More than 40 participants from beneficiary countries and numerous international organisations participated in a high-level event marking the end of the project “Support for Low-Emission Development” (SLED). The main purpose of the event was to present the results of the project to key stakeholders from the countries involved, the donor community and EU institutions in order to raise awareness of low-carbon development opportunities in the building and electricity sectors in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Key research findings, and their relevance to evidence-based policy making, were also discussed. In addition, the meeting facilitated the exchange of ideas on climate policy needs; climate and energy priorities; and potential follow-up activities aimed at supporting low-carbon pathways in the region. The event, which was organised by the REC, was held in Vienna.
The workshop agenda and presentations can be found here.
On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, the Department of Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency within the Albanian Ministry of Energy and Industry, with the cooperation of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), held a SLED project workshop on energy efficiency in public buildings. Albanian national experts Teuta Thimjo, Rodon Miraj and Gjergji Simaku presented the results of the Albanian component on public buildings, and also introduced a study that is being conducted on energy audits of public buildings. These results will be included with the data that will accompany the National Action Plan 2016-2020, which is in its final stage of development.
The SLED project was presented in Amsterdam to high-level members of the Energy Community and other interested parties from Canada, the U.S. and Europe at the largest gathering of energy programme and policy evaluators in Europe and Asia. During poster sessions, workshops and a panel discussion at the International Energy Policy and Programme Evaluation Conference “From Paris to Amsterdam: The route to successful energy policies”, SLED findings and results were described to participants by Mrs. Aleksandra Novikova and Mrs. Vaiva Indilaite, enriching discussions that will help plot the route to successful carbon-neutral and mitigation policies and programmes.
During the workshops, many questions were raised about the project funding scheme, audit measurements, and the evaluation of spillover effects. The panel discussion focused more on project successes and limitations, practical implementation issues, and how the results might contribute to activities in the future.
On February 12, 2016, the REC project team and several international experts convened in Albania to plan future work and discuss possible buildings to be included in the future audit template for SLED Component 3. The primary aim within the component is to develop a typology of public buildings based on energy audits and data surveys. Already existing audits will be collected and processed, but as the data currently available is insufficient for required purposes, new building data surveys will be carried out to obtain a complete overview about the building types in scope.
The SLED project was presented at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21, at the side event “Climate Cooperation between the EU, the Western Balkans and Turkey” on December 5, 2015. The event was an opportunity to present the results of the ongoing programme of the Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network (ECRAN), which builds on the earlier Regional Environmental Network for Accession (RENA). The aim of ECRAN is to build capacities for achieving compliance with EU climate policies and the EU climate acquis in the seven EU candidate countries and potential candidates (in South Eastern Europe and Turkey). The event focused on ECRAN activities aimed at promoting compliance with EU climate policies and legislation; assistance with the development and implementation of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); capacity building for the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS); alignment with the EU’s monitoring mechanism (GHG inventories); and adaptation actions. The side event also highlighted the results of the parallel SLED project, which modelled decarbonisation pathways for several countries in the region in the electricity and residential building sectors. The results of the SLED project have also been used for the INDC development work of the ECRAN programme.
The results of the SLED project for Serbia and South Eastern Europe were introduced in Belgrade on December 3, 2015. The lead researchers and modellers made presentations about the analytical work underlying scenario development and the results of electricity modelling in South Eastern Europe (SEE).
The results of the SLED project for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia were introduced in Skopje on November 20. The lead researcher gave a presentation on the analytical work underlying scenario development as well as the results of the modelling.
The results of the SLED project for Montenegro were presented on October 27, 2015, in Podgorica. The lead researchers and modellers presented the analytical work underlying scenario development, along with the results of the modelling.
The results of the SLED project for Albania were introduced in Tirana on October 26, 2015, to representatives of NGOs, government officials and other stakeholders. The lead researchers and modellers made presentations about the analytical work underlying scenario development, as well as the results of the modelling.