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1 Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014 Dr. Elmar Römpczyk, Riga 2013

2 community energy, challenges E. Römpczyk, 2013 Baltic Energy Balance

3 community energy, challenges E. Römpczyk, 2013 Challenge

4 community energy, challenges E. Römpczyk, 2013 Challenge

5 community energy, challenges E. Römpczyk, 2013 Challenge IPCC 2013

6 community energy, challenges E. Römpczyk, 2013 Challenge

7 community energy, challenges E. Römpczyk, 2013 Challenge

8 community energy, challenges E. Römpczyk, 2013 Challenge

9 community energy, challenges E. Römpczyk, 2013 Challenge

10 in Berlin : community energy, challenges E. Römpczyk, 2013 in Brussels : in Riga ? Challenge

11 community energy, challenges E. Römpczyk, 2013

12 The Baltic Times, Aug, 8-21, 2013 Challenge

13 community energy, challenges E. Römpczyk, 2013

14 community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013 Yasuní

15 EU BSR S for whom? Dr. Elmar Römpczyk, 2012 community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013 energy save Regional food

16 community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013 energy save Regional marketing

17 community energy, opportunities 2008 E. Römpczyk, 2013 energy save mobility

18 community energy, opportunities 2013 E. Römpczyk, 2013

19 Amatciems: CHP ? solar panels ? just beauty community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013 energy save Green Communities

20 Heating + Power Heating + Power Housing / construction Housing / construction Communication Food / processing Food / processing Mobility Participation Education comprehensive sustainable lifestyle community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013 to benefit from opportunities we need a Strategy of Change

21 Inter-generational Strategic linkages (technical-social services; food; culture; communication) International networking Jühnde (Germany) target: autonomy in decentralised energy production via CHP a strategy needs Participation community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013

22 75% of Jühnde´s households join short distance heating net to grid el. power CHP Bio Gas heat central short distance heating grid el. power Strategy needs INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY Green Communities & Green Economy & decoupling of growth - resources Strategy needs IMPLEMENTATION

23 City of Schönau (2.500) transformed itself into Energy Cooperative; by now a self-sustained regional utility ( clients) community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013 strategy for BUSINESS like highest European endowment : German Environment Award 2013 a strategy needs PUBLIC ESTEEM like highest US award : Goldman Environmental Prize 2011

24 The Schönau-Cooperative is not anymore located only in the Black Forest. Through a small extra charge from the customers the Cooperative (EWS in German) promoted new, ecological power generators all around Germany, on windy fields, sundrenched rooftops or in basements in the form of washing machine-sized heating aggregates. This helps to decentralise power generation and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by s.th. like tons a year. Schönau is a concept of peaceful rebellion of engaged citizens who show that our energy policy really can be transformed and climate change can be slowed down. Besides, there is proof that nuclear power is of no need at all. EWS is an inspiring example of how small- or mid-size towns can generate their own clean electricity and stand up to the unclean energy imposed by the big energy suppliers. Why such honour to Schönau? community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013

25 Re-communalisation as NATIONAL PROCESS Sector Strategies Energy Water Sewage Waste Local mobility Hospitals, clinics Re-communalisation has much to do with Re-democratisation It´s not only money… plebiscite

26 Wind Water Sun clean energies installed smart supply – demand-based decentralized – compact Inhabitants community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013

27 Växjö (Sweden) Fossil Fuel Free City since 1996 reduce the use of electric energy per inhabitant by at least 20 % by the year 2015 compared to 1993 reduce the fossil CO 2 emissions per inhabitant by at least 50 % by the year 2010, and by at least 70 % by the year 2025, compared to 1993 core element of Philosophy of Change community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013 Affluence

28 Energy- reduction: local administration, civic participation; international networking Formation of the energy transition, conference in Växjö of April, 2013 Annual Meeting Energy-Cities and Klimatkommunernas community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013

29 Local and regional strategy for change needs: a driver and a roadmap with intermediate stages & targets definition of responsibilities (individual, institutional) provision of qualified staff and financial resources monitoring & evaluation of successes and failures during process Lessons learnt from Jühnde, Schönau, Växjö and others : Contents of the Strategy: Regional co-operation & co-ordination (networking) Comprehensive spacial development Promotion of local / regional economies Natural resources management (sustainable) Eco-tourism & preservation of cultural identity Community Energy ? yes, possible

30 Re-communalisation Energy Water Sewage Waste Local mobility Hospitals, clinics AdvantagesDisadvantages Need-driven services, quality vs quantity Profit-driven services, quantity over quality De-centralisation, less gridsBig plants with extended grids, monopoly Civic identification, participation Foreign interests, external decisions Nuclear-free energiesEnergy-mix incl. NPP Communal networking increase effectivity Individualised relation with external corporation (utility) Profits for communal social business Profits for external finance interests Cross over subsidies to stimulate non-profit sectors (culture, sports) Profits escape from municipalities or investment capital has to be organised, or effective regulations and control; in both cases professional staff is indispensable strong interests from private companies against communal regulations Re- communalisation promotes Re- democratisation

31 lessons learnt extend beyond energy…. community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013 Freiburg

32 urban areas play an important, but underestimated role in our food system. Change needed & possible: short distribution channels; new producer-consumer networks community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013

33 energy & food food farm in abandoned factory, Dresden Ex-airport, Berlin urban food farm, Linköping / S urban food farm in abandoned factory Dresden; ex-airport, Berlin

34 energy & food & biodiversity urban gardening Andernach Edible City community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013

35 The best kilowatt-hour is the one that is not used Saving energy has to do with smart technologies, social and cultural innovations & change of our lifestyle Rebel energy projects are viable (Jühnde, Schönau, Växjö, Hamburg, Freiburg …) We are learning from rebel energy projects for other segments of a new lifestyle (food, green economy, communal democracy …) community energy, opportunities E. Römpczyk, 2013 my lessons learnt from a dynamic process : re-communalisation of energies is a change–agent for new lifestyle

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