Specific objective 2.1

Supporting the energy transition to a climate-neutral central Europe

Central Europe needs to speed up its performance related both to energy efficiency as well as the production and use of renewable energy to meet EU targets and climate objectives of the European Green Deal. Significant regional disparities between central European regions have to be tackled. Energy efficiency and renewable energy need to be promoted and exploited to reach a wider geographical coverage.

Potential fields to be addressed

Smart integration of carbon-neutral solutions across sectors

Energy efficiency of buildings and public infrastructures

Energy planning at local and regional levels

Financing schemes for energy efficiency and renewable energy investments

Renewable energy sources

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from industry and other sectors

Energy demand management and behavioural change

Energy poverty

Specific objective 2.2

Increasing the resilience to climate change risks in central Europe

Resilience to climate change risks represents an important need for central Europe, especially in view of its significant environmental and socio-economic impacts. A specific territorial aspect is the need for integrated and cross-sectoral approaches to best adapt to climate change. In order to build up climate resilience, general approaches need to be locally adapted towards workable and manageable, integrated solutions which can be proliferated across the entire central Europe area.


Climate change resilience and adaptation measures

Resilience to weather extremes and related hazards (rainfall events, floods, landslides, heat, draughts, water scarcity, wildfires etc.)

Socio-economic and health-related impacts of climate change

Climate-proof landscape and urban planning

Risk awareness, prevention and management

Specific objective 2.3

Taking circular economy forward in central Europe

A climate-neutral, resource-efficient and competitive economy requires up-scaled circular approaches. This economic transformation has to pay attention to the fact that a circular economy will often require a re-arrangement of value chains, changes of interdependencies and the creation of new profit options. It is important that this socio-economic transformation happens across the entire territory of central Europe and does not concentrate on only a few regions.


Waste prevention & management, recycling and recovery of resources & raw materials

Circular economy value chains

Sustainable product design (e.g. eco-design) and product development processes

Repair and re-use

Clean production processes and closed loop systems

Behavioural changes of producers, consumers, public buyers etc.

Specific objective 2.4

Safeguarding the environment in central Europe

The economic and environmental significance of natural assets and landscapes in central Europe calls for a co-ordinated valorisation and protection of biodiversity and ecosystems. There is a strong need to counteract negative effects of human action through integrated environmental management approaches.


Biodiversity conservation and recovery including urban green spaces

Reduction of environmental pollution (air, water, soil, noise, light etc.) and their human health impacts

Sustainable land management and landscape planning

Restoration of degraded ecosystems

Protection of natural heritage, ecosystems and valuable areas incl. Natura 2000 sites

Integrated environmental management and sustainable use of natural resources

Ecosystem services (e.g. production of food and water, clean air, recreational benefits)

Sustainable tourism and the valorisation of natural heritage

Specific objective 2.5

Greening urban mobility in central Europe

A reduction of transport emissions is one of the key targets of the European Green Deal. Smart and greener urban mobility will need an integrated response. Many functional urban areas in central Europe face similar challenges when greening their mobility. The specific territorial need lies in the vast diversity of topics (e.g. pollution and congestion) that need to be addressed in an integrated approach. Furthermore, the topic does not only include different ways of mobility, but also urban as well as urban-rural logistics.


Sustainable urban mobility planning

Smart traffic and mobility management, including commuting solutions

Sustainable multimodal urban freight and logistic solutions (including the “last mile”)

Accessibility of urban public transport for everyone, especially for elderly and frail people

Quality and efficiency of green, urban public transport services

Sustainable multimodal connections between urban and peri-urban areas

Reduction of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants from urban transport

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