Renewable Cooperation of Rural Areas - RECORA


Project duration
  • March 2005 - December 2007

Lead Partner


Project description

There are several concepts, studies and documentations about resource saving possibilities pertaininig to renewable energy sources. The main problem, however, is not the access to sufficient knowledge about technologies, but rather the means for developing economically viable and ecologically sensible solutions. Facts such as budget restrictions and subsidy limitations often prevent decision makers from designing and implementing bio-energy projects. Therefore, there is a pressing need for a framework that will connect the resource supply side (farmers, communal waste management companies, etc.) directly with the resource demand side (communal companies, local businesses, handcrafts, industry, greenhouses, etc.) in order to provide the required context for project development to local/regional authorities. Thus, RECORA will produce robust guidelines and tools for decisionmakers in order to facilitate evaluation, planning and implementation processes for renewable energy projects.

RECORA has been designed under the assumption that the engagement of 8 partners from 5 EU countries will bring a wide range
of experience and expertise on renewable energy projects: The Lead Partner is the Waste Management Association of Tulln (AT),
while the other partners represent regional and municipal authorities, development agencies, and research institutions. They will cooperate in order to exchange experiences and to develop approaches, guidelines and tools (i.e. business plan model, feasibility study model, methods of approaching the community, vocational training and employment policies motivating energy resource suppliers and producers to engage in renewable energy projects. At the local level “Local Focus Groups” regional opinion leaders and policy makers will act as a feedback group in order to ensure that transnationally developed approaches will be taken on, accepted and used in implementations beyond the project duration.

The project will produce the following results: Increase knowledge among public authorities and local decision makers in planning and implementing renewable energy projects by using state-of-the-art methods and tools. Increase awareness and motivation of local and regional actors to participate in renewable energy projects from both the resource supply side (farmers, communal waste management companies, etc.) and the energy demand side (communal companies, local businesses, handcrafts, industry, greenhouses, etc.) by integrating them with research institutions, public administration into "Local Focus Groups LFG". Initiate the local strategic planning process and support a sustainable continuation beyond the project duration by bringing together the local decision makers with the “Local Focus Groups”.