August 2019 to July 2022

The Interreg Europe funded IRENES project aims to better understand how net-zero carbon policies and clean growth policy instruments are utilised for the delivery of renewable energy sources. The project looks at this relationship from a land use perspective and critically analyses the complexity of the their interactions.

Working with partners in Italy, Germany, Estonia, Romania and the UK, the project is examining trade-offs and synergies in the environmental impacts of renewable energy projects in order to improve regional and national policies and programmes.

In the UK case study, the ARU team is working with the University of East Anglia to assess options for low and net-zero carbon heating in rural parts of the East of England that are not connected to the gas grid.  A number of pilot projects will be evaluated to assess the scope for wider adoption of such initiatives. This will provide evidence to support the Clean Growth Strategy and the UK government aspiration restated in the ‘25 Year Environment Plan’ to leave the environment in a better state for the next generation.

Visit the IRENES webpage or contact Paul Bourgeois for more information.

The total budget amounts to € 1,781,783 (ERDF: € 1,514,515.55)

IRENES is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg Europe Programme.