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PROJECT SUMMARY

Project name: PROmoting regional Sustainable Policies on Energy and Climate change mitigation Towards 2030

Project acronym: PROSPECT2030

Period: 2014-2020

Date of latest update: 2019-09-23

Web: https://www.interreg-central.eu

Project start date: 2019-04-01

Project end date: 2021-09-30

Project status: Ongoing

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 1.919.595,91

European Union funding: EUR 1.561.563,29

THEMATIC INFORMATION

2014-2020 Interreg projects are submited to an intervention logic that is part of a comprehensive development and investment framework encompassing all of the ESI Funds – European Structural and Investment Funds (among which is ERDF – European Regional Development Fund). Thematic objectives and investment priorities are key cornerstones of this framework. Overall, for all ESI Funds, there are 11 thematic objectives. ERDF further divides nine of these thematic objectives into 38 investment priorities.

Specific Objective of PROSPECT2030 project is to improve territorially based low-carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation under Thematic Objective (4) dedicated to support the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors by) and Investment Priority (4e) to promote low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures.

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

PROSPECT2030 tackles the challenges related to the transition towards a low-carbon economy and the adoption of climate change mitigation policies that all Central Europe Regions are facing. The project is based on the belief that Regions should be the hub for a radical rethink of public fund use and energy planning approach in a more decentralized and smart way. Its main objective is thus to boost the capacity of involved Regions in mobilising investments addressed to reach 2030 energy objectives at territorial level in a more efficient way with an increased cost-effectiveness than in the past. Despite taking into account the existing planning and public fund legislation framework in each Region, the project will provide an innovative pathway by interconnecting energy planning with economic, financial and technical aspects. The project starts with the evaluation of the 2014-20 investments for low carbon and follows with an energy planning activity with an holistic view toward 2030 for a set of 2-3 key low carbon technologies, identified in each Region with a participative stakeholders consultation. The outcomes of these activities will address the use of public funds for the next programming period, assuring project durability. In this way the investments supported in the future will lead to “Sustainable Energy Regions”, also creating new job opportunities. The delivery of policy recommendations on use of public funds will be drafted with the intent to mainly influence the macro regional strategies insisting in Central Europe. In addition, seven regional Energy Action Plans, online training packages and the replication campaign will guarantee the project replicability, as a wide number of stakeholders, in addition to the partnership, will benefit from project main outputs. The transnational capacity building activity will ease the mutual learning process, while an effective communication campaign will spread out project results and boost the project transferability.

Expected Results:  R 2.2 Reinforced capacities of the public sector and related entities for territorially based low-carbon energy planning and policies achieved through transnational cooperation.

Expected Outputs: The project will improve the institutional and human capacities of the involved Regions in triggering low carbon investments for boosting the transition for the next decade. An energy planning activity with a holistic approach, specifically designed with the intent to address the use of public funds, will be developed. All involved Regions are in the process of updating their energy plans and have solid data to start from. As the energy sector is changing rapidly, the framework conditions require to set up new priorities and innovative solutions (e.g. transition from grants to more market-oriented approaches). Furthermore, it is important that the operational program of public funds is integrating energy, economic and environmental aspects in order to avoid diseconomies and adverse impacts to the environment throughout the life cycle of certain RES projects. The project’s outputs are tackling these issues and will provide contribution to a changing approach. Thanks to a transnational approach in terms of methods and mutual learning, the Project Partners will upgrade their capacity in setting up low-carbon energy policies. Furthermore, the project is pushing the transferability and durability of its outputs outside the consortium by an engagement campaign towards additional seven Regions and by a set of recommendations for CE macro-regional strategies, in addition to an effective dissemination campaign.

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