To meet the EU targets of reducing emissions and moving to a competitive low carbon economy requires long-term planning, being proactive rather than reactive. Central European countries need support in the development of local and regional energy strategies and action plans as they are lagging in their implementation. Local authorities face many challenges in implementing the plans including lack of financing, being understaffed, and lacking local acceptance.
Ongoing activities of our projects include:
- Addressing a variety of energy planning topics that are complementary to each other, with a certain focus on renewable energy resources. Topics covered range from the usage of shallow geothermal energy planning for heating and cooling strategies to the exploitation of renewable energy potentials and increased energy efficiency in rural regions.
- Better management of sustainable energy and climate change mitigation in public administrations.
- Linking of approaches between the demand and supply sides, taking into account the quality and capacity of energy distribution grids through strengthening the knowledge and planning capacity of the public sector and related entities that facilitate the transition towards "Sustainable Energy Region"
- Development and implementation of innovative local and regional energy planning strategies leading to enhanced use of endogenous renewable energy potentials in a balanced way.
- Addressing specific topics of waste heat utilisation and energy financing with the aim of setting up innovative financial instruments for a low carbon energy transition.
Solutions Created by Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Projects:
► Waste heat map and toolbox to support integration of waste heat into regional energy planning
► Toolbox for citizens-based energy planning and financing
► Training package for energy planning and energy transition
► Training toolbox for developing a district heating project
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