ALPSTAR

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ALPSTAR aims at moving towards carbon neutral Alps by making the best practice become minimum standard

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Full project title and funding programme

Alpstar. Toward Carbon Neutral Alps – Make best Practice Minimum Standards

Funding programme: Alpine Space Programme

Subject

Climate Change

Schedule and project consortium

Schedule

01.07.2011 – 31.03.2014

Project consortium

Description

ALPSTAR aims at moving towards carbon neutral Alps by making the best practice become minimum standard. The project encourages the capitalization, diffusion and implementation of proven good practice measures in the reduction of climate change and the preparation of cross-sectorial strategies and action plans toward carbon neutrality on regional and local level.

It contributes to the implementation of Alpine Convention Climate Action Plan and assures interaction with and transfer of results to policy level. The project provides framework for knowledge transfer between regions, for capitalization of results of other projects and for implementation of measures toward carbon neutrality in the regions. Strategies and action plans toward carbon neutrality will be prepared and their implementation will start through implementation measures.

Problems to be addressed

The project is addressing the need for well-directed and cross-cutting action to effectively manage climate change and reduction of climate-damaging emissions in the Alpine region. More specifically this project is addressing the following challenges:

  • Lack of integrative approach in coping with climate change in terms of national and regional boundaries, different sectors and policy levels.
  • Lack of participatory approach both in terms of stakeholders from different sectors, administrative levels as well as population. As a result, cross-sectorial conflicts emerge.
  • Lack of capacity of local and regional administrative actors to implement stronger strategic actions toward carbon neutrality.
  • Insufficient knowledge in regions on how to raise awareness and how to mobilize the population for the climate change issues and improve public support for climate change reduction policies and measures.
  • The need to move from concepts to actions in terms of encouraging and accelerating the mainstreaming and implementation of proven good practice measures (best practice becoming normal practice). Lack of sufficient technical knowledge for transfer and implementation of good practice measures is still present in the regions.
  • The existing knowledge and experiences in preparation and implementation of measures toward carbon neutrality is not capitalised enough.

Objectives

  • To move toward carbon neutral Alps by making best minimum standards.
  • To encourage and support exchanges of experiences and know-how among pilot regions
  • To search for good practices in preparation and implementation of strategies, action plans and measures toward carbon neutrality and to make them become minimum standard.
  • To improve transboundary, cross-sectorial and inter-policy-level cooperation in coping with climate change.
  • To promote an integrative and participatory approach in development of cross-sectorial strategies, action plans and implementation of measures toward carbon neutrality.
  • To empower local and regional administrative actors to become facilitators of change.
  • To encourage pooling, transfer and implementation of innovative and efficient good practices from and to other Alpine regions and beyond.
  • To define the enabling factors, which can bring an idea to practice.

Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs

  • Agreement on common methodology for transfer of knowledge in good practices strategies, action plans and measures toward carbon neutrality.
  • Creation of good practice transfer tools.
  • Preparation of guidelines on development of cross-sectorial strategies and action plans toward carbon neutrality.
  • Evaluation and recommendations on how to achieve carbon neutral Alps.
  • Preparation of good practice implementation plan and implementation of good practices.
  • Creating policy network and elaborating recommendations for politicians.
  • Capacity building seminars for stakeholders outside the pilot regions

Expected and achieved results

Expected results

  • Good practice transfer platform is established and ready for use by network of Alpine regions. This tool contains good practice approaches in development and implementation of strategies, action plans, examples and directory of good practice measures.
  • Through face-to-face exchange, approach (study visits, seminars, and workshops) 1500 stakeholders are increased in Alpine regions in participatory and integrative approach as well as in preparation and implementation of cross-sectorial strategies, action plans and measures toward carbon neutrality.
  • Until project end, at least 60 good practice measures are available as a source of knowledge for good practice transfer and implementation.
  • Practical guidelines in preparation and implementation of cross-sectorial strategies and action plans toward carbon neutrality available for use by regions.
  • One cross-sectorial strategy of action plan toward carbon neutrality per each pilot region agreed among stakeholders and start of its implementation.
  • Implementation of one good practice measure toward carbon neutrality per pilot region.
  • ALPSTAR Policy Board appointed and close cooperation with key policy actors on level of Alps established and continued.
  • Recommendations prepared for Policy Board to be used in policies on national, Alpine and EU level. Recommendations of Policy Board used in pilot regions’ strategic documents assuring consistency with policies.

Main results

  • Good practice transfer platform.
  • Increase approach capacity. Implementation of cross-sectorial strategies, action plans and measures toward carbon neutrality.
  • Availability of good practice measures.
  • Practical guidelines of cross-sectorial strategies and actions.
  • One cross-sectorial strategy of action plan.
  • ALPSTAR Policy Board appointed and close cooperation with key policy actors.
  • Recommendations on policies

Outputs developed by the project

Outputs

Uncovered expected needs

The project was not too successful in promoting a strong participatory approach and in raising awareness and mobilizing the population.

Project strengths and weaknesses

Project strengths

Strengths were the project structure and the stakeholder participation. Also, the realization of SEAPs at local level was positive. There was also an effective internal and external (with PA and stakeholders) communication. The project partners shared very good knowledge.

Project weaknesses

The dissemination and transfer of knowledge sometimes was not strong enough. There were delays on some Work packages. And, there was a lack of interest among policy makers. Also, the state of knowledge among the project partners proved to be very heterogenous.

Contact and homepage

Jure Leben

Jure.leben@gov.si

Tel.: +38641353874

Project homepage

References

ViSiBLE report identification of successes and common challenges of EU-funded projects (2014)