RegENERate: Mobilising Regions for Energetic Re-development and Transformative NECPs
The overall objective of the project is to support the CEE countries’ contribution to the EU efforts towards a net-zero emissions future. The project will contribute to more ambitious and effective climate and energy policies in CEE, backed by a long-term commitment to phase out fossil fuels, improve energy efficiency and promote renewable energy.
The project will build on the Bankwatch Network’s recent work on just transition and energy transformation in the CEE countries. It will deepen previous cooperation with stakeholders to proactively engage in developing governance instruments and ensure financial means for the implementation of the NECPs at the national and local level. The approach of integration of NECPs in local level planning will be further developed through the project to become a methodology for the integration of climate objectives through a community – led process. These existing collaborations will form a key part of our means of attaining our objectives.
Start date: 01/01/2021
End date: 31/12/2023
Source of funding: LIFE Programme
Overall project value: 1,303,239 Euro
The project will be implemented in the following Member State(s) and Region(s) or other countries:
The project will aim to achieve the following objectives:
– To step up the multilevel dialogue on climate and energy transition in targeted CEE countries and enable increases in the countries’ climate ambitions in the NECP revisions for 2023.
– To advance the development of and compliance with the EU climate objectives of local ReDevelopment strategies, especially in the regions that are moving away from a fossil fuel-based economy.
– To develop a transnational exchange platform for the creation of a knowledge base for low carbon energy transition at regional and local levels.
C1.1: Publications on practical aspects of implementing the energy transformation.
C1.1.1 Thematic analysis: energy poverty (national/local dimension and solution) and decentralised RES potential.
- Hungary – 1 thematic analysis: Energy poverty and energy transition in Hungary, March 2022
- Bulgaria – 2 thematic analysis:
1. Analysis of the possibilities for green hydrogen production in Bulgaria and its use for energy needs , August 2021
2. Report on energy poverty issues, possible solutions, August 2021
- Romania – 1 thematic analysis: Decentralized production of energy, a solution for energy poverty, May 2022
- Latvia – 1 thematic analysis: Energy poverty in Latvia – from definition towards action, January 2023; In English and Latvian with short English summary
C1.1.2 Fact sheets on local RES/EE investments schemes and compliance with climate goals.
- Romania – 1 fact sheet: Fact sheet on local RES/EE investments schemes and compliance with climate goals, November 2021
- Bulgaria – 1 analysis: Analysis for the alternative economic development of coal areas, August 2021
- Latvia – 1 Factsheet: Financial support for renewables in Latvia , October 2022; In English and in Latvian with English summary
C1.1.3 Fact sheets on decreasing primary energy consumption.
- Slovakia – 1 fact sheet: Heat consumption for homeowners, December 2021
- Estonia – 1 fact sheet: Fact sheet on decreasing primary energy consumption, March 2022
C1.1.4 Fact sheets on building local capacities and social acceptance of the energy transformation
Slovakia – 1 fact sheet: Skúsenosti s plánovaním teplárenstva v Dánsku, April 2022
Romania – 1 Fact sheet: Cum finanțăm investițiile în energia regenerabilă și eficiența energetică din Gorj și Hunedoara, March 2023
C1.1.5 Briefings with infographics and videos on best-practice or unsustainable investments for local/regional actors involved in just transition re-development plans
Poland: 1 briefing: Just transition in Poland – an overview of territorial just transition plans from six coal regions , October 2021
Bulgaria: 1 briefing: Comparative analysis of the advantages of decentralized energy production, August 2021
C1.2 Publications on the state of the NECPs (National Energy and Climate Plans) implementation in 7 CEE countries:
C1.2.1 Quarterly updates for decision makers
- Status of the Territorial Just Transition Plans in central and eastern Europe, March 2021
- Status of the Territorial Just Transition Plans in central and eastern Europe, July 2021
- Territorial Just Transition Plans for Polish Coal Regions, October 2021
- Status of the Territorial Just Transition Plans in central and eastern Europe: December 2021 update, December 2021
- Status of the Territorial Just Transition Plans in central and eastern Europe: December 2021 update – Annex: Slovakia, March 2022
- The state of youth engagement in the implementation of the EU’s Just Transition Mechanism , May 2022
- The state of youth engagement in the implementation of the EU Just Transition Mechanism – July/September 2022 (just-transition.info), October 2022
- What is the current state of the just transition processes in Bulgaria? , January 2023
- Assessment of Latvia’s Territorial Just Transition Plan , February 2023
C1.2.2 Annual reviews of the NECPs progress – 2 publications were produced:
Reaching for a green recovery: what holds back progress in ten EU recovery and resilience plans, February 2022
National energy and climate plans: catalysts for the energy transition or box-ticking exercises? , June 2023
C1.3 Methodology for integration of the NECPs objectives in the regional re-development plans:
C1.3.1 Case studies highlighting key elements and pros of the planning practices developed in Bulgaria, Slovakia, Latvia and Hungary in the first year.
