Local renewable energy opportunities generated through knowledge exchange, capacity building and training on sustainable forest management and energy transition.
The ENFOCC project aims to foster a new energy and forestry culture amongst local authorities, various economic sectors and the general population. Its aim is to generate a significant impact in Catalonia’s rural areas.
Through knowledge transfer around the concepts of energy, forestry and climate, the project has contributed to sustainable forest management and improved the on-the-ground stakeholders’ capacities to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Various targeted activities were undertaken to improve and promote rural sustainability, including energy accounting for energy and efficiency savings linked to a change in the energy model. Renewable energies based on local sources, such as biomass, were also promoted, as well as other actions, like electric mobility, to combat climate change.
The project has increased alternative energy production and consumption through the construction of almost 80 biomass boilers that promote the use of local resources from sustainably managed forests. Capacity building and awareness-raising activities have played a central role in the project’s coordinated approach towards increasing rural areas’ commitment to climate mitigation and adaptation actions.
With regards to energy accounting and energy transition, the project has also developed and applied different tools which provide users with an overview of their consumption, the opportunities for consumption reductions and use of renewable energy and the cost savings potential.