UP-STAIRS project

Project Description

The Horizon 2020 UP-STAIRS project is a citizen engagement and energy collection initiative which aims to develop a standard framework for the growth of energy communities.

Recent EU Directives have advanced definitions for local collective actions (so-called “energy communities”) and citizens are showing increased interest in becoming prosumers. However, the creation of energy communities requires a great deal of expertise.

The UP-STAIRS project will provide support by dispensing one-on-one advice about retrofitting, energy efficiency, energy sustainability, and using solar and renewables through a digital one-stop-shop platform, thus enabling greater citizen participation in the energy transition.

UP-STAIRS accelerates the creation of energy communities and collective action by setting up one-stop-shops in five pilot regions across the EU:

– Cork City, Ireland

– Barcelona Metropolitan, Catalonia/Spain

– Municipality of Brunnthal, Germany

– Region of Upper Austria, Austria

– Municipality of Asenovgrad, Bulgaria


Key impacts

  • Setting-up and testing 5 One-Stop-Shops for energy communities and collective local action
  • Triggering 66 million Euro in sustainable energy investments
  • Engaging 10,000 consumers in sustainable energy activities

Project team

  • University College Cork – National University of Ireland (IERC), Ireland
  • Associació Ecoserveis (ECO), Spain
  • Sofia Energy Centre (SEC), Bulgaria
  • GreenCom Networks (GCN), Germany
  • Polish National Energy Conservation Agency (KAPE), Poland
  • OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV), Austria
  • Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), Catalonia/Spain
  • Cork City Council (CCC), Ireland
  • Municipality of Asenovgrad (ASEN), Bulgaria
  • Ekubirojs (ESEB), Latvia