NRGCOM project – press release

Revolutionizing Energy in the Danube: NRGCOM Project Ignites Change

Budapest, March 15, 2024The NRGCOM project, set to transform energy practices across the Danube Region, officially launched on January 2024 and will run until June 2026. With a consortium consisting of 13 project partners from 12 countries and 14 strategic collaborators, the project kicked off with a dynamic opening event held from March 12th to 14th in Budapest, Hungary.

With the support of the Interreg Danube Region Programme, co-financed by the European Union, the NRGCOM project has commenced its journey in January 2024. The overarching goal of the project is to promote an enabling operational environment to contribute to increased energy efficiency, with a particular focus on the widespread adoption of energy communities in the Danube Region.

From March 12th to 14th, 2024, the Mercure Hotel Castle Hill Budapest hosted the project’s opening event and partner meeting, attended by representatives of all 13 members from 12 countries.

As the director of the South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency and Lead Partner of the project, Mr. Zoltán Haász outlined the ambitious goals of the NRGCOM project: „It aims to meticulously review national legal frameworks governing energy communities, analyze internal operational practices, and develop sustainable operational strategies. Additionally, the project seeks to craft policy recommendations for fostering an optimal operational environment.

Furthermore, under Mr. Haász’s leadership, the project emphasizes the promotion of widespread awareness and community self-sufficiency. Through awareness campaigns and expert workshops led by project partners, the initiative aims to accelerate the transition to renewable energy across the Danube Region. It prioritizes not only external knowledge expansion but also the exchange of experiences among partners to enhance project effectiveness.

To support these objectives, the project plans to establish a network of “Renewable Energy Community Ambassadors.” These ambassadors will mentor energy community initiatives and provide ongoing support to established communities, facilitating the implementation of best practices.

Moreover, Mr. Haász highlighted the project’s commitment to consolidating best practices into a digital database and disseminating a comprehensive guide (White Paper). This guide, derived from project results, will be shared with decision-makers to drive localized changes in energy management.


About NRGCOM project

Project partners: DDRIÜ South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency, Lead Partner, Hungary, IMRO-DDKK Environmental Nonprofit Ltd., Hungary, South Bohemian Agency for Support to Innovation (JAIP), Czech Republic, Forschung Burgenland GmbH., Austria, Istrian Regional Energy Agency (IRENA), Croatia, Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška Region (KSSENA), Slovenia, Pazardzhik Regional Administration (PRA), Bulgaria, Regional Economic Development Agency for Sumadija and Pomoravlje (REDASP), Serbia, Romanian Network of Energy Cities (OER), Romania, FORS Montenegro – Foundation for the Development of Northern Montenegro, Montenegro, Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT), Germany, National Energy Cluster (NEK), Slovakia, Alliance for Energy Efficiency and Renewables (AEER), Moldova.

Identification Number:            DRP0200163

Project Duration:                    January 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026

Total Funding:                        EUR 2,026,442.18

The NRGCOM project is supported by the Interreg Danube Region Programme, co-financed by the European Union.

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