BETTER - Bringing Europe and Third countries closer together through renewable energies

Contact:Gustav Resch
Project Team:Sebastian Busch, Lukas Kranzl, André Ortner, Christian Panzer, Johannes Radl, Gerhard Totschnig
Jul 2012
30 months
BETTER - Bringing Europe and Third countries closer together through renewable Energies intends to address RES cooperation between the EU and third countries in several dimensions. The starting point is given through the cooperation mechanisms provided by the RES Directive, allowing Member States to achieve their 2020 RES targets in a more cost efficient way, and thereby including the possibility to cooperate with third countries. Thus, the core objective of BETTER is to assess, through case studies, stakeholders involvement and integrated analysis, to what extent cooperation with third countries can help Europe achieve its RES targets in 2020 and beyond, trigger the deployment of RES electricity projects in third countries and create synergies and win-win circumstances for all involved parties.

The case studies focusing on North Africa, the Western Balkans and Turkey will investigate in detail the technical, socio-economic and environmental aspects of RES cooperation. Complementary to these bottom-up analyses, an integrated assessment will be undertaken from the “EU plus third countries” perspective, including a detailed quantitative cost-benefit evaluation of feasible policy approaches as well as strategic power system analyses. Moreover, co-effects such as impacts on the achievement of EU climate targets, energy security, and macro-economic aspects will be analysed. The final outcome will be a fine-tailored policy package, offering a concise representation of key outcomes, guidelines for practical implementation of RES cooperation, and actions plans reflecting regional specifics.

The strong involvement of all relevant stakeholders will enable a more thorough understanding of the variables at play, an identification and prioritisation of necessary policy prerequisites. The dissemination strategy lays a special emphasis on reaching European-wide actors and stakeholders, well, beyond the target area region.

last update: 2012-12-20

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