Since 2018, C-Track 50 has been mobilising and guiding public authorities at a local and regional level to get on track for carbon neutrality by 2050. The project coming to an end this year, partners are presenting the outcomes of 3 years into the project and where some of the municipalities stand today.
Regional and/or local energy planning are equally important. Therefore, project partners have been focusing on developing Integrated Sustainable Energy and Climate Policy Plans for 2050 at a local level, as well as informing/developing regional energy planning based on formulated priorities. In total, 107 municipalities and 11 regions have been supported, resulting in 16,500 GWh in energy savings and renewable energy production and 14,500 kt of CO2 emissions saved by 2050.
Foreseen measures mostly relate to building renovation and street lighting retrofitting, but also increasing renewables, adaptation to climate change, sustainable mobility, waste management, awareness-raising, and much more. Project partners have not only supported municipalities in conceiving and updating climate & energy plans, they are also helping them with implementation and financing by developing investment concepts for the foreseen projects. In total, 50 million euros of investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy have already been approved, with more on the way.