The aim of the new NPA co-funded SECURE project is to transfer and implement innovative energy solutions for housing and public infrastructure across NPA regions with different maturity-levels. Knowledge transfer will be demand-led, supported by a quadruple helix approach, and impact will be maximised by focusing implementation in small smart energy communities and building up local authority capacity.
The kickoff seminar will invite discussion, examine best practice and promote transnational networking on a number of issues specifically related to awareness raising and societal support, such as:
- How can we encourage citizens to be part of the transition to future energy paths and the policymaking process that goes with it?
- Given the scale of changes required, what are the right mechanisms to engage communities and build awareness?
- What formal and informal approaches could be used to increase energy awareness?
- How can public authorities develop and share effective messages?
- What activities and programs have been successful transnationally?
With a heightened awareness of the need for increased energy efficiency and renewable technology solutions comes an opportunity to engage communities and actively involve them in the transition towards a low-carbon society.
Effective engagement with local communities is an integral part of the SECURE project. Therefore, this event will equip partners with practical strategies, verified techniques and transnational know-how to ensure a positive project outcome.
The seminar is co-financed by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and is arranged in cooperation with the GREBE (Generating Renewable Energy Business Enterprise) and Poveria biomassasta projects.
Date: 18 May 2016 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Metla House, Yliopistokatu 6, FI-80101, Joensuu, Finland