1 March 2014

Within the EU budget 2014-2020, the next generation of European Structural and Investment Funds comprises a minimum of €23 billion to catalyse the 'shift to a low-carbon economy'. A mixture of different financing instruments provided by these European funds can support local governments, communities, local actions groups and other stakeholders to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in their communities.

1 March 2014

This compilation of best practical examples contributes to the development of viable financing and investment schemes for Community Power particularly in Central and Eastern European countries. It makes recommendations to to tackle financial barriers that prevent or delay the development of community-owned energy projects in the region. 

It draws conclusions for an optimal mix of financial instruments to support community renewable projects, especially in regard to the financing opportunities provided by the EU budget 2014 - 2020.

All reports & publications for this issue
    • Agriculture

      Food and farming in Europe and its global impacts

    • Agrofuels

      Plant-based fuels from agriculture. Also known as biofuels

    • EU-US trade deal

      What’s at stake in negotiations for a transatlantic trade agreement

    • Food speculation

      Betting on foodstuffs, and how to regulate it

    • GMOs

      Genetically modified crops and organisms

    • Land

      Measuring Europe’s land footprint and tackling the drivers of land grabbing

    • Nature

      Standing up for our right to nature

    • Nature

      Standing up for our right to nature

    • Resource use

      Europe’s consumption of land, materials, water and carbon

    • Shale gas

      Unconventional oil and gas, and the ‘fracking’ process

    • Tar sands

      Unconventional oil, also known as oil sands

    • Water use

      Measuring Europe’s water footprint