A rapidly growing world population and increasing energy consumption in the developing and emerging countries have greenhouse gas emissions continue to skyrocket. The resulting climate change and extreme weather events following represent one of the greatest challenges in the 21st century. Therefore the main objective of RURES is to exploit the potential of RES and increase EE in rural regions as they have a great potential for reaching energy autonomy. Within RURES Local Support Group (LSG) will be established acting as regional energy network and composed of all relevant actors (public authorities, regional agencies, infrastructure providers) for implementing Energy Efficiency Plans (EEPs). Between the transnational LSG a cooperation agreement is signed to ensure exchange of experience processes.Best-practices of alternative financing models for EE/RES measures are researched and based on this feasibility studies are carried out how to implement the EEPs using those models. Pilot actions with testing innovative technologies on energy supply and demand side are implemented (ventilation with heat recovery, smart-metering, LED-lightning, PV for heat and current production, wind power and vegetable oil power plant, EE measures for water pumps, E-Tree). They have a clear show-character and are installed at high frequently visited places. Further the benefits and added value generated by exploiting RES is researched and an online calculator tool (municipal taxes, other incomes) is set up. Thus will allow to highlight the importance of a community oriented regional development. Through the transnational cooperation the gap between the different developed regions can be bridged, best practice experiences were exchanged and new ways (financial and technological) were pointed out. This will be ignition point for further investments in EE and RES, the exploitation of renewable energy sources can increase and directly causes in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.



Lead partner:

  1. Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH (DE)

Project partners:

  1. City of Leisnig (DE)
  2. Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités” (PL)
  3. Pa³eczinca Municipality (PL)
  4. Development agency Sienrgija Ltd. (SI)
  5. Municipality Puconci (SI)
  6. West Pannon Regional and Economic Development Public Nonprofit Ltd. (HU)
  7. Zala County Government (HU)
  8. Meðimurje energy agency Ltd. (HR)
  9. Regional development agency Meðimurje REDEA Ltd. (HR)
  10. Technical University of Ostrava (CZ)


Facts and information:

Programme: Interreg Central Europe

Lead Partner: Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH (DE)

Project Duration: 01/07/2017 – 30/06/2020 (36 months)

Total amount of project: 2 169 295 EUR

Total budget of Westpannon: 171 562 EUR


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