After 3 years the ENER2i project came to an end on 30 September 2016. The project, led by the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), focused on the need to find innovative and sustainable solutions to challenges Europe and Eastern European countries are facing regarding energy supply and usage and the stimulation of innovation activities. The project directly addressed the gap between new energy research and European industry, where existing research results are not being sufficiently transferred into innovative processes and products.
One of the main achievements were the analytical reports on the research and innovation landscape and on players in EE/RES in the participating EaP countries (Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova), which resulted in a cross-country analysis and a recommendations report including a roadmap on EE/RES in business and & Policy Brief on Recommendations to reinforce cooperation with EaP countries. Furthermore, cooperation between research and innovation actors was enhanced through the implementation of 4 Innovation Training Workshops, which trained in total in total 233 participants. In addition, a total 47 exchanges between European and EaP countries took place through twinning activities such as study visits and staff exchanges.
To facilitate contacts between EaP countries and EU stakeholders and strengthening transnational cooperation between scientists, business representatives, and innovation agencies in the field of energy efficiency and RES, four Local Brokerage and four EU International Brokerage Events were organized in ENER2i. The events gathered in total more than 300 participants and led to the engagement of the EaP countries in 7 proposals, of which one received funded: Phoenix, coordinated by eseia.
eseia would like the entire Consortium and especially ZSI for their excellent work on making this project such a success! May this project lead to future joint project opportunities and increase its impact beyond its end-date.