Six European regions have joined forces in a common initiative to reduce CO2 emissions regionally and locally. The objective is to develop low carbon solutions at regional and local level and contribute to economic growth at the same time.
The solutions will be developed in a number of collaborating activities between municipalities and regions across Europe. The six regions are: Region Syddanmark (Denmark), Västra Götalands regionen (Sweden), Principado de Asturias (Spain), Regione Emilia-Romagna (Italy), Gorenjska (Slovenia) and Province of Zeeland (the Netherlands).
The regions will work with three strategic themes being New Climate, New Energy and New Leadership. Local authorities will be invited to participate and work together in sub-projects, dealing with use of renewable energy in local energy systems, carbon capture and carbon storage, procurement practices, low carbon territorial planning and empowerment of citizens.
During the spring 2010 the regions participating in the project Low Carbon Economy Regions (LoCaRe) invited local authorities to put forward good proposals for projects within the five sub-themes. Activities to reduce or remove CO2 emissions might build upon existing experiences and contribute to promote development and regional policies and planning.
The project has received 3.2 M. Euro from the Interreg IV C programme dealing with innovation and environment. The total of the project amounts to 4.2 M. Euro of which the half (2 M. Euro) is allocated to sub-projects in collaboration with local authorities in the six regions.
The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.
For further information contact Project Manager Helle Knudsen