Projects in World Heritage Sites

Solar power systems to light up Kasubi tombs

Buganda government is turning to solar energy to improve electricity supplies at Kasubi Royal tombs (Uganda) World Heritage Site The Trans-African Supply Services limited company (TASS) and Village Power solutions have finalised to establish a Solar panel power supply systems plant that is going to provide with

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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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Blue Mountains Sustainable Precinct Project

Water and Renewables on World Heritage Site. The Blue Mountains Sustainable Precinct project established sustainable solutions to water and energy use at three large-scale, high profile sites in Katoomba: Echo Point Visitors Centre; Blue Mountains Cultural Centre; and the adjacent Civic Centre. The three project sites showcase

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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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The largest Abbey of Europe goes to renewable energy

Energy Centre at Fontevraud Abbey at Loire Valley (World Heritage Site) The Energy Centre is the first new building at the Abbey in a century, and the first major achievement of the Fontevraud Sustainable city programme, and as such is a unique experience in France in a

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Solar PV mini-grids for Small Islands

The case of Apolima Island (Samoa), included in World Heritage Tentative List. Solar photovoltaic (PV) powered mini-grid systems have been under consideration for use in the Pacific Island countries for some time. Until recently, however, such systems were deemed to have limited potential. With recent improvement in inverter

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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