The low-carbon priority aims at increasing the use of renewable energies and improving energy efficiency while exploiting the economic growth potential of the low-carbon sector. The projects funded under this priority will contribute to enhancing knowledge and skills with regard to efficient energy management of public infrastructures. They will develop and implement territorially based low-carbon strategies and support mobility in functional urban areas hence helping to tackle the challenges central Europe is facing in energy production and consumption.
Our fourth call offers an unique opportunity to combine Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE outputs and results
with others delivered by projects funded under directly managed EU Programmes.Check CORDIS database of HORIZON 2020 project results
Following three calls for proposals we are funding 23 transnational cooperation projects on low carbon strategies.
42.5 million eur erdf
These projects focus on energy management measures with the aim to reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency of public buildings, in particular schools, as well as addressing the retrofitting and refurbishment of existing buildings into near zero energy buildings.
Projects cover both technical and financial solutions, also applying different forms of financing and contractual arrangements as well as demand side management tools. Besides buildings, two approved projects also address other types of public infrastructure such as wastewater treatment plants and municipal waste management infrastructure as well as public lighting.
These projects address a variety of energy planning topics which are complementary to each other, with a certain focus on renewable energy resources. Topics covered so far range from the usage of shallow geothermal energy planning for heating and cooling strategies to the exploitation of renewable energy potentials and increased energy efficiency in rural regions. Also governance aspects such as better management of sustainable energy and climate change mitigation in public administrations are tackled. Furthermore, approved projects cover the specific topics of waste heat utilisation and energy financing with the aim of setting up of innovative financial instruments for a low carbon energy transition.
These projects focus on biodiversity and the conservation of habitats, including topics such as the sustainable management of protected areas and the transnational monitoring as well as protection of lynx populations. Furthermore, several approved projects are addressing water management which includes heavy rain risk management, the protection of drinking water resources and the improvement of river basin management through water retention measures. In addition, projects address the topics of air quality, with a focus on indoor air quality, as well as circular economy.
Partners in our CE-HEAT project developed a new methodology for better utilizing waste heat. This methodology is now tested in a Slovenian hydro-power plant in Fala, where the immense heat produced by the plant will no longer drift away into the atmosphere. Instead it will warm the nearby museum and help it to cut energy bills by about 60%.
Did you know that renewables are currently the leading source of electricity generation in the EU? And that in the years 1995-2016, the amount of solar and wind energy capacity increased 100 times? This information and much more is available in the latest EU energy statistical pocketbook.
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The funding programme CENTRAL EUROPE 2007-13 was our predecessor. More than 1.300 public institutions and private businesses closely
cooperated in 124 transnational projects for the benefit of our regions. Take a look at what Interreg achieved already back then:
To find out more about projects and beneficiaries of other cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation programmes within the European Union visit the KEEP database