Pilot Regions

Recent EU Directives have advanced definitions for local collective actions (so-called "energy communities") and citizens and municipalities are showing increased interest in becoming prosumers. However, the creation of energy communities requires a great deal of expertise.

In the context of UP-STAIRS, 5 pilot regions establish One-Stop-Shops that provide support for collective local action and the creation of energy communities, thus enabling greater citizen participation in the energy transition.

Choose a region

City of Cork, Ireland

  • City in South-West Ireland and the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland
  • Area: 187 km2
  • Population: 211,000
  • Project partners: Cork City Council (CCC) and University College Cork - National University of Ireland (IERC)

Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Catalonia/Spain

  • One of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe
  • Area: 636 km2
  • Population: 3.2 million
  • Project partners: Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) and Associació Ecoserveis (ECO)

Municipality of Brunnthal, Germany

  • Rural community around 20 km south-east of Munich in Bavaria/Germany
  • Area: 27 km2
  • Population: 5,500
  • Project partner: GreenCom Networks (GCN)

Region of Upper Austria, Austria

  • The most industrial of Austria’s nine regions and the country’s third largest in population
  • Area: 12,000 km2
  • Population: 1.5 million
  • Project partner: OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV)

Municipality of Asenovgrad, Bulgaria

  • City located in the southeast part of the Province of Plovdiv in Bulgaria and signatory of the Covenent of Mayors
  • Area: 615 km2
  • Population: 60,000
  • Project partners: Municipality of Asenovgrad (ASEN) and Sofia Energy Centre (SEC)