Climate Change and Clean Energy

Continued efforts were made to enhance the integration of climate policy requirements and commitments into national legislation; and to promote sustainable, clean energy management to pave the way towards a low-carbon society. In line with international priorities, adaptation to climate change has also been addressed in regional and transboundary contexts.

Clean energy

As a European partner in the Europe–China Clean Energy Centre (EC2), the REC organised the high-level conference “Cooperation on Energy Security: China–EU Government and Business Perspectives”, which attracted over 200 Chinese and European policy and business representatives from the energy sector. It produced newsletters and provided communication and publication support for the EC2 demonstration zone in Urumqi, contributing to the EU-China Partnership on Urbanisation. The REC prepared a training course for EU–China exchange on clean energy policies, reaching over 1,000 Chinese officials and government agency representatives via an online platform; and a study assignment for Chinese experts in Europe on best practices for sustainable energy cities.

As part of a project to promote technology transfer by utilising solar energy in SEE, the investment environment was assessed, and investment gaps and trends in the SEE solar market were identified. Possibilities for reducing GHG emissions in SEE were assessed, gaps and needs identified, and recommendations drafted for decision makers.

Low-carbon development

In cooperation with the commercial banking sector, the project “Financing Low-Carbon Refurbishment” develops affordable financing structures for energy efficiency investments in the housing sector.

Within the SEE Transnational Cooperation Programme the project  “Low Carbon SEE” was launched to strengthen the capacity and knowledge of public authorities and other institutions and to develop a systematic cross-sector approach to the creation of low-carbon policies.

Climate change adaptation

Within the ENVSEC Initiative, adaptation to the adverse impacts of climate change was addressed as a security issue. ENVSEC has worked in close cooperation with stakeholders in the climate adaptation process in SEE, discussing the most vulnerable hotspots and ways to improve overall regional climate resilience, with a special focus on adaptation in relation to water and mountains.

As regional focal point for Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the REC continues to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and to promote international cooperation, trainings and educational activities, enhancing national activities and adding value at regional level. Following the international climate change negotiations, the REC drafted a new action plan to provide climate stakeholders in REC countries with up-to-date information and training, in accordance with the Cancun Agreements, the Durban Platform, and EU mitigation and adaptation activities.

At the 18th Conference of Parties (COP18) to the UNFCCC in Doha in December, the REC organised an exhibit and two side events and the executive director made a statement at the plenary meeting.

REC Slovakia is acting as advisor in the working group for the elaboration of the Bratislava Adaptation Strategy. Bratislava has been selected to take part in the EU Cities Adapt training.
CLOSE TO HOME: The REC’s head office in Szentendre experiences directly the impacts of a changing climate
Publications

An EU-China Win-Win Business Opportunity
October 2012 | Print

Clean Energy Perspectives – Issue 5
August 2012 | Print

Clean Energy Perspectives – Issue 4
March 2012 | Print

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