Climate Change and Clean Energy

Adaptation to climate change

Within the EC-funded project Preparatory Action on Climate in the Carpathian Region (CarpathCC), the REC and partners promoted adaptation in the Carpathian region in relation to water resources, ecosystems and ecosystem-based production systems and services, and in the agricultural, forestry, energy, tourism and public health sectors. The project addressed vulnerability to climate change in combination with other anthropogenic pressures; identified vulnerability indicators; defined indicators for the environmental, economic and social impacts of potential adaptation measures; and proposed a list of priority adaptation measures. Climate change resilience in the region was enhanced through the intensive participation of stakeholders during project implementation.

The REC concluded an agreement with the Financial Mechanism Office of EEA Grants to act as fund operator for the implementation of the programme Adaptation to Climate Change in Hungary. The programme aims to promote understanding of climate change impacts and vulnerability in Hungary; encourage action at local level to enhance climate resilience; and share examples of replicable projects. The programme elaborated by the REC has been approved and two calls were launched in the last quarter of 2013.

Promoting sustainable energy and GHG emissions reductions

There is huge potential in the residential sector to reduce emissions, and the REC therefore continued its activities to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.  In order to facilitate the low-carbon refurbishment of individual and multi-family housing, an innovative financing mechanism is being developed.  Negotiations have been carried out with banks in Hungary to establish a revolving guarantee fund. By the end of 2013, a term sheet had been developed as an initial step towards the revolving guarantee fund.

The geographical scope for promoting the wider use of renewable energy sources (RES) was extended to Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova (the GUAM countries). A regional workshop was held on October 17–18 in Kiev, Ukraine, where RES potential, gaps and barriers to their extended use were discussed.

Supporting international initiatives/processes

The REC is taking an active part in the climate component of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC). Activities focus on enhancing capacity and knowledge in relation to adaptation issues in the SEE region. A national training was carried out in Montenegro on climate change impact assessments. The training, which was targeted at local authorities and national parks, focused on climate change conditions, the shaping of national adaptation policies and the integration of climate issues in decision making. The main elements of impact and vulnerability assessments were also introuced.

The REC participated in the 19th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19), which was held in December in Warsaw. The REC stand featured many of its recent publications, and REC experts contributed to three side events addressing GHG mitigation options in the buiding sector in four SEE countries; the promotion of adaptation policies and strategies at local level; and the introduction of decision-making tools to support the shaping of adaptation policies.

TURNING TO THE FUTURE: REC involvement in the EC2 project focuses in part on expanding the share of renewable energy sources in an increasingly urbanised society
Publications

Adaptation to Climate Change
September 2013| Online

MEDIATION and the Adaptation Challenge
June 2013 | Print

LOCSEE: Low Carbon South East Europe
June 2013 | Online

Clean Energy Perspectives – Issue 6
March 2013 | Print

Third EC2 E-learning Course
March 2013 | Online

Cooperation on Energy Security
february 2013 | Print

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