To expand green energy on land, give local people a chance to engage and profit from renewable energy in their back yard. This is the philosophy of COBEN. Engaging with citizens, farmers, and companies, COBEN shows that local communities can be strong drivers of the green energy transition.
The project has built a network of over 3,000 stakeholders and created positive change across the region. As a result, 58 communities reduced their CO2 emissions. Initiatives include joint procurement, community schemes, and local ownership of green energy infrastructure.
In Flanders, Scotland and the Netherlands, the project has inspired regional and local strategies enabling citizens to get involed in green energy projects. Also, COBEN’s position paper outlines how the EU Energy and Electricity Directives can support civic energy in the member states.