EU Regions in the Transformation Towards a Climate-Neutral Future

19.05.2022 | Ecologic Institute
Cover of the study "EU Regions in the Transformation Towards a Climate-Neutral Future" © Ecologic Institute

The EU has set out to become the world's first climate-neutral continent, but how are its cities and regions progressing towards this goal? A new report commissioned by the European Parliament examines this question. It discusses how progress towards net-zero can be measured at the regional level and identifies common barriers facing regional governments' ambitious climate policies. The study is based on six case studies from EU regions that have successfully begun the journey towards net neutrality. For the report, Ecologic Institute provided conceptual input on how to define climate neutrality and on how to gauge regions' progress towards it. In addition, the team carried out the case study on industry decarbonization in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). The report is available for download.

In cooperation with ÖIR GmbH and Vienna University, Ecologic Institute has examined six best practices of successful transformation towards a climate-neutral future at regional level. The cases include:

  • the Climate Action Roadmap of Päijät-Häme, Finland,
  • the Climate Plan of Copenhagen, Denmark, with its aim to make the Danish capital climate neutral by 2025,
  • the coal phase-out and economy transformation of Wielkopolska Wschodnia, Poland,
  • the soft mobility initiative of the tourist region Werfenweng, Austria,
  • the first-of-its-kind climate-neutral economic zone in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and
  • the promotion of climate neutrality in Graciosa, Portugal.

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Download report: EU Regions in the Transformation Towards a Climate-Neutral Future

Further Links

EU Regions in the Transformation Towards a Climate-Neutral Future – Report
Nature-Based Solutions in Europe: Policy, Knowledge and Practice for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction – EEA Report No 1/2021
Urban Nature: A Shared Solution to The Climate and Biodiversity Crises? – Policy Brief

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