Empowering Rural Communities: Insights from the Rural Revival Webinar

The recent “Rural Revival: Empowered Communities and Sustainable Energy in a Changing Climate” webinar, held on March 1st, 2024, brought together experts and stakeholders to explore innovative solutions for rural development and sustainable energy practices.

The webinar began with an introduction followed by presentations of three projects: RENOVERTY, RuralBioUp and RURALITIES. Technoeconomics of Energy Systems laboratory (TEESlab), University of Piraeus Research Center (UPRC) and Marco Peretto, Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) discussed the RENOVERTY project, focusing on home renovation roadmaps to address energy poverty in vulnerable rural districts. They highlighted the project’s objectives, context, and findings, including a comprehensive report on energy poverty frameworks and policies in rural areas.

Gabor Mester from PEDAL Consulting, the coordinator of the RURALITIES project, then introduced RURALITIES and its multi-actor approach to engaging, connecting, and empowering rural actors. The project aims to foster collaboration and innovation in rural development.

Kristaps Makovskis from the Latvian State Forest Research Institute (LSFRI) Silava presented examples of rural development from the RuralBioUp project. He explained the project’s focus on the production of renewable biological resources and the value chain for converting these resources into value-added products, such as food, feed, and bioenergy. Makovskis highlighted innovative practices, such as using wood ash, peat, and biochar to create pellets for soil improvement, contributing to waste management and rural economy.

The webinar provided valuable insights into addressing energy poverty, fostering rural development, and promoting sustainability in changing climates. Participants gained knowledge and inspiration from the presentations, paving the way for future collaborations and initiatives in rural communities.



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement no 101060876. UK participants in Horizon Europe Project RURALITIES are supported by UKRI grant numbers: 10051963 The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership and 10050988 Earthwatch Europe.