Coordination Capacities for Sustainable Energy


Increasing the political and personal readiness of targeted regions for the adoption and implementation of a new regional sustainable energy policy


The project targets four areas: three marginalized districts of Slovakia, in which pilot Sustainable Energy Centres (SEC) were set up, and Upper Nitra, a coal region in transition.

Group of participants gathering in countryside

Group of participants gathering in countryside; photo: Friends of the Earth-CEPA Archive

It follows a three-fold objective: first to motivate key regional stakeholders to promote sustainable energy policy and to give a strong mandate to SEC, supported by introducing good energy practice examples from other countries to local stakeholders. Second, to prepare basic planning and implementation capacities related to a new sustainable energy policy by providing SECs personnel with diverse training and study tours. Third, to increase the potential for growing regional demand for a new sustainable energy policy by working with schools and training teachers on how to speak about climate change, its meaning, and its consequences to the students’ lives.

Students looking at photographs

Students looking at photographs; photo: Friends of the Earth-CEPA Archive

Through public exhibitions and lectures that emphasize the link between climate change and the energy sector, the project raises awareness for sustainable energy policy in the general public.


The absence of consistent regional energy planning and no regional coordination capacities result in inefficient use of public funds and in weak transposition of EU climate and energy targets to the local level in Slovakia. A further result is the lack of inspiring and replicable examples of good local energy practice.

In 2018, pilot SEC were set up in three marginalized districts of Slovakia as a result of new state policies aimed at combatting regional disparities. SEC’s mission is to introduce low-carbon energy policy on the district level. The transforming coal region of Upper Nitra seeks to build a similar coordination infrastructure.

Since the SEC are completely new structures, they miss sufficient capacities, methodologies, knowledge, and political support. This project aims to bridge this gap through a combination of measures, including trainings, awareness raising activities, and site visits.

The project holds positive environmental, economical, and social impacts for the targeted area. Furthermore, it contributes to the mainstreaming of ambitious regional sustainable energy policy in Slovakia, to a faster transposition of the EU climate and energy targets to the regional level.

Project information

Updated: March 2020

Countries: Slovakia

Project duration: 10/19 - 03/22

Funding: 71,794 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Companies, Experts, Investors, Private sector

Implementing organisation:
Friends of the Earth-CEPA

Partners: -

Project Webseite: foeeurope.org/slovakia

Contact Person

MS Helena Zamkowskà

Organisation: Friends Of the Earth-CEPA


Námestie Pod Krížom 65

976 33 Poniky-Ponická Huta


Email: zamkovskapriateliazeme.sk


The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

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Tel.: +49 (0)30 338424 570

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

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 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.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de