Policies for Renewable Energy Sources in industry

Project activities: The project seeks for possible improvements for local policies for renewable energy sources in industry to achieve 1) sustainable and low-carbon economic growth – decouple economic growth from increasing resources use. 2) more energy- and resource-efficient industrial sector – increasing local electricity production and on-site consumption is one of the key elements in decarbonisation of industry sector (as primary energy component in Estonian electricity mix is high, 3) applying RES to industry sector – reducing the use of fossil energy should be promoted – increasing the competitiveness of enterprises, stimulating eco-innovation and contributing to economic growth in the long-term.

With all of that competitiveness of industry sector most not be reduced. Fortunately, many existing RE technologies are proven to be effective, but introducing and reinforcing new RES technologies is important.

We have had good support in Estonia for transitioning district heating to renewable energy and improving efficiency. The resource efficiency measure for industry has been the next good step in improving efficiency and the transition to renewable energy. Our goal is to continue and further develop that direction by promoting national and international cooperation between the Parties.



Project is supported by European Regional Development Fund programme Interreg Europe.

Project budget: 1 630 554 € (incl ERDF support 1 380 020 €)
TREA budget: 184 050 €

Project duration: 2019−2023

Project aims: Increasing energy independency and competitiveness of the industry sector by decreasing its energy intensity trough higher integration of RES.

Project results:

  • One action plan in every country that are all together influencing 8,1 M€ of SF and 2,5 M€ non SF
  • 90 participants with increased capacity
  • 83 policy learning events
  • Collection of 10 best practices
  • 7 regional assessments with strategic analysis of RES technologies for regional industry

Project partners are seven organisations from seven countries:

  • Czech Technical University in Prague, University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings (CZ);
  • Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LAMK) (FI);
  • Extremadura Energy Agency (AGENEX) (ES);
  • Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA) (EE);
  • Marshal Office of Świętokrzyskie Region (PZ);
  • Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (AT);
  • Ministry for Gozo (MT)

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