Energy use in the Bükk LEADER Region
The shift from fossil to renewable energy requires a new approach in the energy system. We have to change our centralized model to a more decentralized one, enabling the utilization of small-scale renewable energies. This transition has started in Western Europe and partly also in Hungary. One of the most promising area is the Bükk LEADER Region. Several solar and biomass projects have been implemented here mostly by European Union funding. The Department of Environmental and Landscape Geography, Eötvös Loránd University has chosen the Bükk LEADER Region as one of the studied areas in its 3-year research programme, which try to determine the potentials of the renewable energy sources and the possible landscape conflicts which they might cause. As first step we assess the current energy use patterns of the region with the application of statistical sources as well as data collection in the field. According to our hypothesis, biomass has a significant role in the heating sector.