In the 2050 EU Energy Strategy, the EU has set a long-term goal for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80-95% when compared to 1990 levels. In March 2018, C-TRACK 50, a project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union was launched with the aim to support the EU long term targets, by mobilizing and guiding public authorities in defining long-term energy policy priorities, and supporting regional and local authorities in developing, financing and implementing ambitious integrated sustainable energy and climate policy action plans in order to achieve climate resilience and carbon neutrality by 2050.
The 3rd project meeting was successfully held in Oviedo, Spain, on the 5th and 6th of February 2019. Apart from discussing progress to date and planned activities, emphasis was given on formulating recommendations on energy policy priorities for 2050. More specifically, partners presented the outcomes from the national roundtables held across Europe that focused on identifying the best available collaboration models for strategic energy planning at a country level, exploring the role of different stakeholders, as well as on formulating recommendations for strategic long-term national energy planning.
Furthermore, partners presented the outcomes from the roundtables’ held for local authorities that focused on policy priorities for regions and municipalities for 2050, as well as priority actions and exemplary energy efficiency measures to implement. The second day was dedicated to a capacity building activity on sustainable energy planning where partners exchanged best practices and experiences.
Partners from 11 different EU countries participate in C-TRACK 50. Associated beneficiaries from Greece include the National Technical University of Athens as Project Coordinator (www.epu.ntua.gr) and the technical partner EPTA SA (www.epta.gr ).