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Join us at the BEA-APP final conference! 

The final conference “Renewable energy and spatial planning: challenges and future perspectives” took place in the Hotel Avalon, Riga on the 29 January, followed by a guided study visit to the energy supplier FORTUM's facilities in Jelgava on the 30 January 2019. Over 60 participants from across the BSR joined the conference to bring together two perspectives: spatial planning as well as regional energy policy. The project has focused on the capacity building of regional actors by:

The main outcomes of the project were shared in both poster and presentation formats. These are available below for download, along with a summary report of the conference.

Final Programme

Conference Report


Presentations – Day 1:

Policy goals and recent developments related to the use of renewable energy sources in the European Union

Christof Schremmer, Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning

Overall introduction to the main achievements of the BEA-APP project

Jennifer Grünes, Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and State Development Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Criteria and recommendations for planning renewable energy

Dr.-Ing. Frank Grüttner, Consultant for the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and State Development Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Innovative forms of stakeholder involvement

Daina Indriksone, Baltic Environmental Forum, Latvia

Incentives for financial citizen involvement in renewable energy projects

Tyge Kjær, Roskilde University, Denmark

Fostering application of renewable energy – results from BEA-APP pilot projects:

Pilot project introduction presentations  



Pilot Green Industrial Areas, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Urban planning for solar energy in Lund, Skåne, Sweden

District heating case, Blekinge, Sweden

Offshore wind power case, Blekinge, Sweden

Geoenergy use in a new residential area in Äänekoski city, Central Finland

Renewable energy mix – Rõgue. Renovation of the village hall, Southern Estonia

Sustainable district heating system in Kaunas, Lithuania

Sustainable energy in public spaces located in the town centers of the Central Functional Zone in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship based on the example of Połczyn-Zdrój, West Pomerania, Poland

Odsherred Biogas, Zealand, Denmark

Smart heating system, Zealand, Denmark


Inside view from other projects on renewable energy and spatial planning

WinWind, Horizon 2020 project, Aija Zučika, Latvian Environmental Investment Fund

LOWTEMP, Interreg BSR project, Deployment sustainable energy supply systems and low temperature heat distribution, Martin Kikas, Tartu Regional Energy Agency, Estonia

Experience of DH Company in transferring from natural gas to biomass, Rimantas Bakas, DH company “Kaunas energija”, Lithuania

AREA 21, Interreg BSR project, Development energy planning ICT tools for energy efficient urban districts, Marten Saareoks, Tartu Regional Energy Agency, Estonia

Determinants and directions of energy efficiency improvement in historic downtowns, Karolina Kurtz-Orecka, Regional Office of Land Management of the West Pomeranian Province, Poland

Smart village – renewable energy solutions for new dwellings, Tommy Lindström, Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden

INTENSSS-PA, Horizon2020 project, Raitis Madžulis, Zemgale Planning Region, Latvia

Co2mmunity, Interreg BSR project, Nele Ivask, Tartu Regional Energy Agency, Estonia


Presentations – Day 2:

Introduction to Energy strategies of BEA-APP project pilot regions

Regional Energy plan and 16 municipal plans, Zemgale Planning Region, Latvia

Climate and energy strategy for Skåne, Sweden

Revised Regional Climate and Energy Strategy for Blekinge, Sweden

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Program of Central Finland

Action Plan for Sustainable Energy – the Rõgue municipality, Southern Estonia

Concept on spatial planning via introduction of planning criteria and value added for regional RE sector on the example of Kaunus City Municipality, Lithuania

The Regional Concept for the Development of Renewable Energy Sources for the municipalities of the Central Functional Zone in the West Pomerania Voivodeship, Poland

Region Zealand Strategy, Denmark

Fortum Jelgava introductory presentation


For any queries, please contact Ms Dace Strigune at the conference organisers Baltic Environmental Forum - Latvia: dace.strigune(at)

This project finished in 2019 and therefore the website is no longer updated. Please contact the individuals listed on the the Contact & Imprint page with project-related questions.