Region Trier – “RES-Region of Competence”

Region Trier – “RES-Region of Competence”
Published by Stefanie Roth on 14.10.2013

Region Trier – “RES-Region of competence” has been approved as 100 RES-Region in 2011. The region (513.109 inhabitants) has more than 15 years work experience in the realm of developing a sustainable regional energy system focusing equally on energy saving, energy efficiency, expansion of renewables, and mobility and transport.

The overarching goal is to develop from an energy-importing to an energy-exporting region. Already today, the RES-plants in the region generate an energy yield supplying more than 50% of the regional electricity demand, thereby saving more than 1,1 Mio. tonnes of CO2. If this favorable development continues, the threshold of export energy may be exceeded by 2040. In 2008, the Region has adopted a development concept, the Future Strategy Region Trier 2025, which contains major actions addressing key themes such as energy generation and savings, reduction of GHGs and creating/ maintaining added value in the regional energy sector. Since year 2010, Energy Agency Region Trier functions as the central regional platform that in cooperation with the regional Planning Association initiates projects, consults, informs and connects relevant actors – ranging from citizens and communities over private persons and architects to planners, energy consultants and all sorts of other businesses – on energy themes. In order to anchor the energy transition in Region Trier on the widest possible democratic consensus, a regional public discourse was launched in 2012. This enabled a broad discussion of opportunities and risks associated with the expansion of renewables in the course of the transition process in numerous workshops, events and internet-portals.