The project aims to build on the work completed in the Water Asset Renewable Energy Solutions (WARES) project. WARES demonstrated that small communities in the NPA region need help to identify and explore their hidden resources and build capacity. RECENT aims to meet this demand and leave a lasting legacy through tangible solutions and improved level of organisational knowledge. The target communities are small, remote, and face challenges to public infrastructure, such as competing uses for land and water, combined with climate change impacts. RECENT will support communities to become more energy-self-sufficient by developing small-scale solutions and building synergy between critical public infrastructures. These solutions will include energy recovery from waste water (waste heat and biogas), co-digestion of sewage and biowaste, land-use of digestate as well as a range of additional technologies appropriate to each region.
Who are the project partners?
• International Resources and Recycling Institute (IRRI), Edinburgh, Scotland
• Claremorris Irish Centre for Housing, Claremorris, Ireland
• Mayo County Council, Ireland
• Jokkmokk Municipality, Sweden
• University of Oulu, Norway
• Action Renewables, Northern Ireland
What are the project objectives?
• To increase the capacity of communities to develop their own solutions for reliable, energy efficient public infrastructure;
• To maximise energy asset management in water services;
• Knowledge exchange programme leading to increased awareness and sustainable public policy;
• Robust, sustainable community projects that will be self-sufficient post NPA funding.
What are the project deliverables?
• 24 pilot energy projects in 5 NPA countries;
• 6 of the pilots will demonstrate symbiotic solutions of energy use of by-products;
• Benchmarking pilot solutions to gain benefit from the transnational collaboration;
• Knowledge exchange programmes, with workshops, best practice guidelines and templates to improve the stock of organisational knowledge and have a positive impact on public policy.
• Contribution to policy and debate on sustainable community energy at regional, national and European levels through the development of a multi-level stakeholder group, interacting nationally and trans-nationally, with the RECENT partners who will act as the secretariat.
What is the Project Budget?
The overall project budget is €1.7m with €1.1m being provided by NPA. Action Renewables has a budget of €216765.46, of which they are providing 50% match funding.
What is Action Renewables Role in the Project?
Action Renewables are leading on Work Package 2 – Communication Activities. This includes creating a communications programme at the outset for the duration of the project, responsibility for the project website, producing promotional material including flyers, bi-annual newsletters, bi-annual email bulletins, a project DVD and project blog and social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram). A major part of this work package is also creating the project branding including Logo and PowerPoint templates to ensure consistency across the project.