The flagship initiative of Europe 2020 strategy that Coop 2020 identifies with most is: “Towards a resource efficient Europe: decouple economic growth from the use of resources, by decarbonizing the economy, increasing the use of renewable sources, and promoting energy efficiency”. This is because the project focuses on 2 main approaches:
- the realisation of energy savings
- the generation of energy from different renewable sources
These activities will form the backbone of a “rural smart-grid” and support real life evidence that decentralised, distributed power generation is economically feasible and desirable.
Co-financed by the LIFE+ program this project aims to demonstrate the economic and environmental viability of a new business model for agricultural cooperatives, integrating energy savings and the generation of renewable energies and biomass production.