The project seeks to advance progressive thinking and action about decarbonisation and national/regional energy transition strategies in SEE. Furthermore, it will develop evidence-based strategies for ensuring a successful energy transition.
The project seeks to advance progressive thinking and action about decarbonisation and national/regional energy transition strategies in SEE. Furthermore, it will develop evidence-based strategies for ensuring a successful energy transition. In particular, the project will
i) build a SEE think tank network working on decarbonisation and strengthen its capacity, ii) develop science-based, cost-effective, politically feasible solutions to power system transition maximizing opportunities from regional cooperation & EU-level support, iii) engage with SEE climate & energy policy stakeholders (government, industry, society, academia) to advance Renewable Energy Sources (RES) when developing integrated national energy & climate plans, and iv) feed SEE insights to EU-discussions on the Clean Energy for All Europeans package and the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework, incl. options to reduce RES financing cost.
Project conference in Vienna in November 2018. Photo: Agora Energiewende
Countries throughout Southeast Europe (SEE) have high shares of electricity generated by an aging fleet of coal-fired generators (lignite and hard coal). Decisions for modernizing or replacing a significant share of these capacities will be taken within the next decade. At the same time, the region has a vast potential for developing renewable energy as well as significant opportunities for enhancing energy efficiency. The political commitment of governments in SEE to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, the EU’s push for an integrative, economy-wide approach to climate and energy policy-making, and the close geographical and political ties between countries in SEE offer a unique opportunity to advance decarbonisation and energy transition in the region over the next decade.
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition 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.