1 briefing was produced titled: How can we assist you?
C1.3.2 Develop methodology for participatory local/regional Re-development strategies with focus on Just Transition (coal/shale oil/gas) and less developed regions – joint publication targeted to local and regional authorities and local stakeholders
- 1 methodology: Just Transition Project Implementation checklist, April 2022
Sub-action C2.3: Financing for re-development plans and measures – dialogue with the financial institutions
C2.3.2 Manual on sustainable investments and funding for advancing just transition
C3.2 Annual outreach of the Just Transition Platform:
C3.2.1 Annual events for progressive stakeholders in Brussels or in the CEE region (annually with all partners and national stakeholders involved). They will be held in Brussels in 2021 and 2023, and in Czechia in 2022 in relation to Czech Presidency.
1 annual event was held online in February 2022.
The title of the event was “Taking stock of the just transition in central and eastern Europe“
Second annual event was held in person in Brussels, Belgium in November 2022
C.3.3.2 One forum (conference) in the Baltic States hosted by Latvia
One forum in the Baltic states was held in September 2022 hosted by Latvia
PUBLICATIONS IN LOCAL LANGUAGES
Bulgaria’s Post-Coal Future: How Political Shortsightedness Dooms the Just Transition
Publication date: 28.1.2021
Despite agreeing to the EU’s carbon neutrality 2050 goal and being one of the largest beneficiaries of the Just Transition Fund, the government of Bulgaria has not yet announced plans for a post-coal future, let alone a timeline for the coal phase-out.
Analysis for the alternative economic development of coal areas
Publication date: 9.8.2021
The purpose of the analysis is to assess the opportunities for the alternative economic development of the coal regions in Bulgaria, which will contribute to sustainable development. The alternative economic development for these regions is linked to the development of clean energy technologies, preserving Bulgaria’s energy base in the light of the European Union’s ‘Green Pact’ and the subsequent goals of sustainable ‘green’ and ‘digital’ transitions, the EU’s transition to Industry 4.0 as well as the need for recovery of the country from the perplexed and unreasonable actions provided by the government in the field of energy over the last 20 years.
Analysis of the possibilities for green hydrogen production in Bulgaria and its use for energy needs
Publication date: 18.8.2021
The purpose of the analysis is to objectively examine the production of the potential green hydrogen in Bulgaria and the need for investment in this direction, following the policies of the European Commission and using possible public and private sources of funding. The analysis presents ongoing projects and pays special attention to its application in the mobility sector, where a level of technological maturity has been achieved.
What is the current state of the just transition processes in Bulgaria?
Publication date: 30.1.2023
This briefing summarises just transition planning in Bulgaria thus far, reviewing the TJTPs’ compatibility with EU requirements and the overall process’s alignment with the partnership principle. It provides recommendations for improving just transition in the upcoming period.
Comparative analysis of the advantages of decentralized energy production
Publication date: 19.8.2021
The purpose of the comparative analysis on the advantages of decentralized energy production, is to determine the energy production from nuclear power plants, thermal power plants for coal and gas and hydropower plants for dams.
Report on energy poverty issues, possible solutions
Publication date: 25.8.2021
The analysis titled ‘Energy poverty, possible solutions+ offers exceptional depth and knowledge of the problem at the EU and national level. It offers appropriate and realistic solutions to this huge social problem. The analysis will be provided also to the ministries for wider perspective and options on the measures to sustainably reduce the number of people receiving energy subsidies.
