Showing the way to a low-carbon future for European regions
MEPA has collaborated with 12 organisations from 8 different EU countries on a €2.1 million project titled Regions for Sustainable Change (RSC) in an effort to promote an EU-wide shift to climate-friendly economies and to identify opportunities for, and the costs and effects of, moving to a low-carbon economy. This three-year long project was partly funded by the EU Interreg IVC programme. The project was led by REC – Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe based in Szentendre, Hungary.
Recently MEPA officials attended the project final conference held in Cornwall, UK. Participants had the opportunity to discuss the major achievements of the RSC project, amongst which are the key deliverables produced and tested during the project implementation period by the various participating organisations. These consist of a number of innovative, easy-to-use tools for all regions that are striving towards a low-carbon, climate-friendly economy. Of major interest to regions approaching the task of establishing baseline models, or seeking to monitor a region's progress in low-carbon development, is the Regional Climate Confidence Index (RCCI). This innovative tool developed during the project allows regions to carry out a periodic self-assessment. A further example of the series of tools developed by the RSC Project is the Prioritising Actions for a low-Carbon Economy (PACE) tool, which examines the cost efficiency of possible adaptation and mitigation measures by comparing the impact on costs, jobs created, and carbon savings.
The final publication of the RSC project is the methodological handbook ‘Building a low-carbon economy: A handbook for European regions’ designed to help and inspire regional bodies throughout Europe to shift towards low-carbon development. This project was coordinated by Mepa’s International Projects Team within the Environment Protection Directorate. For more information about the project, its activities and deliverables log onto www.rscproject.org