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Covenant Supporters are defined as not-for-profit organisations (associations of local and regional authorities, networks, thematic agencies …) with the capacity to promote the Covenant of Mayors and to mobilise and support their members and/or local authorities to reach the Covenant of Mayors’ objectives.

They take action on their territories and areas of expertise (e.g. energy, environment, water, air), and at different levels of governance (e.g. European, national, and regional/local) to promote the Covenant of Mayors initiative and support the commitments of their signatories. With expert knowledge of the regulatory, legislative and financial framework under which they operate - be it at the local/regional, national or European level – Covenant Supporters are ideally placed to provide tailored advice to signatories and identify synergies with existing initiatives.

RURENER

Profile

President:Jacky Aignel
Country: France
Website: http://rurener.eu

Contact

Main contact: Christelle LEFEVRE
Position: chef de projet

Strategy

Who we are

The RURENER project is a network of small rural communities (villages and small towns) that want to reach a neutral energy print at the local level.

The Network brings tools and methods to support its members’ energy strategy set-up and evaluation. It allows them to share experience, learn from each other and promote their action through mentoring and twining activities.

Thanks to this support, small rural municipalities implement concrete action plans at the local level aiming at energy efficiency. Production of renewable energy sources, investment to save energy in buildings, education, information, etc. are at the heart of the local energy strategies. The different actions set up lead to better use of local resources and opportunities and bring innovative local development to small rural communities throughout Europe.

RURENER disseminates actions and results to welcome new members and becomes a living network of villages and small towns committed to Energetic Neutrality objectives.

RURENER is built by a consortium of 12 project partners from: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Romania, Hungary and the UK.

Benchmarks

BRAINSTORMING ON THE PROVINCIAL SUPPORT SERVICE TO ENGAGED MUNICIPALITIES IN BELGIUM
Category: Awareness raising
Description: What should the support service offered by a province to its municipalities action be composed of? That is what the representative for the province of Luxembourg, Thérèse Mathy, supported by Innergies within the scope of the European Project “100% RES Communities”, was willing to define during this second project meeting. The province wishes to set up a concrete help service for municipalities willing to sign the Covenant of Mayors. “This clearly indicates how committed to becoming a Territorial Coordinator under the Covenant of Mayors the province really is, stresses Stéphane Hartman, head of the Sustainable Development Cell. Moreover, as a partner of the 100% RES Communities Project, we are responsible for supporting the establishment of a joined plan of action. Therefore, we must meet the expectations because we will coordinate the engagement of 13 municipalities Campaign within the Convenants of Mayors. These municipalities expect a support service of good quality”. WHAT ARE THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE MUNICIPALITIES ENGAGED IN THE COVENANT OF MAYORS? The aim of every signatory municipality to the Covenant of Mayors is to equal, or even to exceed the European targets for a massive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, namely a 20% cutback by 2020. To this end, the signatories agree to establish a sustainable energy plan of action paired with a CO2/Energy inventory. The inventory will be used to quantify the starting situation on a territorial level on the one hand (what are the sources of greenhouse gas emissions on the territory? Where do they come from? Etc. ). On the other hand, it will be used to identify the sources of energy savings and renewable production. The plan of action will serve as the necessary tool for the municipality to reach the agreed goal. HOW CAN A PROVINCE HELP THE MUNICIPALITIES TO REACH THEIR GOALS? First of all, the province needs to help them accomplish the most difficult task: the CO2 assessment. Indeed, it is not easy, espec
Signatories involved: province of Luxembourg

 


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Benchmarks Language
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES IN THE AUSTRIAN TOWN OF VILLACH en
JOINT SEAP: TWO BELGIAN APPROACHES COMPARED en
STEPS TOWARDS 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY AT LOCAL LEVEL IN EUROPE en
WHICH FINANCING POSSIBILITIES DO COMMUNITIES HAVE FOR TURNING A SEAP INTO ACTIONS? en
DRAFT SEAP: AFTER THE AUTOPSY TO MUNICIPAL REPRESENTATIVES en
SWITCHING-OFF PUBLIC NIGHT LIGHTING: A NEW ACTION FOR PAYS DE L’ALBIGEOIS ET DES BASTIDES, FRANCE. (PAB) en
HOW TO INVOLVE CITIZENS IN THE FINANCING OF PROJECTS? en
ROAD MAP TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT AND WORK TOWARDS ENERGY NEUTRALITY en
BRAINSTORMING ON THE PROVINCIAL SUPPORT SERVICE TO ENGAGED MUNICIPALITIES IN BELGIUM en
SEAP MONITORING AND FOLLOW-UP EVOLVES IN VAL D'ILLE JOINT COMMUNITY en
MAYOR OF RETHEM GIVES INSIGHTS INTO SUCCESS FACTORS OF THE REGIONAL ENERGY TRANSFORMATION en
A BORNING FIGHT FOR THE 50 %? en
NEIGHBOURS ADVICE MIGHT SPROUT en
WATER PROTECTION, ENERGY PRODUCTION: TWO GOALS IN SYNERGY THROUGH A FAISABILITY STUDY en
HOW DIFFERENT IS COMMUNITY ENERGY MANAGEMENT IN SCOTLAND AND IN HUNGARY? en
MOBILE THERMOGRAPHY : A NEW TOOL FOR RURAL TOWNS AND SUBURBAN AREAS ? en
PROVINCE OF LUXEMBOURG (BELGIUM): A METHOD FOR 100% RES VISION IMPLEMENTATION en
HOW TO CONVERT A SEAP INTO RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENTS? en
ALLER-LEINE-VALLEY: A REGION RELYING ON ITS NATURAL STRENGTHS en
CREAM OF GALLOWAY DIVERSIFICATION MODEL en
TOOLBOX FOR SEAPS OF RURAL TERRITORIES : “CLIMAT PRATIC” AND “CLIM'AGRI” en
WATCH-OUT FOR SOURCES... en
BE VISIBLE AT EUROPEAN LEVEL, GET THE 100% RES COMMUNITIES LABEL! en
Last updated at: 7 November 2012
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