Building a low-carbon economy: A handbook for European regions

Project information

Index: 0301R1
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)

Topic of the practice

Guidance document to support European regions in a shift towards low-carbon development by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time meeting social and economic objectives.

Good Practice Information

The handbook presents tools, methods and guidance developed within the RSC project, and also provides good practice examples from European regions. The online version of the handbook provides the user with: guidance and inspiration for regions shifting towards a low-carbon economy; and easy-to-use tools for integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation into regional planning.
The various sections of the handbook cover the basic issues confronting any local or regional authority that is implementing low-carbon measures. The four main themes of the handbook represent steps towards low-carbon development: Establishing a baseline; Prioritising actions, Strategic planning, and Monitoring progress. The structure follows the logical order for regional development processes, and the tools and user guidelines are presented accordingly.

Evidence of success

The guidance document suggests a four-step methodology for regional policy improvement in order to support regions in moving towards low-carbon development. The project developed tools for each step, all of which are summarised in the handbook.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Venelina Varbova


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