Vision & mission
Through REScoop.eu, energy cooperatives wish to make their voices heard in the European energy debate. After all, their members - people just like you and me - are the ones who will be paying for the transition to a more sustainable energy system. REScoop.eu empowers citizens and cooperatives and wants to achieve energy democracy.
Our federation has four well-defined objectives:
- We represent the voice of citizens and energy cooperatives to European policy makers
- We support starting and established energy cooperatives and provide them with tools and contacts to help them grow and prosper
- We facilitate international exchanges and cooperation between energy cooperatives
- We promote the cooperative business model in the energy sector
REScoop.eu was legally set up in 2013 as a Belgian not-for-profit association. We operate just like a cooperative.
Our team consists of 11 staff members who are all based in Belgium. People working for REScoop.eu have different nationalities and backgrounds. The Coordinator takes charge of the daily operations of the association and reports to the Board of Directors.
Our Board of Directors is elected by the General Assembly for 4-year terms. Members are eligible for re-election. The board takes important decisions related to policy, strategy and organisational planning. Board members control the budgets and supervise the Coordinator. Their decisions are taken by absolute majority. The board currently consists of 8 members:
- Ecopower (Belgium)
- De Windvogel (Netherlands)
- Enercoop (France)
- Som Energia (Spain)
- DGRV (Germany)
- Middelgrunden (Denmark)
- Energy4All (United Kingdom)
- ZEZ (Croatia)
The General Assembly includes all of our members, both full members and associate members. Full members have voting rights and are either individual energy cooperatives or national/regional federations. Associate members do not have voting rights and are related organisations, companies or local authorities. The General Assembly respects the democratic voting principle of “one member, one vote”, and decisions are always taken by absolute majority.
The legal statutes were approved by the General Assembly on 26th of August 2013 and published in the official Belgian State Journal on 24 of December 2013.
REScoop.eu is a sector federation of Cooperatives Europe, the European branch of the International Cooperative Alliance. Cooperatives Europe represents the voice of 160,000 cooperative enterprises in Europe and their 123 million members. REScoop.eu holds a seat in the board of Cooperatives Europe.
European co-operative enterprises
REScoop.eu is one of the cofounders of REScoop MECISE and The Mobility Factory, European cooperatives through which we provide services on financing and e-car sharing. REscoop.eu holds a seat in the board of both organisations.
Community Power Coalition
REScoop.eu further teams up with other EU-wide organisations through the Community Power Coalition. This coalition features organisations like Friends of the Earth Europe, Energy Cities, ICLEI, Greenpeace Europe, etc. and gathers on a monthly basis to discuss policy and plan advocacy actions.
The present charter defines the shared ethical values and vision for the future of our consortium of energy cooperatives, federations of energy cooperatives and other partners. It is meant as a set of guiding principles but does not exclude each member to establish their own principles based on local values.
REScoop.eu teams up with a broad range of partners in order to strengthen our vision and increase our impact.
- European Commission
- Cooperatives Europe
- Community Power Coalition
- The Coalition of Energy Savings
- Decarb Europe
- Right to Energy Coalition
- The Mobility Factory
- REScoop MECISE
- Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
- Energy Cities
- Climate Alliance
- Client Earth
REScoop.eu gratefully acknowledges funding from: