Europe & North America

El Hierro Biosphere Reserve supplied for the first time exclusively with renewable energy

The first 100% Renewable Energy Island On Sunday, 9 August 2015 at 12:00 pm, an important milestone was reached by the wind-hydro plant of Gorona del Viento. For the first time, it supplied the entire electricity demand of the Isla de El Hierro Biosphere Reserve (Spain) using

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New Lanark World Heritage Site

A historical centre for renewable energy production New Lanark was founded by Scottish entrepreneur David Dale in 1785. It developed as a model industrial community under the enlightened management of Robert Owen. The revolution in New Lanark was not just industrial. It delivered pioneering social and educational

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Carbon-Free island in tourist transport

The STARTER Project for Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve (Spain) STARTER aims to promote energy efficient and sustainable mobility policies and practices through the cooperation of all local interested parties. The concept of Local Travel Plan Networks (LTPN) will be applied in 5 sites across Europe to engage relevant

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Dumfries and Galloway (Biosphere Reserve)

100% Renewable Energy Source Community Project The 100% RES Community Project aims to drive the region towards greater environmental sustainability by assisting small communities. Project run by Community Energy Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council (Galloway and southern Ayrshire biosphere reserve). Dumfries & Galloway Council and Community

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The Solar Explorer

A solar educational and research vessel owned and operated by the Schorfheide-Chorin UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The “Solar Explorer” drive around the Werbellinsee in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Schorfheide-Chorin. The boat is powered exclusively by solar power. The floating laboratory is designed as a research and training ship

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Besançon: The First Green City in France

A low energy jewel on the river side. The city of Besançon (117 000 inhabitants) is located in the east of France in Franche-Comté region, at the heart of the newly created Rhin-Rhone metropolitan area. Recognized as the first green city in France, Besançon is known for

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Mount Elbrus Base Camp

Solar electrification project in a remote area of Western Caucasus World Heritage Site. The Mount Elbrus Base Camp has been installed, in the North of the Russian Caucasus in September 2013, It represents the first step of a Russian hospitality tourist program implementation that will deal the

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Clean Cities National Parks Initiative

Sustainable mobility in UNESCO sites (USA) Clean Cities partners with the National Park Service (NPS) through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative to support transportation projects that educate park visitors on the benefits of cutting petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions. This initiative complements the NPSClimate Friendly Parks program by

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Taos Pueblo – Energy sovereignty

100% Clean Energy by 2020 “In our Every Deliberation, We Must Consider the Impact of Our Decisions on the next Seven Generations”. From the Great Law of the Iroquois Nation. Taos Pueblo is a federally recognized tribe located in Taos County, New Mexico. The place hosts Taos

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Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center

“Out with the Old” action in a World Heritage Site. The on-site renewable energy systems are capable of providing 95 percent of the building energy requirements. The new Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center (VRC) has received the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental

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Dr Osman Benchikh *. Programme Specialist in Charge of Energy and Renewable Energy. Coordinator of RENFORUS project.
E-mail: o.benchikh(at)
Cipriano Marín **. Assistant for RENFORUS project implementation.
E-mail: c.marin(at)
Addresses: * UNESCO. 1, Rue Miollis. 75015 Paris – France
** Avda. Islas Canarias, 35 - 38007, S/C de Tenerife - Spain