LIFE LOOP

LIFE LOOP – Local ownership of power Putting people at the heart of the clean energy transition

Description

The LIFE LOOP project connects local and regional governments and energy cooperatives to work together to set-up community energy projects in their neighbourhoods. Although both citizen energy cooperatives and local authorities have been front-runners of the energy transition, there are still many obstacles when it comes to fully unlocking a 100% community-led renewable energy transition. Due to different internal and external factors many municipalities do not yet give priority to clean community energy. As a result they lag behind when it comes to developing renewable energy infrastructure, capacities, and support. On the other hand, the community approach is not always valued by citizens, especially in the South-Eastern part of Europe. LIFE LOOP will first take shape in three pilot areas: Zagreb, Bistrita and the island of Crete will roll out local campaigns to raise awareness and mobilise citizens for the generation of community-owned renewable energy. Afterwards, the three pilots will share their experience with Gabrovo in Bulgaria, Ussaramanna and Villanovaforru in Italy, Nicosia in Cyprus and Tulcea in Romania. Those “satellites” will closely follow the pilot activities and will be supported in setting their own community energy targets and making their own projects come true. And in order to spread the community energy fever, LIFE LOOP will work with associated partners in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo and North Macedonia.

Objectives

With a focus on community solar and energy efficiency, the LIFE LOOP will:
Build capacity, empowering local and regional governments, local citizens and others to achieve clean community energy objectives through new partnerships and projects.
Secure funding to create new community energy initiatives
Reduce regulatory hurdles for community energy development in municipalities
Incentivise wider participation through a community energy-friendly training and award programme for municipalities, a resource library and match-making tools
Ensure people of all genders and abilities are empowered to participate on equal terms in energy communities that embody energy justice.
Focus on community solar and energy efficiency whilst exploring opportunities for wind, biomass, micro-hydro and clean transport.

Consortium

European networks
Energy Cities
REScoop.eu
Energy Cooperatives
Electra
ZEZMinoan Energy Community Crete
Cooperativa de Energia
Enostra
Local authorities & agencies
REGEA
Centre for Social Innovation Cyprus
City of Zagreb
City of Bistrița
City of Gabrovo
City of Ussaramanna
City of Villanovaforr
City of Nicosia
City of Tulcea

At a glance:

LIFE LOOP
LIFE EU

Project Duration:

36 months

Project Start:

01/10/2022

Project End:

30/09/2025

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Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the Other. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Project Number:

101077085 LIFE21-CET-ENERCOM-LIFE-LOOP

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