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Citizen engagement in the protection of cultural heritage
This policy brief considers the mechanisms that can be used to foster the participation of citizens in cultural heritage projects and the value which this can bring.
Ecosystem services: Interregional cooperation for sustaining the European natural capital
Policy brief on EU policies, approaches and good practices as concerns protection and restoration of ecosystem services.
Cultural heritage in urban areas: Sustaining heritage in cities and towns
This policy brief highlights the approaches aimed at securing the sustainable management of cultural heritage in urban areas.
Protection and sustainable management of cultural heritage: The role of regional cooperation in preserving cultural heritage
This Policy Brief highlights the value of cultural heritage, and considers how regional actors can meet the challenges, and ensure sustainable management of these assets.
The role of cities and regions in promoting resource efficiency across the EU
This policy brief highlights the need to use resources in a sustainable way and presents key policy developments in this direction. Emphasis is put on policy actions of cities and regions aiming to improve resource efficiency.
Protection of biodiversity and natural heritage: Exchange of experience and policy learning for greener Europe
The policy brief highlights the need to improve the relevant policies and to provide multi-stakeholder solutions for protection and sustainable use of the natural capital. Emphasis is put on the exchange of experience and policy learning for greener Europ
This policy brief provides information on how industrial symbiosis is supported by EU policy framework and on the potential actions regions and cities can take to support the establishment of sustainable industrial networks that are based on exchanges of
Sustainable management of bio-waste: Regional cooperation for improved bio-waste management
This policy brief highlights the approaches which have been taken to improve management of bio-waste. The focus is put on European Union waste policy developments and regional actions encouraging more sustainable management of bio-waste.
Role of Green Public Procurement in improving resource efficiency
Public procurements representing approximately 19% of EU GDP. By using procurement as a tool strategic policy goals can be reached. This policy brief addresses the EU policies, approaches and good practices aimed at promoting green public procurement.
Protection and sustainable management of heritage in coastal and fluvial regions
The policy brief presents the main challenges that coastal and fluvial regions are facing with regards to protection and sustainable management of cultural and natural heritage assets. It demonstrates that cultural and natural heritage is a significant as
This policy brief highlights policies and approaches which have been taken to prevent and reduce food waste, with focus on EU waste policy developments and regional actions.
Production-consumption trends are putting excessive and unsustainable strain on the environment. Resource input costs are becoming volatile. Read in this policy brief why eco-innovation is a potential solution.
Use of technologies for better protection and management of nature and biodiversity
Explore the link between technology use and the protection of natural heritage. Several good practices demonstrate inspiring examples on how emphasising the benefits of technologies and stimulating their uptake leads to great benefits.
Cultural Routes in Europe
Discover the transnational routes that help tourists discover how Europeans have lived since ancient times. This policy brief presents the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes Programme, the EU’s policies on Cultural Routes, as well as lessons from interre
Circular Economy Business Models in the EU
Discover the challenges and solutions that policymakers face in implementing circular economy business models. This policy brief includes recommendations on how to speed up the development of these models.
Sustainable waste management in a circular economy
The shift from a linear to a circular economy is a major challenge that requires sustainable management of waste and resources.
Good governance for biodiversity
The economic development in Europe in the past century put an enormous burden on biodiversity. Biodiversity is vital for human health and is important for economic factors with over half of global GDP depending on ecosystem services.
Separate waste collection
The European Union (EU) is aiming to reduce the environmental impact of waste and its dependency on raw material imports and thus fosters the transition towards more sustainable materials management and a circular economy.
Sustainable tourism: strategies to counteract overtourism
Overtourism has a devastating impact on natural and cultural heritage of many popular holiday spots around the world. This policy brief presents solutions to the current challenges of the tourism sector.
Sustainable water management in the circular economy
In order to make Europe more sustainable and to become a pillar in the shift towards a circular economy, water management needs to improve significantly. Get inspired by policy solutions in this policy brief.
