Alpe-Adria Clean Transport Alliance

The project is completed. The aim was to enable local and regional governments in the Alpe-Adria-Region to decarbonise their transport systems.


Electrification of transport plays a significant role in the transition towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions energy systems. Strategic documents such as National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) recognise this as well. In order to fulfil the NECPs and to meet the targets of the EU Clean Energy Package, it is imperative that actors implement concrete measures on a local level.

Electric Car with promotion for the 3rd SDEWES conference (c) SDEWES

Electric Car with promotion for the 3rd SEE SDEWES Conference. Photo: (c) SDEWES


To facilitate this goal, the “Alpe-Adria Clean Transport Alliance network” was established, consisting of decision makers from Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Austria, to apply implementation measures for the decarbonization of urban transport and to integrate them into local strategy documents. The network involved relevant stakeholders at local, regional and national level to ensure knowledge transfer and capacity building for all relevant actors.

Four white papers were elaborated to analyse the state of decarbonization of road transport and participation opportunities for local governments in the respective countries. Based on these, the project developed a customized toolbox to support decision makers in their efforts to decarbonize the transport sector. In total, 285 participants were reached through various exchange formats of the project and were empowered to use the toolbox. Based on the feedback received from the participants, the tools were regularly adapted and improved according to their needs. In the long term, the project aims to contribute to the harmonization of standards in decarbonizing the transport sector in the participating countries.

State of Results

  • The “Alpe-Adria Clean Transport Alliance toolbox”: The toolbox enables local authorities to optimize future locations of charging stations for e-vehicles and to assess the costs of supporting such measures in their budgets and strategic plans. The focus was on the regions of Styria, Croatian Adriatic, Slovenia and Montenegro.
  • The “Alpe-Adria Clean Transport Alliance best practices collection”: A brochure with good practices to promote decarbonization of road transport in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia was produced.
  • The cooperation with local and regional authorities on measures of decarbonization of road transport led to the preparation of drafts of various local and regional strategic documents in Austria (3), Croatia (3), Montenegro (2) and Slovenia (2).
  • Link to the project results: https://www.sdewes.org/aacta.php

Project information

Updated: February 2023

Countries: Austria, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia

Project duration: 10/20 - 02/22

Funding: 347,645 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, NGOs, Regional governments

Implementing organisation: SDEWES

Partners: Energy Agency Styria, Regional Development Centre Koper, University of Montenegro

Contact Person:

Mr Antun Pfeifer


Ivana Lučića 5
10002 Zagreb



This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI call for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

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