COST Smart Energy Regions

Investigating the drivers and barriers that impact on the long term creation of low carbon regions in Europe

In moving towards smart energy regions, this project wants to explore holistic transition approaches on the demand and supply side, integrating the most appropriate elements from behaviour change programmes, business initiatives, policy strategies, measures, tools and technologies.

Low carbon and energy-efficient technology is advancing. Government policy throughout the world needs to achieve considerable reductions in CO2 emissions and overall energy demand over a relatively short time scale to avoid catastrophic climate change and resource depletion. The built environment needs to play a major role in CO2 and energy demand reductions and needs to be addressed at a large scale.

This Action will investigate the drivers and barriers that may impact on the long term creation of low carbon regions in Europe. It will identify what can be done to assist the large scale implementation of low carbon technologies and processes.

Today research on the energy transition is still fragmented and has not yet achieved its full potential for interlinked routes towards decarbonisation of the energy system. It is necessary to address the energy efficiency and renewable energy production efforts on the whole energy chain, from energy production, via transmission and distribution, to final consumption. With the development of smart practices at the key nodes of the complex energy system the energy transition and the underlying paradigm shift shall get a boost at regional level.

COST Action TU1104 Smart Energy Regions - WG1 Handbook

Proceedings of the international conference 'Smart Energy Regions', 11th and 12th February 2016, Cardiff UK

At a glance

Project webpage: COST Smart Energy Regions

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Project partners:

  • University of Cardiff et al.

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Financing: EC, SBFI

Duration: 2012 - 2016