Co-managing energy & water assets: Lessons and policy recommendations from RECENT, a Renewable Energy Community Empowerment Project in Northern Europe
The transition to a low-carbon economy is one of the key priorities of the European Union. Co-managing of energy and water assets can deliver essential economic and environmental gains. The RECENT project, co-funded by the Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, has supported the development of community empowerment energy-water projects in rural communities. This event presents key lessons and how they can be part of the bigger picture to reach EU’s energy, climate and sustainability targets.
The project aims to build on the work completed in the Water Asset Renewable Energy Solutions (WARES) project. WARES demonstrated that small communities in the NPA region need help to identify and explore their hidden resources and build capacity.
RECENT aims to meet this demand and leave a lasting legacy through tangible solutions and improved level of organisational knowledge. The target communities are small, remote, and face challenges to public infrastructure, such as competing uses for land and water, combined with climate change impacts.
RECENT will support communities to become more energy-self-sufficient by developing small-scale solutions and building synergy between critical public infrastructures. These solutions will include energy recovery from waste water (waste heat and biogas), co-digestion of sewage and biowaste, land-use of digestate as well as a range of additional technologies appropriate to each region.