Regions for Sustainable Change (RSC)

Regions for Sustainable Change (RSC)

Source of funding

European Commission, INTERREG IVC Programme

Name of client/donor

INTERREG IVC; Joint Technical Secretariat

Consortium members

Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development, Burgenland Regional Management, Commune of Wroclaw , Cornwall Council, Cornwall Development Company, Lamoro Development Agency, Liguria region, Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Le Marche region, La Rioja region Regional Environmental Center, University of Debrecen

Overall project value

EUR 2,099,980


September 2008 – December 2011

Beneficiary countries

Austria | Bulgaria | Hungary | Italy | Malta | Poland | Spain | United Kingdom

Number of staff


The Regions for Sustainable Change (RSC) project was a partnership of 12 organisations from eight EU countries. Through regional networking and cooperation, the RSC partnership served as a model for other regions, promoting a Europe-wide shift to climate-friendly economies. The REC as lead partner was responsible for overall project and financial management, coordination and the implementation of activities. In order to ensure the implementation of these tasks, the REC set up a project team consisting of project coordinator, financial manager and administrative manager.

The overall objective of the 36-month project was to develop the potential of regions to stimulate climate change mitigation and adaptation to climate change and to promote sustainable socioeconomic development. The project aimed to produce the following major outputs:

  • a baseline report on the situation in the partner regions;
  • a report on criteria and indicators for low-carbon regions;
  • a macro-economic analysis of three partner regions, identifying the structural changes required to achieve low-carbon status;
  • a discussion paper on integrating climate change into SEA/sustainability assessments;
  • capacity-building seminars;
  • a methodological handbook on integrating climate change into regional development programmes; and
  • pilot actions to transfer the low-carbon region development model.

The RSC project helped regions towards achieving a low-carbon status by analysing current regional practices and providing innovative tools and guidance to combat climate change on a regional level. The RSC partnership also strengthened the capacity of regional authorities through sharing good practice and experience on climate change risks and options for mitigation and adaptation.

The project team organised and chaired the meetings of the Steering Committee (two per year) that was in charge of strategic decision making and overall monitoring of project progress and achievements. It comprised representatives of the 12 project partners and the project team. The project team was also responsible for preparing progress reports (financial and narrative) on behalf of the partnership and managed common costs. The project team also organised working group meetings in order to design, discuss and implement project activities mainly related to the exchange of experience. In addition, the project team assured smooth communication within the partnership and with external stakeholders. The project team drove the process of preparing project deliverables by coordinating the collection of inputs from other project partners, organising and facilitating working group meetings and analysing and summarising the information in a written deliverable.

  • Report writing
  • Communication and publishing
  • Capacity building
  • Seminar organisation
  • Event and conference organisation

Project Publications