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Public scrutiny of implementation of the low carbon policy

Public scrutiny Completed
2015-04-01 - 2016-03-31
290 302,43 PLN
260 996,77 PLN
environment protection/sustainable developement
Project description
Polish local communities applying for EU grants for improved air quality investments, modernisation of power production or development of public transport in the years 2014-2020, are required to have Low-Emission Economy Plans (LEEP). They develop LEEP, in spite of having no legal framework or detailed guidelines for them. Local authorities and communities have limited knowledge about the benefits of low-emission economy and the tools they could use. They do not see value in cooperation between the authorities and local residents, as far as preparation of LEEP is concerned. The objective of the project was to increase public control over local climate and energy policies, and the residents’ participation in creating and implementing LEEP. The long-term effect ought to be the improved quality of LEEP. The project included preparation of Public Control Tool (PCT) for LEEP – a list of questions allowing local NGOs and residents to control and design LEEP without expert assistance. PCT was tested in 40 communities from all over Poland. Conclusions and recommendations were collected in the report “The role of local communities in the development of low-emission economy”. An electronic brochure was comprised on low-emission economy and the principles of using PCT. The materials were sent to all local communities and over 400 NGOs in Poland. The project’s outcomes were presented during a nationwide conference and a press conference, resulting in 10 national and professional media publications. The project was broadly publicised via the website and the social media. It facilitated an improved level of knowledge on low-emission economy and the benefits connected with it at a local level, among residents and officials. The prepared materials will contribute to improved LEEP quality and higher participation of NGOs in their creation and updating. The Institute for Sustainable Development participated in the implementation of all the tasks, and it played a key role in collecting the materials necessary for audits. Framtiden i våre hender prepared the material on creating climate policies at a local level in Norway, consulted PCT and the summary of audit results and recommendations, and presented the Norwegian solutions during the conference.
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