Accession countries are required to establish comprehensive energy and climate change policies. Energy efficiency plays a prominent role in achieving the European Union's climate protection targets. CSOs and local stakeholders play a crucial role in formulating and implementing energy efficiency policies in line with EU standards. They raise awareness amongst their constituencies and implement the policies on the ground. They are also aware of the specific legal, administrative, and technical challenges that might obstruct a successful implementation.
This project aimed at strengthening local actors in Turkey, Serbia, the Czech Republic, and Bosnia / Herzegovina, enabling them to contribute to an energy policy definition that is in line with EU standards while respecting local needs and constraints.
Partners/ Implementing Agencies:
- Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Turkey Representation
- Centre for Monitoring and Evaluation
- Centre for Ecology and Energy
- Centre for Progressive Technology
- Association of European Union Policies
- Conducting a survey on energy efficiency policies to provide relevant information for civil society organisations (CSOs) and local authorities
- Holding capacity building workshops for CSOs to strengthen their competence on EU energy policies
- Organising an international conference on municipalities and energy efficiency
The project enhanced awareness about energy efficiency strategy in the public and among decision-makers of Turkey and Serbia. The media coverage about the project in Turkey and Serbia was high. Among others the project influenced the European Year of Energy in Serbia. Through trainings and conferences the capacities of decision makers concerning energy efficiency and its implementation in the project countries could be strengthened. Furthermore, durable and sustainable partnerships, transfer of knowledge and experience among CSOs and municipalities could be created. In Serbia, a new project was initiated by the project partners.
This project was conducted from 2009 to 2011. It was supported by the European Union with €250.000, implemented under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.