RETS good practices collecting methodology


RETS diffused its activities in a two-step approach:

  • In a first step, the activities developed concerned the partners participating in the project:
    • collection and analysis of renewable energy initiatives.
  • In a second step, the activities are widened to all policymakers in the partner regions and to other regions in Europe:
    • publication on RETS website, and
    • production of a Good Practice Guidebook regrouping and sharing the project results, targeting a wide European audience.

Staffordshire University developed a detailed template for partners to gather information on best practices. The practices were chosen by the local partner and also reviewed by Staffordshire University before publication. In total 54 practices are available.

The practices were broadly divided into two main ways:

1. By six different types of technology (biomass, waste, wind, hydro, geo, solar)
2. By five different types of intervention (explanation below)

However there is often overlap between the types of intervention at a local level especially where there are good partnerships.

Inevitably some types of intervention are more common than others (e.g. making use of local authority buildings and local authority planning procedures).

The five broad types of intervention are:

  • Local authorities making use of renewable energy and energy efficiency techniques in their own buildings (e.g. town halls, swimming pools) or through the development of new exemplar buildings. In some countries the provision of social housing by local authorities allows neighbourhood level schemes such as widespread installation of PV or district heating.
  • Training, accreditation and education schemes. This maybe to training people to install and maintain renewable technologies, to accredit existing skilled trades people to provide confidence to consumers, or the provision of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in technical and research orientated renewable energy.
  • Schemes to assist the private sector such as supporting feasibility studies, soft loans or grants for installation, development of local supply chains, assistance with market research, new technology development, knowledge transfer between universities and businesses.
  • The emergence of community owned energy schemes, often based on an income stream produced by feed in tariffs.
  • Local authority planning and procurement policies that support renewable energy and the low carbon agenda.


Search our database of good practices identified by the RETS projet:

By country

By technology type

By good practice type