Collection of RES data at local level and giving visibility to front-runners

Want to know how renewable your territory is?
Published by Yannick Régnier on 16/07/2013

The RES Champions League is a network of national RES leagues, which aims at creating a positive renewable energy competition between European local authorities and communities. It makes visible the diffusion of renewable energies at local level, provides rankings based on simple indicators and identifies front running local authorities and communities across Europe. The national RES League is a very effective way of getting quantitative data on renewable energies from a wide range of actors and giving visibility to active and deserving local authorities and communities.

The first indicator of the RES Champions League was based on the "installed power / inhabitants" ratio. The new indicator combines the production from all renewable energy sources and the energy consumption (either estimated or real upon the data available) to give an estimation of the RES share in a territory (% of autonomy). Rural towns and territories are most often at the top of rankings due to their advantageous conditions (more natural resources, less inhabitants). 

The activities consist in:

  • making a deep adaptation of RES Champions League website structure and database, in order to be able to integrate the new rules, associate the quantitative RES data with qualitative criteria from 100% RES communities' definition.
  • creating new national RES leagues in 4 countries and adaptating the existing RES leagues in 6 countries in order to allow the collection of RES data at local level in all partners’ countries;
  • awarding prizes to front-runner communities for the RES realisations on their territory and their energy strategy during an annual European ceremony.
Countries with existing leagues (adaptation is needed) Countries with new leagues
France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic Austria, Scotland, Slovenia, Romania


It aims at:

  • identifying rural towns having already achieved results in terms of RES development in order to be able afterwards to convince them to join national Rurener clubs and sign the CoM;
  • measuring the quantitative progress of rural towns towards being 100% RES (and more), making comparisons between towns over time in different countries and regions and creating emulation between them so that additional projects are developed;
  • highlighting front-runner communities in the development of RES over Europe, in order to motivate other communities to do so.