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Final Conference 1

Ways to go - towards a Low Carbon Economy!

LoCaRe Final Conference

Conclusions and Recommendations

The LoCaRe project has shown that:

·         Regional implementation based on solid methods is key to speed up EU transition to a Low Carbon Economy

·         We enter the era of implementation. Regions are key, building local and regional systems

·         Low Carbon Economy should be at the top of the development agenda as an opportunity for better lives

·         New technologies and infrastructure are necessary, but change depends on local norms and values

·         There is no alternative to invest in a more modern and inclusive Europe – Low Carbon Economy and Regions are key











 At the LoCaRe Final Conference “Ways to go – towards a Low Carbon Economy” participants were invited to discuss these conclusions and recommendations.


Participants agreed on ways to push forward the development in regions and municipalities and highlighted the following four approaches:


New Leadership

·         New Leadership must be organised in a cross-disciplinary way to meet the complex challenges.

·         Government should organise and stimulate meetings at which different disciplines meet and provide basis for innovation and new developments

·         Both bottom up and top down initiatives are important


Holistic approach:

Development of a Low Carbon society must have a holistic approach and take into account that a sustainable future is not only about energy and climate, but also social aspects and the framework for ‘the good life’.



·         To push the development forward, it is important to reach not only the devoted ‘Low Carbon Circles’ but to reach a broader spectrum of stakeholders

·         Communication must be focused on the target group and easy to understand, it should make use of learning by doing and positive storytelling

·         Take economy into account – which is important for the public, the business and the politicians

·         Access to reliable knowledge is crucial


Local Commitment

Active citizens are crucial to make things happen and processes should be facilitated to encourage local engagement. If you want things to happen – start by yourself. You will need knowledge about what is possible, long term economic possibilities and practical solutions.



You will find below the presentations from the conference:


The day was separated into the following three sessions:

Session 1: A Green New Deal  

LoCaRe has delivered basic ingredients of a local and regional Low Carbon Economy for the future. Key words are leadership, norms and habits, resource effectiveness and structural developemt. How can we push this development forward in our regions and municipalities?

This session included the following items:

Click here to read the publication "Green New Deal - Policy Recommendations"

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Session 2: Nudging

Tools to create Green Behavioral Change. How to push forward sustainable development in local areas by nudging? Behavioral scientist Pelle Guldborg Hansen presented the methods and tools of nudging.

The session included the following items:

  • Nudge-approach to behavioral change, introduction by Pelle Guldborg Hansen, iNudgeyou, Roskilde University
  • Workshop - participants were asked to identify behavioral problems. The workshop was introduced by the iNudgeyou team and thematic expert
  • Tools for diagnosing problem behaviour - intro by Pelle Guldborg Hansen
  • Workshop - participants identified concrete bottlenecks. The Workshop included an intro by the iNudgeyou team
  • Introduction to development of nudge interventions and tests - intro by Pelle Guldborg Hansen
  • Workshop - the participants developed nudges. This too included an intro by the iNudgeyou team   

Click here to see the presentation used throughout this session

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Session 3: A New Beginning

The third and final session consisted of funding and dating for the future INTERREG V C-programme.

This session included the following items:

The project ideas are uploaded in the section "News" within short.

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