The European Union has set out goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases, increase of the proportion of energy from renewable sources, and higher energy efficiency.
Within this context and through cooperation between the two border regions of Römerland-Carnuntum (AT) and Malacky (SK), this project aimed to create the conditions that would assist in the fulfilment of these goals.
Specifically the objectives were to:
Analyse the potential use of renewable energy in the Malacky region with special regard to biogas.
Create an energy model for the region of Römerland-Carnuntum.
Produce research to identify energy sources that can efficiently cover the seasonal peak demand.
The project activities focused on:
Preparing an analysis of the energy needs for the Malacky region.
Operating pilot investments in Malacky, including the introduction of solar heating in the municipal open air baths.
Preparing a feasibility study for a missing-link facility (specific seasonal peak coverage) in the region Römerland-Carnuntum.
Creating an accessible online energy check portal by translating it into Slovakian.
The project INREN, focusing on the cross-border area between the two capitals Vienna and Bratislava, achieved to build a cross-border network which managed to evaluate the energy potential of the area and concentrated its efforts in promoting sustainable development for the benefit of both countries.
The activities of the project included not only a demonstration of the potential of data collection in both regions regarding renewable energy but also paved the way for additional research and further education. Furthermore, it awaken interest amongst employers and employees on the value of renewable energy.
Aspects of good practice
The INREN project represents an innovative cross-border cooperation initiative towards achieving EU-wide goals and has created the ground for buiding up consecutive actions in the same field.
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