The Renewables Networking Platform (RNP)

Making Europe Number 1 in Renewable Energy

On 1 March 2017, EUFORES and six partners started a new project, called the "Renewables Networking Platform". The project is funded and implemented with the support of the European Commission, DG ENERGY. The platform is intended to include all levels, from the European, to the national, regional and local one and will cover all EU Member States.  

This platform will connect European and national policy makers, members of parliament, regulators, scientific experts, industrial representatives and citizen groups in order to enhance exchange of information and cooperation with the final aim of facilitating the development of sound policies which ensure that the at least 27% renewable target is met cost-effectively.

 

The main objectives of the project are:

  1. Create a renewables networking platform to encourage exchange between the institutions and the EU Member States and thereby ensure that the latter adopt appropriate measures for the EU to meet the 2030 renewable energy targets. 
  2. Support local and regional authorities in deploying renewables

Under the first objective a broad range of events will be carried out:

  • 56 national parliamentary workshops in EU28 (twice in each national parliament)
  • 4 annual high level experts' conferences on RES-E, RES-T, RES-H&C
  • 4 Inter-Parliamentary Meetings
  • Plus, a broader range of larger and smaller events and meetings on the Brussels and national level (EP Dinners, EU Council Presidency Breakfasts, EP Dinners, meetings with national ministries, meetings and exchanges with European Commission, with European and national stakeholders (associations, research institutes etc.)

Furthermore, an EU-wide network of national contact points will be stablished to promote coordinated and concerted actions to ensure that Member States adopt appropriate measures to meet the EU 2030 target on renewable energies. In addition, this platform will monitor Member States’ policies on renewable energy and assess their compatibility with EU legislation. The project will also develop a public database with the information gathered on national measures and obstacles and best practices for the renewable energy deployment. 

The second objective aims at supporting local and regional authorities who are willing to achieve a high rate of renewable deployment on their territories through the setting up of a locally-tailored definition of a renewable-powered territory. 

In order to achieve the second objective the project will gather best practices from all EU Member States on renewable deployment at city level. Moreover, it will analyse the local and regional bottlenecks to further boost the generation of renewable energies. 

It will carry-out case studies of cities and regions committed to reach 100% renewable energy by 2050 and publish a methodological guidebook with concrete steps and guidelines to help local authorities engage into the transition towards high penetration rate of renewable energy. Furthermore, it will develop awareness raising and communication tools to disseminate the findings and the activities carried out throughout the project. 

The Renewables Networking Platform project started on the 1st of March 2017 and will run until the 28th of February 2021. 

The partners of the RNP project are: EUFORES, EREF, eclareon, Energy Cities, TU Vienna, Fraunhofer Institute ISI and Ecofys. The project is coordinated by EUFORES.  

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