We play the RES Champions League according to enhanced rules now
Each contest should have clear rules the more precise the better. In the framework of the new project 100% RES communities the former European solar and biomass leagues were converted in the European RES League broadly comprehensive all renewables, energy savings and RES use in environmentally friendly transportation. So the rules had to be extended to include other parameters. How?
Of course we should emphasise that it is "like a contest". We talk about the European league champions on the podium in all divisions every year but the best municipalities ranking is not the aim of activities just a way how to better visualize (in the media or possibly with the help of a healthy regional or national ecological patriotism) what is happening here: i.e. a gradual development of renewable sources and strengthening of municipal energy self-sufficiency thanks to community mutual inspiration examples from other EU countries. Right the annual festive award ceremony of champions, which come from the national finales of participating countries, still needs a justified key to comparing the results...
Square meters of solar thermal installations and kilowatts of photovoltaic or biomass installed outputs were not adequate. All renewables, including aside sun and biomass energy heat pumps, deep geothermal energy, cogeneration units, water-, wind- and biogas- power plants, are now counted in. In addition to energy savings, energy policies, educational and counseling activities for public, municipal subsidy of RES installations even personal example of municipal representatives. A questionnaire, which should get maxima of information about municipality, has about 30 questions! (Do you want to play with us? Read more and register here.)
An international jury, composed of energy managers, technical journalists and activists, explores then all data, discusses and votes in two rounds among European municipalities. Although the national conditions and maturity of participating countries in the field of clean energy is very uneven and hardly comparable the final verdict always expresses the main thing: an honest effort to honor those who are farthest on the way towards energy self-sufficiency and thus the most inspiring for others.
Maybe even you will accept the idea that our rules system is a very first attempt how to measure the rate of sustainable energy development (e.g. in percent) and energy self-sufficiency of municipalities, which show the way and irreversible trend to others! We will be very pleased if you will share our thinking and project efforts e.g. through collection of your municipal data here.
Author: Karel Merhaut