Countries throughout Southeast Europe (SEE) have high shares of electricity generated by an aging fleet of coal-fired power plants. Decisions concerning whether to modernise or replace a significant share of this generation capacity will be taken within the next decade. At the same time, the SEE region has a vast potential for developing renewable energy and enhancing energy efficiency. Accordingly, this project is seeking to enable decision-makers to advance RES & efficiency initiatives in the region’s four EU member states: Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Romania. In particular, the project will
- establish a robust SEE think tank network that is devoted to decarbonisation;
- develop science-based, cost-effective, politically feasible solutions for power system transition that maximise opportunities for regional cooperation & EU-level support;
- engage with SEE climate & energy policy stakeholders (government, industry, society, academia) to advance RES when developing integrated national energy & climate plans; and
- share insights about the region in order to enhance EU discussion on the Clean Energy for All Europeans package and the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework, incl. options to reduce RES financing costs.
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.