Project Details

Title: Regions for Climate Protection: toward Governance, from Knowledge to Action
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Natural and technological risks (including climate change)

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Mar 2013


Total budget: €2,132,370.42
ERDF contribution: €1,627,004.20

Lead partner

Regional Council Rhone-Alpes
DCESE, 1 esplanade François Mitterrand CS 20033
69269, Lyon Cedex 02

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    • Contact Person: Pauline Rivière
      Phone: 00 33 4 26 73 64 23
      Fax: 00 33 4 26 73 47 23

Project summary

In the global context of fighting against climate change, the European Union has committed itself to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% by 2020. The main decisions are taken at the European and national levels but the results have to be achieved in the field. The regional and local levels have therefore a crucial role to play. The starting point of the project is a study on greenhouse gas monitoring methodologies in EU regions carried out in September 2006 by some of the project partners. To go further, the objective of the project is to improve the capacity of regions to build and apply greenhouse gases reduction policies, in order to contribute to climate protection.


The main objective brings in 2 more specific objectives:

> enable regions to efficiently monitor and observe greenhouse gases

> develop regional policies for greenhouse gas mitigation using good governance processes (governance being defined in par.2.1.2)

As part of the project, we also plan to strenghten the dialogue between regions and the EU on climate change policies and their implementation in particular through the Committee of the Regions.


The partnership of the project gathers 11 complementary partners representing 9 Regions (out of which 4 are supported by their regional agency) and 1 international association of energy agencies and regions , with a balanced coverage of the EU Member States from a political and geographical point of view.


The three knowledge areas that will be developed by partners and shared as part of the project are: 1) monitoring and observing greenhouse gases, 2) developing regional policies and action plans for greenhouse gas mitigation, 3) implementing strong regional governance. The project will elaborate assessment methodologies and produce manuals on the three areas, based on the exchange of experience on best practices that can then be used by policy makers.

More regions will be able to benefit from the work done in the project, through the project webportal and other dissemination activities.


The outputs of the project will include identifying best practices on regional climate change policies, addressing climate protection regional policies and preparing implementation plans on regional climate change policies. The project will allow to transfer successfully best practices, to improve regional climate change policies, to increase the capacity of the staff members of the partner regions and to create a network of regional greenhouse gas observatories as a standing working group within an existing network of regions and energy agencies (FEDARENE). In the short-term, the project will enable regions to set up greenhouse gas observatories, develop efficient climate change policies and use regional governance processes to do so. In the medium term, it is expected that greenhouse gas emissions will be significantly reduced.

Project achievements

In the context of climate change, Climactregions targets the exchange of good practices in the fields of Green House Gases (GHG) monitoring, regional strategies to mitigate climate changes and good governance. The project was accepted in January 2010, launched in April 2010 in Lyon and gathers 11 partners representing 9 European regions and the FEDARENE. To improve their skills, the partnership decided to meet at least twice a semester to discuss each time one of the three thematics leading the project. The first technical meeting took place in Genoa (Italy), in May 2010. This meeting was dedicated to the thematic of monitoring GHG emissions and energy balance. Some experts from Rhône-Alpes and from Liguria shared their experiences on the subject. This meeting gathered 40 representatives from the partnership. The second technical meeting took place in Lille (France) in June 2010. It was the occasion to get feedbacks from external experts from the Nord-Pas de Calais Region and also from

other network like NRG4SD about the question "what is a good governance?" within the implementation of an action plan targeting the reduction of GHG emissions. This meeting gathered 50 participants. In parallel, the partnership exchanged intensively during one year about their good practices and with the help of the external expert Energie Demain, a European survey was launched in October 2010 to identify and document good practices across Europe. This survey gathered more than 120 practices in the 3 areas of the project. All good practices are available on the website of the project. A third technical meeting took place in Berlin in September 2011, during witch the partnership learned about the different existing strategies to fight against climate change and especially how the sustainable energy action plan (SEAP) can be built on a regional and local levels. In October 2011, a workshop was organized in Lyon during an international conference on Climate Changes.This workshop gathered

50 participants from the partnership and the local institutions and was dedicated to"sustainable transport". It was the occasion to present the Climactregions project to a larger audience. Experts from the Rhône-Alpes Region and the Basque Country presented their actions to support sustainable transport in their territories. A meeting was organized with the European project ENNEREG in order to exchange about their good practices. At a European level and since the beginning of the project, the FEDARENE participated in several European level events in order to promote the Climactregions project. A newsletter is published each semester. Across border focus group was organized in Jokkmokk (Sweden) in February 2012 focusing on green technologies. A technical meeting took place in Valencia(Spain) to discuss the GHG emissions monitoring methodologies. The meeting gathered more than 60 participants including international experts from France, Italie and Spain. As a result, the “ENERGee-Watch”

European NEtwork of Regional GHG emissions and energy observatories was created. This network was presented during the European Union Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels in June 2012. A key mission of the network is to facilitate the replication of best practices across European regions. Promotional tools were developed such as a dedicated web tool partnership met 4times during the last period: in Maramures in Sept 2012 for the 3rd and last cross border focus area meeting on housing retrofit. They met then in Prague for the internal working group on governance.GLobaly, 14 final action plans have been produced as part of the ClimactRegions project by the 10 project partners. A final conference hasbeen organised in Lyon, in the framework of a European conference on Energy and GHG observation; several partners have presented their policiy for observation and use of datas to an international public. the last meeting took place in bruxelles in January 2013.



Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Regional Council Rhone-Alpes, Lyon Cedex 02 FRANCE Rhône-Alpes 00 33 4 26 73 64 23
Rhônalpénergie-Environnement, Lyon FRANCE Rhône-Alpes 33 4 78 37 29 14
Nord - Pas de Calais Regional Council, Lille FRANCE Nord - Pas-de-Calais 33 (0)
European Federation of Regional Energy and Environment Agencies, Brussels BELGIUM Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest 32 2 646 82 10
Berlin Senate Department of Economics, Technology and Women's Issuses, Berlin GERMANY Berlin 4930 / 9(0)13-8234
Fundaciòn Comunidad Valenciana Regiòn Europea, Valencia SPAIN Comunidad Valenciana (+32) 2 282 41 60 - (+34) 96 386 90 18
Norrbotten energy network, Luleå SWEDEN Övre Norrland 46 920 94120
Kent County Council, United Kingdom, Maidstone UNITED KINGDOM Kent 44 01622 221916
Maramures County Council, Baia Mare ROMANIA Nord-Vest 40 262 211544
Liguria Region - Environment Department, Genova ITALY Liguria 39 0105485352
Energy agency of the Zlin Region, Zlín CZECH REPUBLIC Stredni Morava 420 577 043 945
Regional Energy Agency of Liguria, Genova ITALY Liguria +39 010 5488730
CEAM Foundation, Paterna SPAIN Comunidad Valenciana 0034-961318227
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