Thematic Pole 4: LOW CARBON COMMUNITIES

The SEE Programme approved a number of projects that shared a concrete approach towards low carbon local communities in different ways but having a common aim of making local authorities resource efficient. Energy efficiency (EE) policies at local level have received quite a strong input by the number of approved projects tackling this specific issue and by the strong involvement of relevant municipalities and stakeholders. Furthermore, renewable sources present and/or developed in the programme territory (e.g. hydropower, geothermal at low temperatures, solar) have a strong potential to provide an additional input to local policies. Projects aiming at improving the performance of local authorities in terms of energy and resource efficiency have the chance to exchange best practices, knowledge and concrete useful outputs, to strengthen the value of their outcomes.

Resource efficiency is a top priority reflected in Europe 2020 and in the South- East Europe (SEE) area agenda, especially in the light of excessive consumption of energy and the lack of efficient coordination measures on how to use resources more consciously. To boost resource efficiency, city leaderships have a major role to play at local and regional levels. We gather projects aiming at improving the performance of local authorities in terms of energy and resource efficiency with the strategic objective to make the cities and regions of Europe real low carbon communities. Projects main scope are climate change mitigation, RES (geothermal, hydro, solar, ...), EE, waste valorization, sustainable energy planning, public energy management and awareness raising. Projects intend to elaborate common, Pole level activities, but also to capitalise knowledge and create connections on bi- or trilateral level. The Pole is also committed to further capitalise the results of closed and ongoing national or transnational cooperation projects in the field by gathering fellow projects.

  

POLE LEADER CONTACT DETAILS:

RE-SEEties project: Mr István Hunyadi - Local Governement of Budapest, District 18

Tel. 00 36 1 296 1325

hunyadi@bp18.hu

LIST OF JOINT ACTIVITIES PROPOSED: 

- Organization of  Thematic Pole (virtual) meetings in every 6 months

- Presentation of RE-SEEties project and discussion on further capitalisation activities at RENERGY Case Study Visit Exchange - Potenza (Italy), 27/06/2013

- 'Barrier brainstorming' session for Pole members and participation at Green Development in South-East Europe in function of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation conference - Fojnica (Bosnia and Herzegovina), 28-30/08/2013: 7 SEE projects and 4 other projects funded by Intelligent Energy or IPA Adriatic Cross- border Cooperation programme participated. The hosting conference was the final event of the 9th Regional Summer school on advanced energy planning within the traditional Days of Carbon Reduction (DAKAR) for SEE. The Thematic Pole of SEE projects presented the main barriers encountered in their topics and results achieved (see agenda). For this purpose, Barrier brainstorming templates were completed by each. The conclusions of the conference will be collected in a final position paper targeting programming authorities. Download here the presentations given. - Event on best policies to promote the platform organised by M2RES project - Bologna (Italy)

- EFFECT project meeting - Budapest, February 2014

- Joint Final Conference - February/March 2014

- Waste Management conference - Bistra (Slovenia), March 2014

- 9th Regional Summer School - Fojnica (Bosnia and Herzegovina), 27-28/08/2013: organized by the Regional Education and Information Centre on Sustainable Development in South East Europe (REIC) in collaboration with German Development Cooperation - GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and Faculty of Resource Management.  The event aims to gather projects and transnational experts to brainstorm together on new strategies and cooperation within the Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union. Pole 4 is organising an event linked to this Regional Summer School. More information is available on the RE-SEEties website.

- 10th Regional Summer School - Fojnica (Bosnia and Herzegovina), 27-28/08/2014: The representatives of ten EU funded projects got together in Bosnia-Herzegovina to have a look at their past achievements and formulate new alliances for 2014-2020. The meeting, organized by the Thematic Pole Low Carbon Communities, resulted in four new project ideas on smart grids, green public procurement, energy poverty and historic buildings? management. More information in this press release. 

- Final conference for expert and general public of SNAP SEE project - Crete (Greece), September 2014

MAIN OUTPUTS TO BE ACHIEVED:

- Sharing experiences in the field by exchanging and building- in project results aiming also to avoid disadvantegous thematic and geographical overlaps (For instance: Sharing the waste mangement tool (CO2ZW) of ZEROWASTE project (MED Programme) with RE-SEEties, EFFECT and MILDHOME; Sharing the data collection and forecasting tool on energy consumption elaborated by RE-SEEties with EnVision2020 project; Benchmarking project outputs from Mild Home and EFFECT to TRACE)

- Organisation of Pole level Barrier brainstorming event to identify common barriers and solutions

- Creating knowledge sharing platform  (for instance: Knowledge sharing of Geothermal energy use possibilities; Creation of separate Pole sub- page at the RE-SEEties Resource Efficiency Information sub-portal, including event calendar of Pole projects).

- Creating common databases: Report on Stakeholders and Key words databases.

  • Pole stakeholders database: a data base of the basic stakeholders from all Pole projects based on lists from all involved Projects partners, categorised based on various criteria.
  • Output Pool: it contains a thematic key words Catalogue to facilitate search in the projects' outputs using  pre-selected key words and the respective projects titles and the title of the specific document of the project.

- Mutual and/or joint participation at thematic events organised by the members of the Pole or outside parties

- Increase visibility of the field by developing Pole level dissemination activities (for instance the capitalisation edition of the RE-SEEties project newsletter); increase visibility of individual projects by website and newsletter cross- references; Create Linkedin, Youtube channel and Facebook group for the Thematic Pole

- Creation of position paper for future programming, joining efforts targeting policy makers

- Improved capacitiy, legislative, planning and management performance (technical, social and political) of local authorities and their relevant stakeholders towards challenges emerging out of climate change and excessive energy consumption (For instance: cooperation in the development of RE-SEEties EU level Policy recommendations and LEGEND project's Political and technical memorandum and guidelines). See here LEGEND project newsletter informing about the process.

- Creation of thematic and legisltaive (i.e. permitting procedures) conditions for executive projects, public and private investments in the field

- Promotion of balanced and sustainable economic growth in SEE area enabling to face growing energy demand and the challenges of climate change, as well as supporting cross- sectoral approach

- Finding synergies and links between SEE and other EU funded projects in the field

- Formulation of new strategic goals leading to input for new funding programmes (especially in the South East Europe area) and to establish new partnerships/projects for the upcoming funding period

MAIN PROJECTS FORMING THE THEMATIC POLE:

                             

           

        

Related files:
pdf Thematic Pole 4 Factsheet_31_12_2013.pdf
pdf Thematic Pole 4 Position Paper.pdf
pdf Thematic Pole 4 Newsletter (Capitalisation edition of RE-SEEties project newsletter).pdf
pdf Report on Stakeholders and Key words databases.pdf
xls Stakeholders and partners database.xls
xls Output pool: Key words database.xls