Myth : Rural areas have a low carbon footprint

Rural communities often have higher carbon footprints than their urban counterparts as well as significant quality of air issues. This is due to a number of factors: the need to drive longer distances, a lack of energy choice leading to the use of polluting fuels (coal, heating oil, wood), and the agricultural output of greenhouse gases


Particulate Matter (PM) and its impact on health.

Interview with the newest Friend of FREE - Vicky Ford MEP

JIMMY - Winner of the FREE "Tell the Future" Competition

SARA - Winner of the FREE "Tell the Future" Competition

Where can you find information on rural energy in Europe

Free Choices Animation

"FREE Choices" Campaign launch video

FREE Campaign

Watch the FREE video for #EUSEW13 and see how FREE contributes to a more sustainable Europe.

Rural Energy Day 2011

A video summary of Rural Energy Day 2011 held in Brussels on 21st September 2011.

Rural Energy Day 2010

Rural Energy Day 2010, on 24/06/2010 in the Parc Leopold, Brussels in the shadow of the European Parliament and organised by Future of Rural Energy in Europe (FREE)

FREE Initiative - Introduction Video

The Future of Rural Energy in Europe (FREE) initiative gives a voice to all those who believe that rural energy needs are important issues both for those who live in the countryside and for European society as a whole. We want to make sure that policy makers acknowledge this and plan accordingly.

The Future of Rural Energy in Europe (FREE) introductory film

An introduction to The Future of Rural Energy in Europe (FREE) initiative.

FREE Solutions in Motion - Small Power, Big Difference

Across Europe, millions of homes still rely on inefficient, solid fuel or oil fired boilers. A lot of centrally generated electricity is also wasted when distributed to remote locations. By following Gillian's example, many rural households could benefit from Micro CHP technology, reduce their bills as well as their emissions.

FREE Solutions in Motion - Light weight, low carbon

Across Europe, millions still use solid fuels to heat their homes. Besides the burden of having to carry the wood or coal, this form of energy emits high levels of CO2, soot, and other harmful emissions.
Switching to a combination of lower carbon fuels and renewable energy provides a sustainable alternative that improve Ana's life today and preserve the planet tomorrow.

FREE Solutions in Motion - Waste not, want not

FREE Solutions in Motion - Local solution, global impact

FREE Solutions in Motion - Holiday for our lifetime

FREE Solutions in Motion - Beyond the grid