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
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
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
C1.1.5 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
C1.2.2 Annual reviews of the NECPs progress – 1 publication was produced: Reaching for a green recovery: what holds back progress in ten EU recovery and resilience plans, February 2022
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
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“
PUBLICATIONS IN LOCAL LANGUAGES
Bulgaria’s Post-Coal Future: How Political Shortsightedness Dooms the Just Transition
Publishing date: 28.1.2021
Analysis for the alternative economic development of coal areas
Publication date: 9.8.2021
Analysis of the possibilities for green hydrogen production in Bulgaria and its use for energy needs
Publishing date: 18.8.2021
Obstacles for municipalities to transition to a low carbon economy
Publishing date: 18.8.2021
Can ‘policy co-design’ pave the way to a just transition? An Estonian example
Publishing date: 11.3.2021
Environmental associations: future Estonian energy system will rely on renewable and sustainable sources, decentralization and energy communities
Publishing date: 14.4.2021
Fact sheets on decreasing primary energy consumption
Publishing date: 18.5.2022
MOVIE: Just Transition in Eastern Wielkopolska, Poland
Publishing date: 11.2.2021
Poland may irretrievably lose half of its funds for a just transition
Publishing date: 23.3.2021
Poland’s 2040 energy strategy: More coal, as ever
Publishing date: 24.3.2021
Will the miners of Malopolska be left in the lurch?
Publishing date: 30.3.2021
Polish miners do have prospects for employment after coal – new research
Publishing date: 7.8.2021
PGN analysis: How available funds should be used to support a real transition in Silesia
Publishing date: 12.5.2021
Miners from the coal region Eastern Wielkopolska in Poland have ideas for life after coal
Publishing date: 2.6.2021
Forum of Mayors for Just Transition – a summary from Poland
Publishing date: 9.10.2021
Slovakia: High-school renovation project, an example of the way to a green future
Publishing date: 26.3.2021
The time for decarbonising district heating is now
Publishing date: 27.3.2021
Listen to the young when planning for just transition, say Slovakian students
Publishing date: 17.6.2021
Learning about solar power, together with Slovak scouts
Publishing date: 27.8.2021
- How are CEE countries doing on creating Territorial Just Transition Plans? Read more.
- Lenka Ilcikova gets “Angel of Prievidza” award for her work on just transition. Read more.
- 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.