RURALITIES Joins Forces with RENOVERTY to Drive Sustainable Rural Development

We are excited to announce a collaboration between RURALITIES and RENOVERTY, two pioneering projects dedicated to fostering sustainable development in rural communities. RENOVERTY, focused on energy-efficient building upgrades in vulnerable rural districts across Europe, and RURALITIES, committed to enhancing rural innovation and knowledge-based expertise, unite to amplify their collective impact.

In alignment with their shared vision for resilient rural communities, RENOVERTY and RURALITIES will collaborate to address energy poverty and drive positive change in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), South-eastern Europe (SEE), and Southern European countries (SE). Leveraging their respective expertise, the projects aim to create synergies that go beyond individual objectives, contributing to the holistic development of rural areas.

Key objectives of RENOVERTY project:

  • Promote the renovation of rural vulnerable districts and set the basis for the increase of energy efficiency in 17 vulnerable rural areas in 7 regions by providing individual household Renovation Energy Efficiency Roadmaps (REERs) according to the characteristics of the household and regions with the collaboration of at least 20 local actors. There will be support from 12 Local Action Groups (LAGs), one in each region for the building and implementation of these roadmaps. 
  • Provide a comprehensive model and guidelines for single REERs according to the different geographical and social contexts. The model will provide support to scale the project’s results and guide other public actors to renovate rural vulnerable districts after the project ends. 
  • Empower all (non) public actors in rural areas in becoming involved in the process of renovating vulnerable districts/buildings by identifying barriers and co-designing activities with the collaboration of private and public sectors. RENOVERTY will develop several tools and resources to enable knowledge on applying a successful integration of each phase to build the roadmap.


As RURALITIES and RENOVERTY embark on this collaborative journey, we anticipate a profound impact on rural development, energy efficiency, and community well-being. Stay tuned for updates on the synergies created by this powerful collaboration as we work towards a more sustainable and vibrant future for rural communities across Europe.



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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.