Project Details

Title: Low-Carbon Economy Regions
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: Yes
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Dec 2013
Website: http://www.locareproject.eu


Total budget: €4,216,111.00
ERDF contribution: €3,227,502.87

Lead partner

Region of Southern Denmark
Damhaven 12
7100, Vejle

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    • Contact Person: Helle Knudsen
      Phone: +45 7663 1905
      Fax: +45 7663 2000

Project summary

Sustainable European Regions Network (SERN) is a network with the goal of implementing and putting into practice sustainable development policies and strategies. One of the means in achieving this objective is to develop and implement larger projects in the participating regions. If enough SERN members prioritise a given project idea, a full proposal - as in this case - will be developed. SERN focuses its work on three overall themes: Sustainable Economy, Sustainable Territorial Development, and Governance for Sustainability.

The project addresses the EU sustainable development strategy set up in the Gothenburg Agenda making environmental considerations and climate change an integral part in achieving the overall goals of the renewed Lisbon strategy. The project focuses on the area of “Energy and sustainable transport” within the Interreg IVc “Priority 2” targets “Environment and Risk Prevention”.


The project runs for four years and starts as soon as funding is secured.

The project’s activities are designed to improve the effectiveness of regional development policies through interregional cooperation and thereby contribute to economic and environmental modernisation as well as increased competitiveness in Europe.

The six project partners are dispersed throughout the European territory and face through their spatial location and different socio-economic characteristics a wide range of development threats and opportunities:

Southern Denmark (DK): a regional authority in southern Denmark (Lead)

Västra Götaland (S): A regional authority in the west-central part of Sweden

Asturias (E): a regional government in the northern part of Spain

Emilia Romagna (I): an administrative region in the northern part of Italy

Business Support Centre Gorenjska (SL): A non-profit limited company established by municipalities, chambers of craft, chamber of commerce and Republic of Slovenia

Province of Zeeland (NL): A province in the south-western part of the Netherlands

The activities in the project include networking and experience exchange (joint annual conferences, workshops and site-visits) and sub-projects implemented by local, public organisations. This will allow for much needed intense intra- and inter-regional collaboration. Activities on both a strategic and a tactical level are thus ensured.

The regions will focus on 3 cross-cutting themes: “New Climate”, “New Energy”, and “New leadership”. The sub-projects, in which the municipalities play an important role, will deal with “Use of Renewables in Local Energy systems”, “Carbon Sinks & Carbon Capture”, “Procurement Practices”, “Low Carbon Territorial Planning”, and “Public as a Driver for Low Carbon Economy”. These sub-projects are linked to the mentioned cross-cutting themes.

The outcomes of the project include Best practice inventories, Thematic analyses, New methodologies and guidelines, Pilot actions, Action catalogues, Policy recommendations and Policy changes

Project achievements

The ambition of the project Low Carbon Economy Regions (LoCaRe) has been to develop and implement low carbon solutions at the local and regional level and at the same time to contribute to economic development. The project has been carried out between 2010 and 2013. Being a mini-programme, an important part of activities has been carried out in Sub-projects by local authorities, universities, NGOs and other organisations. The project has been implemented by three main tools for sharing and disseminating Low Carbon Economy experiences amd perspectives.

1) Site Visits and seminars have taken place in participating regions, presenting and discussing state-of-the-art solutions for Low Carbon Economy in the regions. The examples range from change of systems in transportation, buildings and energy supply over more general actions in energy efficiency, renewables, planning, procurement practices, carbon sinks and capture to actions taken by single companies.

2) Analyses and research reports have been elaborated on the state-of-the-art of Low Carbon Economy in the participating regions, in the EU and on the anticipated road to a Low Carbon Economy (New Energy). The New Leadership report was produced to analyse main driving forces and prerequisites for sustainable development and Low Carbon Economy for politicians, consumers and companies. the New Climate report studied Good Practices as well as disseminationaand transfer of these in the regions to see how they can contribute to a low carbon and growing economy.

3) 6 Sub-projects have been carried out involving multi-regional partnerships between local authorities, universities, NGOs and other organisations. The aim has been to exchange experiences and knowledge, but also to develop new methods and ways to work with low carbon issues.The Sub-projects have dealt with different subjects such as:

- Ways to develop and market biomass for bioenergy, biogas systems etc. (BIOMAP)

- Getting a better understanding of the link bnetween agricultural and forest development and Low Carbon Economy (CARBON.CARE)

- Empower children and students at all levels to act as catalysers for change towards a low carbon society (ESA)

- Empower citizens in smaller communities to use low carbon planning and thereby better utilise the potential for a Low Carbon Economy in these areas (Local Commitment)

- Stimulating companies to reduce energy consumption (VACO2R)

- Decreasing the carbon footprint of the retail sector, changing norms and habits at stores and for customers (ZEROTRADE)


Two Masterplans have been set up to

LoCaRe has set up a Green New Deal, defined as a deal between the different levels of society. The project has provided the basic ingredients for regions and municiplaities to take a more active and leading role for a Low Carbon Economy in Europe.Conclusions and recommendations are that

- Regional implementation based on solid methods is key to speed up EU transition to a Low Carbon Economy

- We enter the era of implementation. Regions are key to build regional and local systems.

- Low Carbon Economy should be at the top of the development agenda as an opportunity for better lives

- New technologies and infrastructure are necessary, but real change depends on local norms and values

- There is no alternative to invest in a more modern and inclusive Europe - Low Carbon Economy and regions are key.


All findings, analyses, examples of Good Practice as well as short films on events, Sub-projects and on Good Practices are featured on www.locareproject.eu.



Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Region of Southern Denmark, Vejle DENMARK Syddanmark +45 7663 1905
Region Västra Götaland, Göteborg SWEDEN Västsverige +46-31-630900
Principality of Asturias, Oviedo SPAIN Principado de Asturias +34 985105989
BSC, Business Support Centre L.t.d., Kranj, Kranj SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija ++386 4 281 72 30
Emilia-Romagna Region, Bologna ITALY Emilia-Romagna 39051283275
Province of Zeeland, Middelburg NETHERLANDS Zeeland 31118631011


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