Ministers visit cross-border sustainable pilot projects

The EU’s Interreg programme, which supports cross-border infrastructure and research projects, got started in 1989. Photo: MEA-DATer

The EU’s Interreg programme, which supports cross-border infrastructure and research projects, got started in 1989. Photo: MEA-DATer

The EU’s Interreg programme presented two sustainabe pilot projects in the greater region to energy minister Claude Turmes (Déi Gréng) and housing minister Henri Kox (Déi Gréng).

The premises of Bettembourg-based company Neobuild already feature test solar panel installations from one of the projects--PV Follows Function. The aim of the project is to highlight cross-border applications for the technology, generating electricity from solar energy. These PV (photo-voltaic) installations will be able to be installed on the ground and on buildings which are already in use. With a total cost of €1,358,840, the pilot project features Luxembourg company Maana Electric as well as five partners from the greater region. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will support the project with €715,304.

“It is important that the expansion of renewable energies continues throughout Europe. This also includes cross-border cooperation. Here, Interreg can ensure with concrete projects that this can succeed even better in the future," said Turmes.

The second Interreg project, titled GReENEFF plans the construction of the new housing estate Elmen, located in the Kehlen municipality between Capellen and Olm. The settlement contains 750 housing units, half of which are family houses and the other half flats. Focusing on ecological and sustainable housing, GReENEFF envisions using sustainable building materials, as well as implementing sustainable mobility and renewable energies. All the single-family houses will be entirely made of wood, while the buildings will be of the Near Zero Emission Building energy class. PV modules on the other hand will allow for the management of electricity generation and consumption. The project brings together 17 partners from Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Germany with a total cost of €15,771,702 of which €6,163,544 come from the EU’s ERDF fund. The budget for Luxembourg amounts to €2,930,500.

"Sustainability is a focus of the public and affordable housing offensive. The Elmen ecovillage is a prime example of how innovative urban planning creates sustainable quality of life for residents--while respecting nature and the environment," said housing minsiter Kox.