LIFE CEESEU-DIGIT – Central and Eastern Europe Sustainable Energy Union’s Design and Implementation of regional Government Initiatives for a just energy Transition
Duration of the project:
1. 12. 2022. – 30. 11. 2024.
University of Tartu
Međimurska energetska agencija d.o.o., Društvo za oblikovanje održivog razvoja (DOOR), Enviros s.r.o., Climate Alliance, Ida-Virumaa Omavalitsuste Liit, Tartu Regiooni Energiaagentuur MTÜ, WWF Hungary, Vidzeme Planning Region, Gulbene District Council, Mazovian Energy Agency, LEA – Lokalna energetska agentura Spodnje Podravje
Our primary objective is to build capacity in 6 carbon intensive regions in 6 countries in the CEE for holistic regional Energy and Climate Action Plans (ECAPs) aligned with NCEP national targets supporting the Green Deal, and will involve marginalized and vulnerable groups, especially energy-poor households. A second objective is to assist municipalities to formulate, fund, and implement their ECAPs aligned with regional ones. At both levels, extensive capacity building will be extended to assist with building ECAPs. Drawing municipalities into energy regions will help cross-pollinate ideas, share knowledge and tasks, and apply for financing. Public sector capacity building (WP2, WP3) will help (a) formulate a holistic ECAP with energy provisions and carbon footprint reduction while improving climate-sensitive social goods – mobility, parks, playgrounds, clean air and water, biodiversity conservation; (b) address energy poverty – heating/cooling, adequate ventilation/lighting, domestic hot water, cooking; (c), attend to constituents and act on behalf of their needs; (d) understand financing options and how to apply for these; and (e) work with the private sector to mute opposition to the CET and to encourage and incorporate funding of ECAP initiatives by business (WP5). A just CET needs to maximize support, minimize opposition, and overcome apathy, requiring social science/social psychology theory to be applied (WP3). Non-public sector stakeholders (key players, context setters, the crowd, and subjects) will each be targeted by specific social and conventional media outreach (WP6). Dissemination will be (a) upward to national levels, the CoM, and the EU for use in energy transition planning (WP5, WP6); (b) across a broader CEE geography via CEESEN, a recently established NGO, to have by the end-of-project 2500 members using its online platform to share best practices, lessons learnt, and ideas that can advance the EU’s climate goals (WP6).