On April 2, the second interregional workshop was held in Ioannina, capital of Epirus.

Each territorial partner presented an overview about the regional situation as regards RES development and policies. The discussion concerned also the main barriers to the development of RES, the identification of aspects that should be improved and the degree of interest in the different forms of renewables.

Based on a presentation by the advisory partner Poliedra and the lead partner Lapland, the partners shared also the criteria and work programme for the next project activity concerning the identification of regional good practices. This is an essential part of the exchange of experience that will lead to the elaboration of the Regional Action Plans. 

The good practices will be selected applying the following criteria: 

  • Initiatives that can help improving regional policies for the promotion of renewable energy sources, working on participation and engagement / awareness raising / capacity building 
  • Evidence of success in reaching the objective of overcoming existing barriers (lack of awareness/lack of expertise/public opposition) 
  • Cases discussed with the regional stakeholder groups 
  • Transferability to other European regions

The interesting site visits organised by the Region of Epirus included a  poultry farm and the recently built waste treatment plant that serves the entire region. In both cases, biogas is produced and is used for electric generation.

Liapatis poultry farm and biogas plant


Municipal solid waste treatment plant

The Lake Hotel