EMPOWER 2.0 is the abbreviation of Empowering the citizens - Towards European Energy Market 2.0 (Enabling More People’s OWnership in Energy tRansition).


The project aims to demonstrate and accelerate the empowerment of citizens to become active energy citizens - and to create local energy communities via existing civil society structures - through development of new solutions (e.g. organisational) and adoption of new, emerging and existing solutions for energy ownership.  This will lead to an increase of energy awareness and renewable energy production, and hence reduce the environmental footprint in the North Sea Region.


EMPOWER2.0 is an Interreg North Sea Region funded project with 15 partners, led by Gemeente Zaanstad (NL):

  • 7 cities/provinces/intermuncipality organisations (Gemeente Zaanstad (NL), Provincie West-Vlaanderen (BE), Essex County Council (UK), Southend on Sea Borough Council (UK), Middelfart Kommune (DK), Gemeente Haarlem (NL), Intercommunale Leiedal (BE))
  • 3 universities (Hogeschool van Amsterdam (NL), University of Southern Denmark (DK), Ghent University (BE))
  • 2 companies (Gate2Growth (DK), Graham Oakes Ltd (UK))
  • 3 cooperatives (Coöperatieve WeSpark Zaanstreek (NL), Stadsgarage (NL), Coöperatie Kennemer Energie (NL)).

Latest Project News

EMPOWER2.0 kickoff meeting in Zaanstad (NL)

21 May 2019

08/03/2019 - The EMPOWER2.0 kickoff meeting took place on 7 and 8 March in Zaanstad (NL)

On 7 and 8 March, the EMPOWER2.0 kickoff meeting was…

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EMPOWER2.0 project approved

15 May 2019

11/12/2018 - The Interreg North Sea Region Programme Steering Committee has approved 12 new projects that address core challenges and opportunitie…

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