10.12.2013/14:24

RE-SEEties: One year of success

The first year of RE-SEEties has seen impressive achievements, bringing together partners from eight countries in South-Eastern Europe, pooling our knowledge and skills towards improving resource efficiency in the region.

In the past year we have held four project meetings and organized three transnational expert workshops. These meetings have helped to ensure the smooth implementation of the project, while also contributing to regular face-to-face communication between project partners. It is safe to say that we are now a transnational team – working comfortably and efficiently together.

As a result of the meetings and workshops, we have also achieved a number of substantive outputs for the project. For example, professional institution partners of the project team have  compiled reports on resource consumption forecasting and resource efficiency after investigating European methodologies and practices on energy and waste management. Methodologies were also elaborated for resource consumption forecasting, resource efficiency measures, RES (renewable energy source) feasibility studies and stakeholder engagement – these topics are crucial for creating a viable local energy strategy and action plan.

The collection of these valuable information source has fed into different aspects of the work program. Based on the collected materials, the RE-SEEties city partners were able to start data collection, elaborate their case study profiles and also develop roadmaps for endorsement.

At the level of city implementation, we also have seen several successes. City partners of the project organised several meetings to involve stakeholders in the implementation and dissemination of project results. Peer reviews were held in each city with the participation of local stakeholders and international experts to collect their recommendations for the finalization of the case conclusion reports. Local stakeholders are now continously informed about the project in the framework of stakeholder platform meetings organised by the cities on a regular basis.

Yet going beyond our specified project achievements, it is clear that the RE-SEEties partnerships are encouraging even more initiatives and actions. The work in the RE-SEEties project has to date inspired several city partners to join the Covenant of Mayors, the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities. This demonstrates their engagement towards sustainable energy management and climate protection.

We hope that the next year of RE-SEEties continues to see such positive momentum, achieving our own expected outputs but also inspiring further change and action towards more sustainable resource management.