Who is afraid of energy transition and Green Deal
Publication date: 17.11.2021
Over the past 10 years, the opportunity to start transforming the energy sector towards reducing dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear energy has been missed. Bulgaria is facing the dangers of a rapid and painful energy transition. Several successive Bulgarian governments, not without the help of the trade unions, preferred to postpone the reforms in the energy sector, to deny the decline in the importance of coal and the difficulties facing the development of the coal industry. They did their best to maintain in society the illusion of no alternative to coal, despite clear European and world trends for years.
Fact sheet on decreasing primary energy consumption
Publishing date: 18.5.2022
The Estonian Green Movement and CEE Bankwatch Network have developed a fact sheet that highlights opportunities for reducing primary energy consumption in Estonia. It serves as a reference point for environmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and other institutions faced with the question of how to ensure energy supply security in a society whose economy continues to grow.
A dedicated Just Transition website
Thematic analysis: energy poverty and energy transition in Hungary
Publication date: 3.2022
This briefing presents ways of accelerating energy transition and tackling energy poverty in Hungary while increasing the potential of renewable energy sources. It also provides a summary of recommendations for municipalities and other relevant institutions looking to achieve these goals.
Financial support for renewables in Latvia
Publication date: 28 October 2022
This briefing provides an overview of public funding and financial instruments for renewable energy source deployment in Latvia that have either already been launched or are planned to be launched in 2022, as well as provides insights on planned programmes that could help finance more renewables in the coming years.
Just transition in Poland – an overview of territorial just transition plans from six coal regions
Publication date: 2.9.2021
Poland is one of the countries in central and eastern Europe that plans to use European funds to finance just transition in their coal regions. In order to receive the funds, these regions will need to prepare Territorial Just Transition Plans (TJTPs). The TJTPs detail the regions’ plans for phasing out coal and developing alternative development actions.
This report reviews the plan for preparing the TJTPs, as well as the plans’ coherence with EU climate goals, vision for the future, and main interventions. It evaluates each coal region’s plan in its current form and provides recommendations for improving the drafting process and the plans themselves.
Financing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Gorj and Hunedoara
Publication date: 3.2023
The publication elaborates on the challenges of the coal mine regions in the counties of Gorj and Hunedoara, Romania. Coal-based energy production is the most problematic one in regards to CO2 emissions. Furthermore, if we look at the social dimension of the transition, these two counties will be the most affected regarding job losses in the coal industry. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for the transition process to be successful for these mono-industrial counties, but we know that diversifying economic growth and creating jobs in sustainable fields can ameliorate the negative social effects of the energy transition.
Thematic analysis: energy poverty (national/local dimension and solution) and decentralised RES potential
Publication date: 5.2022
This report examines legislative initiatives and public policies dedicated to energy poverty reduction in Romania and their results and explores the potential of renewable energy sources in mitigating this phenomenon. The report concludes with recommendations for national authorities to accelerate the decentralisation of energy production from renewable sources to solve energy poverty.
The Women’s participation in the just transition process
Publication date: 8.2022
The report is an exploratory research, documenting the quality of life of women in the Jiu Valley. It is based on a comprehensive approach, attempting to address all aspects of women’s lives in the valley, but it is not an exhaustive approach, as its scope cannot encompass all possible experiences. Specific to exploratory research, the methodology is qualitative.
Experience with heat planning in Denmark
Publication date: 4.2022
This report details the experiences of Denmark in implementing district heating and renewable energy solutions. It aims to serve as an inspiring model for the German state of Baden-Württemberg, where similar energy-saving measures are planned as a way of meeting its climate and energy objectives.
Case study: energy-saving renovation of an apartment building in Slovakia
Publication date: 12.2021
This case study focuses on the renovation of a residential apartment building in Prievidza, Slovakia. It provides an example of how residents, owners and local governments can reduce energy consumption, and also draws attention to the lack of consultative opportunities provided to citizens concerned with rising energy costs.
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- What to do when public participation in the planning of Territorial Just Transition Plans is more formal than substantial? Read more.
- 17 NGOs call on Czech PM Babis to commit to a 2030 coal phaseout date. Read more.
- Navigating the just transition webinar: two years of just transition planning – what have we learned? Read more.
- Navigating the just transition webinar: is coal really making a comeback? Read more.
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- Navigating the just transition: role of energy communities Read more.
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