About project TERRE

TERRE Territory, Energy & Employment is project co-funded from South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme, in which involves 13 partners from 9 countries: Italy, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania. Total value of the project is 2,185,630.00 EUR. TERRE intends to experiment and demonstrate that a wise & integrated exploitation of endogenous resources to produce renewable energy is an effective engine for a self-generated and sustainable local development in the areas, based on PPP between public institutions, private operators, and local communities, to get revenues and employment opportunities in less developed or marginal zones, and thus to promote tailored paths of growth and development based on a proper use of local resources.

Due to multilevel and cross-sector characteristic of TERRE and the fact of not being strictly an energy project, the target groups and stakeholders will belong to various activities and disciplines: 

Target groups/end users:

  • policy makers in a broader sense (politicians, administrators, officials)
  • managers and staff of local development agencies and energy bodies
  • managers of NGOs
  • other end users (social groups): women, children, teenagers/students, aged people, disables, etc.) 

Stakeholders

  • managers of investment bodies
  • farmers
  • breeders
  • wood companies
  • managers of renewable energies companies
  • local communities as involved in local development

Main objectives

  • to analyze the peculiar characteristics of each territory (as natural and human resources, as well as landscape, cultural and economic characters), its potential for biomasses production from woods, agricultural and breeding activities, sun irradiation and availability of surfaces where to locate photovoltaic plants, wind and water capacity as well as the local energy demand (including heating)
  • to elaborate, on the basis of the estimated potential for producing renewable energies, through the implementation of a transnational decision support system, technical economic-financial plans in each area, in order to promote economically, socially and environmentally sustainable local development.
  • to strengthen the durability and sustainability of local development according to structured processes of capacity building and participation of local actors. The aim is to elaborate and share with public institutions, stakeholders (overall local private operators and investors in renewable energies) as well as with local communities, the above mentioned catalogue of investment opportunities.
  • to promote a well-targeted capacity building (considering knowledge & human resources as the strongest and durable "renewable energy", addressed to groups of politicians and officials who should become more experienced in the integrated planning and governance of areas development, based overall on Public Private Partnership (PPP) & networking between different institutional level (regions, provinces, municipalities) and different growth areas at regional, national and transnational scale. The partnership involves a balanced mix of local authorities, university, energy & development agencies, NGO and chamber of commerce, distributed in 9 countries.

Expected results

  • the development of 12 set of scenarios on renewable energies potential and socio-economic and environmental impacts on territories based on the application of a common Decision Support system (DSS) that helps the concerned administration to underline potentialities and opportunities, as well as critical issues, conflicts, bottlenecks, risks and threats, which might arise from the implementation of local development strategies based on RES;
  • the definition of 1 TERRE's Transnational model related to the sustainable and balance exploitation of RES as engine for the local development to be used as driver for the preparation of the technical & financial local plans capable to bring investments;
  • the design of 12 local technical-economic-financial plans addressing strategies and actions for local development based on RES, strictly depending on the characteristics and "vocation" of the territories concerned, as well as to environmental, social and economic sustainability criteria;
  • the issue of 1 Transnational Catalogue of Investment Opportunities on Renewable Energies for Local Development, which - having analysed the key issues of each local plan -defines a comparative range and opportunities of synergies and investments in RES for local development;
  • the realization of pilot investments and the range of actions activated to catalyse investments and funds based on the TERRE's patter and own local plans, concretely testing the feasibility of the approach set by the project;
  • the increase of knowledge of the involved administrations and their local communities through the organization of regional capacity building (around 500 people involved) consisting in the empowerment and arise awareness, as well as elaborate stakeholders preferences, aspirations and visions and the elaboration of a crossing transparent vision and emerging conflicts due to the exploitation of the RES in the concerned project areas;
  • the involvement, thanks to the appropriate usage of the several communication channels, of 260.000 people, out of which 15.000 directly affected by the message.

This output-oriented approach of TERRE project can really determine long lasting positive effects on the local energy policies because it can overcome the ideological obstacles to energy plants investments across the civil society and can convince policy maker to invest in RES by adopting models and patters, based on a multi-sectorial approach, that puts forward the environmental and landscape protection and social inputs, such as the fair redistribution and employment, in exploiting the natural resources for energy purposes, with further positive impacts on employment in depressed, underproductive or depopulating areas.