On 29 September 2016, the CBSS Expert Group for Sustainable Development – Baltic 2030, in cooperation with the Baltic Development Forum (BDF), organised a joint seminar focusing on questions of how to finance energy efficiency initiatives. The seminar was intended to be a platform for dialogue between local and regional governments; cities, state, commercial and financial institutions, as well as business representatives from the clean-tech sector.
With around 40 participants gathering at the premises of the CBSS Secretariat in Stockholm, the discussions focused on how to allocate existing funds to intensified investments in energy efficiency and to provide opportunities for enhanced knowledge-sharing, also by highlighting potential and existing areas of co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region.
Throughout the day, ideas and best practices were exchanged and the participants gained a better overview of the state of play in regards to the Baltic Sea regional energy market, and what is needed in order to secure a sustainable low-carbon path and reaching ambitious climate targets.
Through the exchanges, the need for the countries in the Baltic Sea Region to be better connected in developing an integrated approach to tackle challenges with respect to energy efficiency investments, became apparent. It was recommended that the Nordic countries’ accumulated knowledge and front-runner position in securing green transition should be even better utilised and transferred to the neighbouring countries. Additionally, the well-established collaboration frameworks in the region should be better promoted and more often used as a platform for an improved cross-level (central and local governments) and cross-sectoral (private and public sectors) dialogue.
Access more detailed key messages and recommendations of the seminar here.