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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.