The European economy is shifting to become more resource and energy efficient. Together with this shift, a related trend of decentralisation can be observed. Local initiatives and actors, such as (organised) citizens and local governments play an increasingly important role in this shift. These actors cooperate in new innovative business models to pave the way for the transition to an economy which links sustainability and competitiveness.
The major emphasis in this work is proposed to be on “cooperative production, financing and use of low carbon technologies and related services”. A lesser emphasis is proposed on “collaborative models to finance and use technology”.
Twelve examples of cooperative production, financing or use of low carbon technologies have been used as case studies:
- Low Carbon Hubs
- Solar Schools
- EURONET 50/50
- Local energy cooperatives
- Online house renovation community
- PV purchase collectives
- Bike sharing
- Used Cooking Oils
- Energy performance contracts
- Municipal bonds
You can find more information about the project in the project website: www.lowcarbonconcepts.eu. You can also download the brochure which summarises these case studies in the link below.