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PANEL 2050 project / CEESEN Network

Partnership for New Energy Leadership 2050

Project is supported by European Union Horizon 2020 programme  (EU 3.3.7 − Market uptake of energy innovation- building on Intelligent Energy Europe), grant contract nr 696173.

Project budget: 1 790 500 € (EU contribution 1 790 500 €)

Project duration: 2016−2018

Project aims: The main goal of the PANEL 2050 project is to support CEE communities on transforming into low-carbon economy with the help of local forerunners. Central and Eastern Europe Sustainable Energy Network (CEESEN) will be created to unite different energy actors in the region. CEESEN aims to become the new energy player on the EU energy market. CEESEN is designed to face the challenges of sustainable development in CEE and post-soviet countries. With the support of the project partners and wider involvement of CEESEN network the organizations and individuals can start to design the sustainable future for their community.

Project description: 

Join the low-carbon community in Central and Eastern Europe!

Every community in Europe will be a low-carbon community by 2050. European energy strategy aims to cut its emissions substantially – by 80-95% compared to 1990 levels and effectively turning Europe into a highly energy efficient low-carbon economy. This will boost the economy, create jobs and strengthen Europe’s competitiveness. For the EU to reach this ambition, public authorities at national and especially at local level have to develop locally adapted energy policies and plans with strong involvement from local stakeholders, including private energy industry and civil society actors focusing on both renewable energy production as well as on energy efficiency. In CEE the growth of sustainable energy generation is lagging behind EU average. This means these communities have to increase their current efforts to attain the EU ambition.

We are identifying and supporting the local forerunners of sustainable development. We are creating local stakeholder networks that are developing a shared and broadly supported vision for low-carbon communities in 2050. We are implementing the local sustainable energy visions and promote the concept to other local stakeholders. We are developing shared local sustainable energy strategies. We are improving capacity of local forerunners and stakeholder networks. We are communicating with other local communities, regional, national and EU public authorities in order to strengthen and replicate the concept of local stakeholder networks.

Project partners: Consortium has been combined of 13 institutions in 11 countries and benefits from the mix of experts of different field: energy agencies like TREA (EE), AEEPM (RO), AgEnDa (CZ), LEA SP (SK), MAE (PL), energy advisors like CPU (AT), environmental agencies like WWF organisations in BG and HU, regional development centres like IAERPA (LT) and BDS (FYROM), regional authorities like VPR (LV) and universities like UTARTU (EE) and EMU (EE). This diversity of expertise has been developed to support the multidisciplinary challenge of energy transition. Consortium members have created Advisory Board for supporting its work and nominated a Steering Committee to represent their interest.

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Contact person in TREA: Marek Muiste (, +372 5558 1508)

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