R&D Network Regional Energy Concepts in the Baltic Sea Region

Duration: 10/2010 – 09/2011

The implementation of European and national targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions has to be carried out on regional and local level. By using domestic resources, energy imports can be avoided and for this reason regional value chains can be strengthened.

There are a lot of projects dealing with strengthening of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Europe. However, the development of integrated energy concepts for cities and regions, considering social and economic impacts as well as technical questions, are still rarely to be found, though their consideration is a precondition for high-level acceptance in society. Consequently, the objective must be to use innovative technologies to best integrate social, cultural and economic elements, considering differences among urban and rural areas.

Against this background, the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center in cooperation with its partners from Poland, Norway and Germany sought to foster the transnational exchange of knowledge and experiences between and within the involved regions and municipalities with reference to to the (further) development of distributed energy technologies. In numerous regional workshops and an international final conference, key aspects of successful regional energy concepts were discussed. A web-based communication platform guaranteed the continuous exchange of information among those involved.

This Project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


The workshop “Social Aspects of Regional Energy Concepts” took place in Leipzig on June 7, 2011.