Location : Europe
Dates : 2009-2012
Technical partners : 13 partners in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, and France (universities, local authorities, NGOs), Agence Régionale de l’Environnement (ARPA Aosta Valley, Italy)
Financial partners : Alpine Space Programme (European Union territorial cooperation), GDF Suez Foundation
Description of action
In the Alps, hydropower is the most important renewable energy source. It shows clear advantages for the global CO2 balance but has significant ecological impacts, threatening water bodies’ health. On one hand, the Directive on Electricity Production from Renewable Energy Sources obliges EU member states to increase the share of renewable electricity production, in order to reduce greenhouse gases emissions. On the other hand, the Water Framework Directive obliges EU member states to reach and maintain a "good ecological status" of water bodies by 2015.
With SHARE project, the GERES intends to provide the stakeholders of rivers management with means to strike a balance between the needs of hydropower and the health of water bodies.
For more information : www.share-alpinerivers.eu
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