With the ratification of the Paris Agreement on the 4th of October 2016, the European Union made a crucial step towards the development of a low-carbon economy. Cities and regions will be an integral player in reducing emissions, achieving the Paris objectives and securing green growth, energy security and competitiveness. To achieve the multi-fold objective of a low-carbon economy, cities and regions across the European Union are facing the challenge of adopting policies and supporting actions and investments to:

  • Support energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, housing, businesses and households;
  • Raise the share of energy from renewable sources in the overall energy mix by encouraging and facilitating the production and distribution of renewables;
  • Promote sustainable, low-carbon transport and mobility, cleaner transport and alternative mobility behaviour;
  • Promote low-carbon innovations and adoption of low carbon technologies, especially in the framework of Smart Specialisation Strategies.

The Interreg Europe Low-Carbon Economy Policy Learning Platform supports regions and cities by collecting and exchanging experiences and good practices towards a low-carbon economy. The platform experts have developed a policy brief presenting a general overview of EU policies supporting the efforts of cities and regions in this field.

Download the Policy Brief. 

The Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform is here to stimulate knowledge exchange. The projects of the same family will be encouraged to learn from each other. To fine-tune the services and products of the Platform to the user needs, we encourage you to share your ideas with Marie-José Zondag, [email protected], Thematic Manager for Low-Carbon Economy. 

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