A socially fair energy transformation means putting renewable energy into the hands of communities and people – taking back power from the fossil fuel industry, which has consistently blocked action that threatens its own financial interest.
All over Europe, the energy revolution is gaining momentum. Individuals, communities, cities and local authorities are at the vanguard of Europe’s energy transition: they are increasingly controlling and producing their own renewable energy, and fostering the transition to fairer, democratic and decentralised energy. Community energy has the power to achieve an energy transformation more quickly, fairly and with added social benefits. And it has recently been boosted by new EU rights for people and communities to produce, sell and own renewable energy.
Friends of the Earth Europe together with Friends of the Earth groups in Hungary and Spain are working together to promote community energy in those countries and across Europe, between September 2018 and December 2020.
The project aims to achieve the shift to an enabling environment for community renewable energy in Hungary and Spain, building on best practice from across Europe. It ensures an implementation of new EU legislation provisions on community renewable energy (Renewable Energy Directive II) that were agreed end of 2018.
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). This website reflects the views only of the author, and cannot be regarded as reflecting the opinion of the funders mentioned above. The funders cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.