The four-year AgroRES project ending in July 2023 has brought about tangible measures that encourage the production and use of renewable energy in the agricultural and rural sector. Help desks or support services have been established, new innovative technologies found and implemented, and regulations and strategies developed.

In the beginning, AgroRES project encountered challenges due to the Covid 19 pandemic. After the kick-off meeting in November 2019, only online meetings were possible for two years. But thanks to the resilience against the adverse circumstances, the AgroRES project team has managed to join in interregional learning and exchange of experiences, discover common needs and find joint solutions.

Essential activities such as interregional events were held online, organizing virtual visits, elaborating regional videos, and using innovative online platforms and tools to allow the interexchange of experiences. In person activities were activated in October 2021 with the celebration of the Interregional Event and Cross Cut visit in Ireland.

Interregional learning and regional results

During the exchange of experiences of AgroRES project, 22 best practices were identified and published for guidance for anyone interested, and 6 interregional events and 45 local stakeholder meetings were organized, increasing capacity of more than 100 regional actors.

With the knowledge gathered during the three years of learning activities, project partners together with their stakeholders produced 7 action plans to improve their regional policy instruments, including specific actions to be implemented and monitored in the last stage:

Ultimately, AgroRES partners have successfully developed regional measures that encourage the production and use of RE in the agricultural and rural sector, supporting this sector by solving its energy needs in a sustainable, economically viable and socially responsible way.

See: AgroRES action plans

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