Towards renewable forms of energy

Apr 14, 2023Clean Energy, Inspiring initiative

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ACCTING aims to understand the impact of Green Deal policies on vulnerable groups, prevent inequalities, and produce knowledge and innovations to advance behavioural change at individual and collective levels for an inclusive and equal European Green Deal. This bottom-up initiative was collected by Aart Kerremans within ACCTING’s mapping of inspiring practice cases, within the energy poverty Research Line. Read our report on all 693 mapped initiatives.


LICHT, Belgium

LICHT, Local Initiative for a Cooperative Renewable Transition, is an ambitious energy community project in Leuven focusing on the residents’ transition to renewable forms of energy while striving for a healthy and sustainable city. The project was founded by the citizens’ cooperative Ecopower, the City of Leuven, and the local non-profit organisation Leuven 2030.

Striving for a healthy and sustainable city

The enthusiastic project aims to reduce energy consumption and make it more sustainable by focusing on three objectives:

Saving: conserving energy by mapping the residents’ energy consumption, finding alternatives for energy guzzlers and exchanging experiences and knowledge within the community.

Producing: Generating renewable electricity through disseminating information on using solar panels, investing in green energy, etc.

Speeding ​: Getting the neighbourhood involved regardless of membership or prior involvement. The project developed a community around local renewable energy where members come together to discuss sustainable measures at home, share ideas for the neighbourhood, meet people, learn more and act.

Find out more here.

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