PANEL 2050

Partnership for New Energy Leadership 2050

Project activities: 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 organisations and individuals can start to design the sustainable future for their community. 

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 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: Supporting the CEE communities on transforming into low-carbon economy with the help of local forerunners.

Project results:  The CEESEN network has been created and operating effectively.


Project partners:

  • Agenda Z.S. (Czech Republic)
  • Balkan Development Solutions BDS Ltd. (Macedonia) 
  • ConPlusUltra Ltd (Austria) 
  • Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant Regional Development Agency (Lithuania)
  • Agency for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection (Romania) 
  • Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (Slovenia) 
  • Mazovia Energy Agency (Poland) 
  • Estonian University of Life Sciences (Estonia)
  • Tartu University (Estonia)
  • VVF – Svetoven Fond za Divata Priroda, Dunavsko-Karpatska Programa Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
  • WWF Vilag Termeszeti Alap Magyarorszag Alapitvany (Hungary) 

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

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