Calls for proposals are now open for Community-Driven Clean Energy Transition in Coal, Peat and Oil-Shale Regions.
- Proposals should build capacity amongst communities in coal, peat and oil-shale regions to maximise spending of the Just Transition Mechanism in the area of the clean energy transition leading to increased uptake of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. Proposals should support local/regional bottom-up activities, that are in line with territorial just transition plans and aim to use effectively the resources of the Just Transition Mechanism and/or and other sources of public and/or private funding. The proposed activities should have a strong focus on engaging local communities and citizens in the clean energy transition.
- Proposals could focus on the following areas (non-exhaustive):
- alignment of local/regional strategies with the clean energy transition and strengthening the implementation by deploying support from the Just Transition Mechanism, which should also include strong citizens’ engagement in the governance structures and decision making processes
- building capacity and understanding amongst key stakeholders, local communities and citizens for the clean energy transition, in particular, with an emphasis on the economic and social opportunities and environmental and health benefits
- alleviating energy poverty including demonstration of the wider benefits including improved health
- developing sustainable energy project pipelines such as the energy-efficient renovation of buildings, energy-efficient district heating and cooling systems or low carbon transport solutions.
- Coal infrastructure is present in 108 European regions and close to 237 000 people are employed in coal-related activities, whereas almost 10 000 people are employed in peat extraction activities and around 6 000 are employed in the oil shale industry.
- The shift to a low-carbon economy presents many opportunities to carbon intensive regions. However, the economic and social impacts of such a transition need to be carefully taken into account and an inclusive and bottom-up approach engaging with local stakeholders and citizens is essential to make this transition a success.
Amount: EUR 3 000 000
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- non-EU countries: listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (participating countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
- the coordinator must be established in an eligible country.
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