Environmental Financing

Research and reporting

The REC developed 11 country fiches on the potential of regional policy to contribute to sustainable growth in Europe (funded by the EC). The fiches, for new member states, identified areas for investments where the Cohesion Policy can have significant added value in the 2014-2020 programming period. The fiches were acknowledged by the EC DG Regional Policy as a valuable source of information that supports the development of partnership agreements in the respective countries.

The project “Territorial Potential for a Greener Economy” (GREECO), co-funded by the EU ESPON Programme, highlights opportunities for European regions through the implementation of strategic territorial development and Cohesion Policy actions. The REC developed reports on greening the water and waste sectors. A methodology was developed for the analysis of EU policies in terms of their territorial implications and their green economy potentials. The REC worked on case studies for Malta and the Southern Transdanubia region of Hungary.

The M2RES project is co-funded by the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme and focuses on the recovery of landfills, quarries, opencast mines, former military areas and contaminated sites through investments in renewable energy sources. The REC compiled surveys of such sites in Hungary and co-organised a transnational seminar in October. The Joint Technical Secretariat of the SEE Programme presented the REC’s activities as an example of good practice to a visiting Turkish ministerial delegation in November.

As part of its involvement in UNEP’s Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), the REC finalised a website and completed research on fiscal stimuli for the introduction of cleaner vehicle fleets in CEE.

Green infrastructure

The Green Infrastructure Network (GreenInfraNet) is a partnership of 12 European regions that are working to promote green infrastructure through the exchange of experience and expertise and by identifying, analysing and transferring good practices. The three-year project was launched in April and is co-funded by the EU programme INTERREG IVC. As leader of the communications and dissemination component, the REC developed a visual identity for partnership, including logo, leaflet, website and newsletter. In October, the REC organised the project’s second exchange of experience seminar and prepared a detailed report on partners’ capacities to implement green infrastructure.  

Regional policy

The TA continued its involvement with the European Network of Environmental Authorities (ENEA), which contributes to the integration of environmental and sustainable development issues in the regional policy programmes of EU member states and candidate countries.

BREATHING SPACE: The Green Infrastructure Network sees biodiversity conservation in a broader policy framework and in harmony with other land-use objectives
Publications

OrientGate
December 2012 | Online

Integrating Climate Knowledge into Planning
November 2012 | Print

Growing Connections
September 2012 | Print

GreenInfraNet Website
September 2012 | Online

GreenSpace – Issue 1
September 2012 | Online

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