French region Brittany launches energy contest to boost low carbon transition

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18 March 2015

LONDON: The French region Brittany has launched the third edition of its energy contest “Local Energy Grids”, to help spur its low carbon economy.

Brittany, a member of The Climate Group’s States & Regions, runs the contest as part of its ongoing plans to increase clean energy, reduce the gap between local energy production and consumption, and make its energy system more efficient. 

In line with the EU targets, Brittany aims to:

  • curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by 20% by 2020
  • continue cutting GHG emissions by 80% by 2050
  • increase production of electricity from renewables by 34% by 2020.

Renaud Layadi, Senior Adviser, International networks at the Regional Council of Brittany, stressed the importance of the contest for the region’s energy plans: “Reducing energy demands, increasing the production through renewables, encouraging efficient energy storage are the strategic guidelines for the region.

“Since 2012 we encourage local communities to bring out innovative projects, based on public-private partnership, to run for two grants: €100,000 (US$106,000) for programme management, €150,000 (US$159,000) for investment.”

Since the contest’s first launch, the Council has funded 10 projects, which have set the region on the right track to meet its energy targets.

To be in with a chance of getting funding, projects submitted to the contest must use local resources and connect to projects that have already been realized, which will make the system more energy efficient.

“Besides real-size experiments, the contest is useful to carry out the clean revolution even in the most remote parts of the territory”, adds Layadi. “It is also a very powerful tool to test innovation by local private operators aiming at managing local energy.”

The Climate Group’s States & Regions brings together sub-national government leaders from around the world that are taking impactful global climate actions. Its network currently counts 27 members from across Europe, the Americas, South Asia, Australia and Africa, accounting for 313 million people, 11% of global GDP and 2.3 Gigatons CO2e.

The program has recently activated an online reporting platform, in collaboration with CDP, which aims to gather a global account of the greenhouse gas reduction targets set by state and regional governments.

“States & Regions are already setting ambitious climate targets, often at a more ambitious level than their national counterparts,” states Libby FergusonStates & Regions DirectorThe Climate Group. “The Compact of States and Regions helps us to better measure and understand the significant contribution by sub-national governments. Thus supporting all those involved in the global effort to tackle climate change as well as those involved in the global climate negotiations.”

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By Denise Puca

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