Energy neighbourhoods

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award


The overall objective of Energy Neighbourhood was to bring the ‘Kyoto protocol’ closer to the people - into their living rooms - by organising a challenge between the community and its citizens to save 8% on energy in the course of one winter. The participating households, ‘energy neighbourhoods’, were guided and supported by specially trained ‘energy masters’.

The launch date for the participants to start saving energy in their homes was 1 November 2008. They were challenged to save at least 8% on energy, and therefore 8% on their energy bill. The competition lasted for six months. Each participant could compete with friends, neighbours, colleagues, etc. against their municipalities, receiving support from the energy masters. Community groups (of at least 5-15 households) were trying to save energy by putting simple actions into practice. These actions are things that happen in our daily lives. That is why there was no need for any investment in order to achieve these energy savings. The local authorities played an important role at this stage of the project, as they could involve their own local energy policy in this competition and thereby put the Kyoto protocol into practice in the lives of their citizens. During the previous stages of the project, each partner recruited municipalities, households and energy masters, inviting them along to several information sessions, and held training courses for the energy masters. All participants, together with the municipalities and the energy masters, registered themselves on the online tool before the start of the competition. Then participants and energy masters entered their own metadata on the website in order to find out who the winner of the Regional Prize Award was, and subsequently the International Award, at the end of the competition.

Direct results of the project were energy savings of up to 7,704,000 kWh, cost savings of up to €250,099 and CO2 reductions of over 4,730 tons. But sustainable results were achieved too, such as a framework for future challenges including a guide, energy calculation and communication/ dissemination tool kit, training materials and a concept for campaigns and award ceremonies.

Overall, the award scheme increased the awareness and enthusiasm to save energy in households by creating a competitive spirit and by getting every household to control its consumption and thereby save energy at home, at work and at leisure.

Award info
Award category: citizen involvement
Award type: submission
Award year: 2009
Project type
Sector: Environment, climate change, agriculture (incl. food safety) and fishery
Type of activity: community and stakeholder participation
Keywords: Energy efficiency, climate change
Short English description: Direct results of the project were energy savings
Further information
Organisation: Fundacion Comunidad Valenciana - Region Europea
Other applicants:
Level of government:
Size of organisation: 50-100
Number of people involved:
Country: Belgium
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:

Energy neighbourhoods (50.8419867° N, 4.3851251° E)
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