All together, the project team has undertaken a range of dissemination
activities that have led to increased awareness and
understanding of how to go about with sustainable energy
A key lesson has been that it is not sufficient to provide tools and
information in order to tricker real activities to happen.
Communities need further guidance and assistance if to put
sustainable energy high on the agenda and overcome the
various barriers hindering uptake of SEC activity.
Thus the tools and information is to be accompanied by proactive efforts to
encourage the stakeholders at community level to take the
step from intentions to practical activities.
Consequently, dissemination activities under SEC-Tools have been designed
with a view to provide such ´chain of services’ that can
make a difference. A good example of this is that in
addition to making communities aware of the toolbox and
other materials resulting of the action, the project team
has operated a helpdesk that has enabled proactive contact
with communities outside the consortium. This has proved an
effective way of promoting SEC practice.
Other dissemination activities under SEC-Tools have aimed at achieving more
general awareness of SEC at society level. E.g. this has
comprised dissemination of videos, good practice examples
and a ´communication package’ with the project
achievements and this way the project team has managed well
with making also small communities aware of the benefits
that SEC implementation can bring about.
Despite these achievements, there is still a lot to do in this area,
having in mind the huge need for uptake of sustainable
energy at community level. The lessons learnt under
SEC-Tools in terms of how to pass on the message to local
decision-makers in view of the existing opportunities and
barriers can provide important input on how to design future
support programmes in the field.