Rivers and wetlands: drivers of sustainable regional development
Read this policy brief and get an overview of how the current EU policy framework may guide and support local and regional authorities in the implementation of river and wetland restoration measures.
Promoting the Low Carbon Economy in the EU: EU Policies and the Role of Cities and Regions
Cities and regions will be an integral player in reducing emissions, achieving the Paris objectives and securing green growth, energy security and competitiveness. This policy brief presents a general overview of EU policies supporting the efforts of citi
Promoting the low carbon economy in the EU: planning for sustainable urban mobility
A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) as a modern planning concept to promote low carbon urban mobility.
Smart grids: flexibility from new sources needed to make renewable power work
This policy brief looks into why there is an increasing demand for flexibility in the electricity grid, how this flexibility can be provided, what the main challenges are, and how Interreg Europe projects are dealing with flexibility in the electricity gr
Improving energy efficiency in buildings
This policy brief analyses Interreg Europe projects dealing with this issue and gives a clear overview on how to tackle the widespread problem.
Governance Change for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
This paper presents the work done in Interreg Europe projects, looking at how governance and behavioural change can support the transition to low carbon energy. It will present good practices which are readily transferable, and make recommendations for re
Demand Responsive Transport
Demand-responsive transport (DRT) is a flexible mode of transportation that adapts to the demands of its user groups. DRT can also have significant environmental benefits through reducing the number of private vehicles on the road, and by supporting multi
Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are planning instruments for cities that encourage joined-up decision-making across sectors and between stakeholders, for providing high- quality, sustainable mobility. The SUMP concept is elaborated by the Europea
Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency
As buildings account for 40% of energy consumption in the EU and more than 35% of CO2 emissions, improving their energy performance has become a key policy aim in order to meet long-term climate and emissions targets.
Electric mobility (e-mobility) has emerged as one of the most promising technological solutions to replace fossil fuels, and has the potential to power most forms of personal and public transport. Local and regional authorities have a vital role to play i
Renewable Energy Communities
At its most basic, renewable energy communities involve generation of energy from renewable resources and technologies, which are partly or wholly owned by local communities.
Promoting Active Modes of Transport
Regional authorities prioritise the encouragement of active transport thanks to its health and other benefits such as reduction of car use, congestion and air and noise pollution.
Funding Energy Efficiency through Financial Instruments
Europe faces a major challenge to renovate its building stock and achieve its carbon emission targets. Doing so will be achieved through both public funds and investment from private funds. Read more about how public authorities can help to leverage priva
Improving the convenience of public transport
The shift to a low-carbon economy will rely heavily on the use of zero-emission vehicles and increased use of public transport. Take a look at how you can improve its convenience in your region.
Supporting local bioenergy development
Bioenergy is one of the most flexible renewables that does not release new carbon into the atmosphere. Discover European Frameworks, funding schemes and Good Practices in this Policy Brief.
Cycling has many socio-economic, health and environmental benefits that its promotion should be a logical policy choice. This policy brief helps turn these dreams into reality with good practices, guidance and recommendations backed by real-life examples.
Self-consumption of renewable energy can provide financial, environmental and security benefits for households, businesses, grid operators and society at large.
Sustainable urban logistics
Urban logistics is responsible for significant carbon emissions, air pollutants and urban noise. Authorities realise that clean urban logistics need to become mainstream to support continued sustainable economic growth.
Skills for the energy transition
We need to foster skills for the energy transition at local and regional levels to encourage clean technologies and energy-efficient applications to reach the European Union's climate targets.
A1.1 Methodology for comparative analysis
This is the Methodology and Tools that EXTRA-SMEs partners used in order to collect and analyse data on existing frameworks in licencing procedures.
A1.3 Methodology on collecting best practices
This methodology guided EXTRA-SMEs partners on identifying best practices on raising the economic potential of the aquaculture sector.