Enhancing synergies between European renewables and regional development policies

Hanger S, Steinhilbner S, & Pfluger B (2013). Enhancing synergies between European renewables and regional development policies. RESPONSES Project , The Netherlands.

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Abstract

Renewable energy is key to decarbonising the European economy and mitigating climate change. For national and European Union policies to be successful, they need to be coherent and work together. We investigated whether EU regional development policies supported the deployment of renewable energy sources in a number of EU Member States. We find that regional policy is not well-aligned with the objective to extend renewables in the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Poland. There are inconsistencies between the two policies including: mismatches in renewables targets and respective cohesion policy allocations; mismatches in operationalization across energy and cohesion policies; insufficiently clear description of the relevance of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds in the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAP); and a mismatch between the existing rhetorical commitment for integrating markets and grids, and substantial allocations in EU regional funds. These mismatches may impede the effective use of regional funding to support renewable energy sources.

Item Type: Other
Research Programs: Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Bibliographic Reference: Policy Update No. 8, FP7 RESPONSES Project - European Responses to Climate Change (April 2013)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:49
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 11:49
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10667

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