BETTER - Bringing Europe and Third Countries Closer Together Through Renewable Energies

Project description


BETTER project intends to address RES (Renewable Energy Sources) 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. In simple words, the BETTER project is about "how to secure energy supply and how to best use renewable energy sources which are available not only in the EU-countries but in wider neighbourhood of Europe. And how much it would cost, which solution is cheaper and brings more benefits to all countries while securing energy available at all times.

Objectives

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.

Donors



Donors Amount
2012-2015
CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Technologicas) $83,434

Delivery

Year Delivery
2012
Overview
Project status
Active
Project duration
June 2012-January 2015
Geographic coverage
International (Europe)
Focus area
Energy and Environment
Project officer
Robert Pašičko (robert.pasicko@undp.org)
Partners
Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Tecnológicas y Medioambientales; German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.); Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands; JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH; National Technical University of Athens; Observatoire Mediterranéen de l’Energie; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Vienna University of Technology; United Nations Development Programme Croatia
Project document
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