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CO-POWER event in Brussels, Belgium

Community energy across Europe: potential and successful results

16th March 2016, 8:30-12:00

Science14 Atrium, Rue de la Science 14b, 1040, Brussels

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Workshop objectives

We urgently need to change our energy system into one powered by renewable energy to end our dependency on fossil fuels and the harm they are doing to peoples, our climate and our environment. By putting communities and citizens at the heart of a shift to renewable energy we can achieve a transition more quickly, fairly and with added benefits.

All over Europe communities and citizens are already producing community owned renewable energy. However, many barriers still need to be tackled, such as the lack of political will for a transition towards renewables, and financial and legal obstacles to community owned projects.

The workshop will focus on the following topics:

  • Successful community renewable energy projects
  • Energy efficiency projects
  • CO-POWER project results

Target groups: EU and national policy makers, RES industry

After the workshop, CO-POWER is inviting all the registered participants to join the study tour in the community wind farm of Mollem with the Deputy Mayor of Asse/Mollem. The bus will depart from the venue, for more details please refer to the Agenda.



Tuesday 15th March 2016 


18:30 Reception at Friend of the Earth Europe
Mundo-b building, Rue d-Edimbourg 26,1050 Brussels



Wednesday 16th March 2016


08:30   Registration

Moderation: Juan Manuel Ugalde, WIP Renewable Energies


María Laguna
, Project Advisor at the EC Executive Agency EASME, on Intelligent Energy Europe and H2020 Energy Efficiency programmes 



Success of the CO-POWER project
Molly Walsh, Friends of the Earth Europe



Xabier Benito Ziluaga, Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left Member, PODEMOS, Spain


COP 21 - development and statements
Sonja Meister, Friends of the Earth Europe



Success stories
Moderation: Giorgia Rambelli, ICLEI European Secretariat

Lessons from Scotland: Case 1 - Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative
Anne Schiffer, Friend of the Earth Scotland




How can local engagement and shared ownership help to increase wind power deployment: Case 2 Wise Power Project Belgium
Mihaela Dragan, Environment and Planning Analyst, EWEA


What can a local administrator do to change the energy model: Case 3 Rubí brilla comprehensive energy, Rubí City Council
Irene Pérez Brot, Technician of Rubí Brilla



10:45 Coffee break  


Panel discussion
Moderation: Anne Schiffer, Friends of the Earth Scotland

How to fulfil the potential of Community Power across Europe
Panellist presentation:


Markus Trilling (on behalf of Julia Kryszkowska), Campaigner, CEE Bankwatch Network, Poland


Dirk Hendricks, Senior Policy Advisor, European Renewable Energies Federation

11:55 Final Comments

12:00 Lunch  

Location: Mollem, Belgium

The excursion if free of charge with limited places available. Interested participants confirm your assistance in the registration form.
13:10 Departure from:
Science 14 Atrium, Rue de la Science 14b, 1040, Brussels

14:00 Arrival at:
Mollem (40 mins from Brussels by bus)


Introduction to the CO-POWER community in Mollem

Welcome by:

Yoeri Vastersavendts, Deputy Mayor and Civil Servant in Asse/Mollem

Ben Michiels, Together for a Sustainable Asse

Bruno Moens, Kyoto in het Pajottenland






15:30 Visit the Mollem community wind farm

16:30 Departure to:

Arrival at :
Science 14 Atrium, Rue de la Science 14b, 1040, Brussels

End of the workshop  


CO-POWER is an IEE project in 12 European countries aiming to put people at the heart of increased renewable energy. For more information, visit: www.communitypower.eu





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