European regions are working hard to increase both their share of renewable energy and energy self-sufficiency. EU’s dependency on energy imports, particularly oil and natural gas, causes policy concerns relating to security of supply and increasing cost of energy affecting all sectors from households to agriculture and industries. The need to ensure security of supply puts the green transition at risk as regions may try to fulfil their energy needs by fossil fuels. On the other hand, the increasing price of fossil energy makes renewable energy an economically feasible option for the first time for many consumers.
In the EXPRESS project, the participating regions seek to increase their energy self-sufficiency and their share of renewable energy. Locally produced renewable energy contributes to sustainable development, in which the energy is produced in the region creating jobs and bringing local revenue. The project supports the REPowerEU targets to produce clean energy, save energy and diversify energy supplies in Europe.
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See below also the sectioned titled EXPRESS In Southeast Ireland for updates and upcoming events.
The EXPRESS Project Objectives Are To:
- Increase the share of renewable energy in the participating regions.
- Increase the energy self-sufficiency of the participating regions.
- Improve regional strategies to better consider the new energy sector operational environment to enable a rapid transition to locally produced renewable energy for heating, electricity and transportation.
The project will meet its objectives through interregional learning on good practices that can be incorporated to regional policy instruments to speed up the green transition to locally produced renewable energy.
- The Regional Council of North Karelia (Finland)
- South East Energy Agency (Ireland)
- Paris Climate Agency (France)
- The Marche Region (Italy)
- Rzeszow Regional Development Agency (Poland)
- Hajdú-Bihar County Government (Hungary)
- Alba Iulia Municipality (Romania)
- Public Institution for the Development of the Međimurje County REDEA (Croatia)
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EXPRESS is Possible Through Funding from the ERDF
Total Project Budget: € 1,858,983
ERDF Funding: €1,464,406.40
Project Length: 01 Mar 2023 – 31 May 2027
EXPRESS In Southeast Ireland
The EXPRESS project objectives are to increase the share of renewable energy in the participating regions, increase the energy self-sufficiency of the participating regions, and improve regional strategies to better consider the new energy sector operational environment to enable a rapid transition to locally produced renewable energy for heating, electricity and transportation.
The South East Energy Agency (SEEA) will aim to change the management of the policy instrument. SEEA will intend to influence the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES). SEEA will work with the Southern Regional Assembly to:
- Revise and develop a methodology for evaluating and delivering the policy instrument.
- Introduce new criteria for selecting the projects supported by the policy instrument.
- Publicise/advertise proposals associated with the policy instrument.
- Assist the managing committee, the Southern Regional Assembly, to implement the policy instrument.
Catch Up With Our Second EXPRESS Stakeholder Event – November 8th
On November 8th, 2023 we hosted Southeast regional stakeholders for our second EXPRESS Stakeholder Event titled: “Further Developing Renewable Policy in the Southeast”. These events are a valuable opportunity for us to engage with the industry and learn what are the barriers faced by those working in the renewable energy space. Please note, that we experienced technical difficulties early in the presentation so some of the recording is missing.
This presentation demonstrated some of the key findings from the first EXPRESS report, developed with help from attendees at our roundtable in August. As we continue to develop reports through EXPRESS we will host events like these to engage with the working and steering-level stakeholders.