Attert shows the way

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Published by Jade Charouk on 13.05.2014

Attert, a small village near the Luxembourg border, shows the way towards 100% RES. Here are the ingredients of a success story

Open up to others

Located at the extreme south of Belgium, at the border with the state of Luxembourg,  Attert turned a delicate geographical situation into a strong advantage: the great intuition was surely to initiate a territorial collaboration with its foreign neighbor on energy issues.  This decomplexed dynamic led Attert (BE)and Redange (L) to win a  first European project  that ultimately allowed to finance the first local resource dedicated to energy.


An external Energy Cell

‘Au pays de l’Attert’ is the energy locomotive of the Village. Initiated by the municipality, the local NGO currently employs 4 people entirely dedicated on energy issue. On top of the motivation that it brings and the human resources that she can engage, ‘Au pays de l’Attert’ informs citizens, realizes potential analyses and feasibility studies, activates project financing and invests in concrete projects like the heat district network for Attert’s buildings.

Towards all citizens

Since 2008, the municipality and its NGO organize conferences, dedicated trainings, courses in schools and on site visits in order to help households invest in their RES and energy efficiency, while educating tomorrow’s adults.

To act on the financial constraints, Attert is currently setting a citizen investment fund based on a local currency. This measure will facilitate citizen participation, help anchor profits locally and boost the financing capacity of the entire territory.

Less wealthy households are also considered as personalized counseling is given for free by the NGO.

An organized and structured motivation

To reach their 100% RES target, Attert sought to structure its actions and join the Covenants of Mayos. Its SEAP contains several projects, some of them - like the creation of transborder wood supply chain- are already under finalisation. “Here, the major challenge is to help households retrofit their houses and reduce their energy needs. It’s the only way to reach our 34 % CO2 reduction goal by 2020’ says Kevin Mathu, coordinator of the local SEAP team.

So rendez-vous in 6 years to see if the challenge is met! In the meantime, warm applauses for our 2014 Belgian RES Champion.