The "Four Motors for Europe" initiative presented at the EU Sustainable Energy Week


EU Sustainable Energy Week: Setting Europe on the path to 2030

Etienne Vienot (Project Manager at AURA-EE), alongside with Frédéric Bonnichon (VP Environment and Positive Ecology of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region) and Catherine Azzopardi (Environment Director) presented on October 27th the "Four Motors for Europe". This event was organized in the framework of the 2021 EU Sustainable Energy Week.

The Four Motors for Europe initiative is composed of the regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Baden-Wurttemberg, Catalonia, and Lombardy. The aim is to ease cooperation projects and collaboration of private stakeholders around trade, investment and technological development focused on the energy transition.

The three main ambitions of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region are :
- Becoming THE region for decarbonated energies
- Creating Europe's first carbon-free hydrogen production network
- Boosting the solar photovoltaic sector

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region will take over the (rotating) Presidency of the Four Motors network for Europe in 2022.

AURA-EE, a historical stakeholder on the European stage, is alongside the Region, which is itself involved in many European cooperation initiatives, including the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, EUSALP.

About the Four Motors for Europe alliance

On September 9, 1988, the regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France), Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany), Catalonia (Spain) and Lombardy (Italy) signed a cooperation agreement constituting the network of the “Four Motors for Europe”. All four regions are strong in terms of economic as well as research performance. Together the Four Motors for Europe encompass 36 million inhabitants and account for approximately 9 % of European economic output. The fields of today’s cooperation encompass in particular economic development, research and innovation, training and higher Education, climate and environment, transport and mobility, health, agriculture, civil society and the arts. In this respect, the Four Motors for Europe support collaborative projects among regional stakeholders.