During the current climate change discussion CO2 has been identified as one of the responsible resources for the ongoing climate change. As at least a major part of CO2 in the atmosphere is based on energy and industrial production and on traffic, technological changes in energy production, industrial production as well as changes in mobility can lead to significant CO2 reductions.
A consortium of international partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Germany has developed a CO2-calculator to evaluate and to demonstrate the CO2 production in certain areas – cities, municipalities or administrative districts based on the energy consumption for
- residential buildings,
- public buildings,
- transport and mobility.
By factoring potential changes in energy production/energy consumption into the calculator the potential of CO2, which can be reduced is indicated.
North Sea Sustainable Energy Planning PLUS picks up results and networks from the previous project with a focus on development and dissemination of the CO2-calculator in the participating regions. The CO2-calculator shall be established as an instrument for an efficient and continious CO2-balancing by the project partners.
The project observes the following main targets:
- Status Quo analyses concerning CO2-balancing in the North Sea Region
- Feasibility studies to implement the CO2-calculator as an instrument for regional climate protection
- Developing a guideline for regional CO2-balancing
- Marketing actions to reach new target groups
- Open up debates with citizens, local and regional policy makers and stakeholders
- Know how exchange and transfer with external experts
- Identifying new funding possibilities for further development and dissemination