Low Carbon South East Europe (LOCSEE)

Low Carbon South East Europe (LOCSEE)

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

Slovenian Government Office of Climate Change

Overall project value

EUR 234,107

Date

September 2012 – December 2014

Beneficiary countries

Albania | Austria | Belgium | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Croatia | Greece | Hungary | Italy | Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia | Montenegro | Serbia | Slovenia

Number of staff

22

The countries of South Eastern Europe (SEE) already have experience in introducing measures aimed at reducing GHG emissions through the transposition of EU climate legislation, the drafting of low-carbon policies and the introduction of low-carbon technologies, although progress is not uniform across the region. The main challenges that have been identified are the lack of a systematic approach to creating low-carbon policies, and a lack of knowledge and capacity on the part of public authorities and other institutions dealing with climate change for developing and implementing low-carbon policies. The LOCSEE project therefore aimed to build the capacities of public and other institutions dealing with climate change, and to strengthen the involvement of key stakeholders in policy development across South Eastern Europe (SEE). The two-year project was co-funded by the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme and was led by the European Academy of Bolzano (EURAC).

The goal was to develop a systematic cross-sector approach to the creation of low-carbon policies that would contribute to reducing GHG emissions and creating a low-carbon SEE region. Specifically, the project aimed to develop:

  • a cross-sector step-by-step manual on creating low-carbon policies;
  • guidelines for the coordinated transfer of EU directives in the field of climate change;
  • a good practice exchange platform; and
  • a regional policy network to ensure the transferability and sustainability of project results.

The partnership comprised 17 partners from the SEE region (11 active partners and six observers) and involved key actors dealing with climate change, including national ministries, government offices, university and research organisations and international organisations. The 11 active partners were from old EU member states (Austria, Italy, Greece), new EU member states (Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia), candidate countries (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) and potential candidates (Albania), representing the majority of the SEE geographical area.

Within the partnership, the REC was responsible for communication activities, including the design and maintenance of the project website; the design and publication of newsletters and a brochure; and the editing of project outputs. All project outputs are available on the project website.

  • Communication and dissemination
  • Drafting of reports
  • Publishing
  • Communication and dissemination
  • Awareness raising

Project Publications