About the ETU
The Ecosystemic Transition Unit (ETU) is a multilevel governance model developed by the Interreg MED Renewable Energy community, acting as a roadmap for municipalities in rural and island areas to join the green energy transition, based on social innovation. Rural and island communities are particularly vulnerable to climate change, as many of their livelihoods (such as agriculture) depend on the environment. Building resilience and promoting renewable energy in these areas requires a particular approach, using the energy transition as a way to generate jobs and revitalise rural areas. Learn more about our story and discover more about the origin of the ETU Initiative.
The ETU Toolbox
The ETU Toolbox brings together tools from the first phase of the Renewable Energy project, serving as a manual for municipalities that aspire to join the energy transition.
The ETU Handbook
The ETU Handbook brings together tools from the first phase of the Renewable Energy project, serving as a manual for municipalities that aspire to join the energy transition.
The ETU Guidelines
The ETU Guidelines offer a comprehensive tool for mainstreaming the ETU model in local energy transition initiatives.
ETU Flagship Cases Booklet
The ETU Flagship Cases results booklet gathers the outcomes and work done by the nine cases and the five assessment cases. The booklet also describes the mainstreaming experience sharing metrics and capitalisation impacts.
ETU White Paper
The White Paper explores the conceptual and methodological framework of the ETU concept, including recommendations to mainstream policies, plans and the ETU assessment indicators system.
This document gathers policy recommendations for energy transition by typology of territories emanating from the knowledge and lessons learnt during the six years of the Interreg MED Renewable Energy community.
The policy brief gives an overview of the EU directives on energy communities and its transposition in the national policy framework of Croatia, Greece, Italy, Slovenia and Spain.
The Four Pillars of the ETU
The ETU Toolbox includes the political and legal components of the energy transition. The Toolbox offers a set of policy recommendations for local governments that encourage multilevel coordination to work towards a green local economy. The tools under this pillar can be adapted to the regulatory frameworks of each country and region.
Representing the technological part of the ETU Toolbox, the tools within this pillar support the design, deployment and management of the facilities and equipment required to create local renewable energy communities based on innovative, smart and green solutions.
Responding to the social component of the ETU model, this pillar gathers the tools that support community building and management, especially in the case of prosumers (consumers that produce their own RES) and schemes for sharing renewable energy at the local level.
This pillar is linked to the territorial component of the ETU Toolbox, addressing the urban and land use planning factors of implementing local renewable energy source (RES). This pillar brings together tools that support energy technicians, engineers, and urban planners in the development of their energy plans.
Holistic response to climate change
The ETU Initiative identifies climate change mitigation and adaptation actions, while addressing the regions’ needs and aspirations.
Implementing the ETU boosts energy cooperation between rural and urban areas.
The ETU governance model empowers communities to lead the energy transition in their region.
Integrating the ETU into territorial planning creates alternative livelihood sources and opportunities for local residents.
Cooperation and commitment
The ETU promotes multilevel governance for territories to identify their own potential.
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We’re bringing together like-minded municipalities and organisations using the ETU Toolbox to support their renewable energy plans.
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