ALTERENERGY, from “ECOMONDO 2014” to the Adriatic Convention

The Adriatic community of renewable energy created within the Strategic Project ALTERENERGY (Lead partner Puglia Region), launches internationally. After taking part at the ‘ECOMONDO 2014’ fair with a stand and workshop, the project is scheduled for the Adriatic Convention in Albania (24th-25th November 2014).

The Strategic Project ALTERENERGY (Energy Sustainability for Adriatic Small Communities) will be part of the fair “Ecomondo 2014” with a stand opened to the public until the 8th of November and an international workshop promoted together with the collaboration of the Emilia Romagna Region. “Ecomondo Fair” is a reference platform for the Mediterranean Basin dedicated to the main European and International strategies on the eco-innovation and transformation of waste into a resource.

In the interest of "green growth" in line with EU objectives on climate and energy "20-20-20 ", the ALTERENERGY partnership is ready to share integrated models of energy management that since September 2011 have been planned and applied in small communities across the Adriatic area. The fair in Rimini, now in its 18th edition, is a showcase for the Strategic Project funded by the IPA Adriatic Cross-border Programme for 2007-2013, not only for promoting international processes of sustainable development, but also for the benefits of economic development. The ‘business’ approach in fact, implemented by ALTERENERGY, favours substantial investments and internationalization projects. The next step scheduled is the Adriatic Convention in Albania (24th-25th November 2014) where representatives of the companies in the fields of RES and RUE operating in the Adriatic will all meet.

The Strategic Project relies on a partnership of 18 organizations, regions, ministries and energy agencies of all Countries of the Adriatic area: Italy (Puglia - Mediterranean Department Lead Partner, Abruzzo, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Marche, Molise, Veneto), Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. The Regional Councillor for the Mediterranean Silvia Godelli says: “ALTERENERGY has made a strong impact on the cooperation between Adriatic countries for renewable energy sources. This is an exemplary project of sharing matters linked to the new frontiers of sustainable energy”. At the end of October Godelli has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the mayor of Sant’Agata di Puglia Luigi Russo.

Sant’Agata di Puglia is a small town in the province of Foggia that has been selected amongst other towns in the Puglia territory to apply for and experiment with the sustainable management models of energy resources, costing about 2 million Euros. "Sant'Agata di Puglia, together with  59 other target communities selected across the Adriatic area, will soon become a model, a pilot case in the field of renewable energy and energy conservation and it will become part of a virtuous chain of small and medium business in this field", the Puglia Region Mediterranean Department’s Manager Bernardo Notarangelo said.

ALTERENERGY, with its 60 small communities, has so far achieved: 39 signed Memorandum of Understandings, 21 Energy evaluations, 21 SEAP (Sustainable Energy Action Plan), 39 feasibility studies completed, and 18 capacity building activities produced. Considering the initial objectives of the project which was limited to 18 communities involved, the aim is now to activate an ‘Adriatic community of renewable energy’, a prestigious international network for sustainable energy with a base of common knowledge and methodology to create replicable models through a work program structured into several packages, and with a total budget of € 12.5 million Euros. At the moment there are: 2 pilot infrastructural interventions being carried out in Puglia and Albania and 6 demonstrative actions in Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Greece. In addition to this all the financial analysis for the capability of implementation of all the feasibility studies produced by the partnership, the awareness campaigns to enhance the "public audience" and a participatory approach to energy planning.


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