Debating the challenges for the implementation of Renewable Energy Communities and sharing knowledge in the areas of decarbonization and energy transition in the region were the themes of the meeting that the Committee for Coordination and Regional Development (CCDR) of the Algarve promoted, on the 2nd, with the Municipality of Lagos, the University of Algarve (UAlg) and the Algarve Regional Agency for Energy and Environment (AREAL), as part of the monitoring of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR).
The Municipality of Lagos is the promoter of the project «Lagos Business Area +Resiliente, +Green and +Digital», UAlg promotes the initiative «Culatra 2030 - Sustainable Energy Community» and AREAL has been carrying out projects in the fields of decarbonization and energy efficiency, in partnership with local authorities and companies in the region, using funds from the Algarve Operational Program – CRESC Algarve 2020 and the Interreg VA España-Portugal cross-border cooperation program (POCTEP).
As Renewable Energy Communities (CER) are entities – legal persons – made up of citizens, small and medium-sized companies, municipalities, among others, that use locally produced renewable energy to satisfy the energy needs of their members, while enjoying environmental, economic and social benefits.
The CERs are key figures in the dynamics of energy transition and sustainability in progress in the mentioned projects.
A Business Reception Area (AAE) of Lagos, which will receive around five million euros from the PRR, interconnects the component of green energy production for self-consumption with electric mobility and the digital transition, contributing to the sustainable growth of companies located in the business area.
On the other hand, the initiativeCulatra 2030 - Sustainable Energy Community” intends to create a pilot community in renewable energies on Culatra Island (Faro), having started by receiving European funds through the “Clean Energy for EU Islands” initiative, to foster the energy and environmental transition in a pilot fishing community.
In this meeting, within the framework of the CCDR's mission, as a coordinating body and the articulation of the various sectoral policies in the region, taking as an example these two pioneer projects, synergies and contributions to be developed were discussed, with the objective of contributing to achieving the goals of the National Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 (PNEC 2030) and the Roadmap for Carbon Neutrality 2050.