This question guided our workshop during the AlpWeek 2022 from 5 to 7 September in Brig-Glis, Switzerland. The AlpWeek is an international conference co-organised by leading Alpine organisations committed to mountain protection and sustainable development. Under the motto Alps in transition – Rethinking Alpine lifestyles for an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable transition around 100 participants exchanged their ideas about future life in the Alpine region.
The Interreg Alpine Space programme organised a workshop on energy efficiency where the three projects BB-CLEAN, e-SMART and ALPGRIDS from the period 2014-2020 presented their results. The discussion on how to improve energy efficiency in the Alpine Space produced the following outcomes:
- Raise awareness about energy scarcity
- Work with local communities
- Financial support
- Enabling legal framework
- Cross-sectoral approaches in public administration
- Involvement of/call for action to policy makers
- New/innovative sources of energy
The Interreg Alpine Space programme will continue to co-finance projects working on energy efficiency in the period 2021-2027. One example is our new small-scale project CERVINO, which facilitates the exchange and visualisation of energy data within the Alpine territory. Our next calls for project proposals open on 16 December 2022 for small-scale projects and in May 2023 for classic projects. Have a look at how to apply for funding here.