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ENERGY NEIGHBOURHOODS

Event for the awards distribution. © ASDER

Teams of about ten homes are formed to represent their town, their neighbourhood or their company and compete with the goal to save as much energy as possible on consumption at home: heating, hot water, domestic equipment. Different actors take part in the project: local authorities (organisation, prices), NGO (advice, information, data collection) and the families (consumption survey, meetings, and savings!)

I Description of the measure

Information meeting. © Prioriterre

Title in original language: Familles à énergie positive

Location of CNA: France

Municipality / regional entity: Region Rhône-Alpes

Category of the experience: Measure
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Educational

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Energy

Spatial scale: Regional (large scale)
Time & duration:

Start date: November 2007
Duration: Still in progress

Key word(s): behaviour, challenge, savings

Objectives:

Each team is trying to achieve 8 % energy savings compared to the winter before the challenge. The challenge is based on the overall progress of behaviour: no matter where one starts, the key is to move forward together.

Activities:

Each group of 5 to 15 neighbourhood households who accepted the challenge to reduce their energy consumption by up to 20 % in six months time have its own energy master that is able to advise people on how to save energy and was there to collect the participants meter readings. The energy master is given full training and provided with the appropriate tools to aid success. What help is available to help achieve the challenge? - An energy audit of each house - A detailed calculation of energy savings - Information and tips on energy saving, grants and free gadgets - Encouragement and support from the neighbours, the energy master as well as the energy advice centre.

Results:

3000 homes have participated to the challenge and saved 3 000 MWh

II Assessment criteria

Information meeting. © Hespul

Mitigation effects: Medium

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Impacts on adaptation: Neutral

This project does not focus on adaptation

Impacts on environment:


- Landscape: Neutral
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Neutral
- Water / soil / air: Positive
- "Other": None

The energy savings have positive effects on air

Impacts on society:


- Social justice: Positive
- Regional / cultural identity: Neutral
- "Other": None

By giving advice to people to reduce their energy consumptions and therefore costs with no investments.

Impacts on economy:


- Employment / job creation: Neutral
- Added value / income: Neutral
- Know how / competitiveness: Neutral
- "Other": None

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Public relations impact and awareness-raising: Very high

Several ways of information (local newspapers and radios, local authorities, energy information points) are used to inform on the project.

Transferability: Very high

The experience has started in one département in the frame of a european project, and is now already implemented in many places in the Rhône-Alpes region. Every region with an energy information point or a local energy agency is able to implement similar projects.

Cross sectoral and integrative approach: Medium

This project is focusing on every energy consumption of households, and is used for awareness raising

Good governance: High

Several kind of partners work together: energy information points and local authorities

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Organizations of civil society

Energy Information Points are NGOs that educate and inform the general public freely and in an objective way on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Contact person(s):

Name: Guenaelle Carton
Institution: Prioriterre
Address: 3, rue René Dumont 74960 Meythet
Phone: +33 4 50 67 17 54
Email: guenaelle.carton@prioriterre.org

Online information:

www.familles-a-energie-positive.fr, with links to every territory where it is implemented, http://savoie.familles-a-energie-positive.fr/public/upload/ASDER/100ecogestes_partenairesSavoie.pdf, presentation of actions http://savoie.familles-a-energie-positive.fr/public/upload/ASDER/FAEP_tableau_releves_2011_Savoie.pdf, guide for consumer survey www.energyneighbourhoods.eu, european project

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