consultancy
Discussion Groups• You have been placed into a small group to discuss each workshop theme• Keep in the same group for all activities• At your allocated table, groups discuss questions on one of the themes and record ideas and recommendations on flip- chart paper.• After 25 minutes, groups move to another table to consider a different theme, leaving their flip-chart paper behind.• At the next table, each group spends 15 minutes reviewing the ideas and recommendations made by the earlier group, refining or adding to these.• At the final table, each group spends 15 minutes reviewing the ideas made by the earlier group, and prioritising their recommendations.• Each group visits 3 tables in total.
1st 2nd 3rdGroup Table Theme Table Theme Table Theme 1 A Agriculture I Technology F Multi-level Governance 2 E Multi-level Governance B Agriculture J Technology 3 I Technology F Multi-level Governance C Agriculture 4 B Agriculture J Technology G Multi-level Governance 5 F Multi-level Governance C Agriculture K Technology 6 J Technology G Multi-level Governance A Agriculture 7 C Agriculture K Technology E Multi-level Governance 8 G Multi-level Governance A Agriculture I Technology 9 K Technology E Multi-level Governance B Agriculture So Group 4 begins at table B, then moves to table J and finishes at table G.
Concluding Remarks• Lambert Van Niljsterooij, MEP and member of the European Parliaments Committee on Regional Development.