"We improve policy making, initiate change and therefore have long term impacts." 

Alpine Space projects develop new approaches, methodologies and practices and demonstrate their feasibility. The demonstrated effects in responding to Alpine challenges often inspire policy-makers to take up and implement new solutions. This is one of the key reasons why our projects still deliver their full potential years after the project has ended. 

PEACE_Alps: helping Alpine authorities to make their low-carbon transition

The PEACE_Alps project supports Alpine authorities in making the transition to a low-carbon Alpine area. The project is key to helping authorities overcome any barriers in implementing their strategic action plans – as Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs).

PEACE_Alps won the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018 Award in the public-sector category!

Project lead partners Silvio De Nigris and Barbara Girardi from Regione Piemonte were on stage on 5 June in the Charlemagne Building in Brussels, to receive the award from the hands of Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. Silvio de Nigris thanked the project partnership: "Behind a cooperation project there are people. We can reduce carbon footprint by working with people who are determined to make change happen".

(c)European sustainable energy week

Links4Soils: Caring for soils - Where our roots grow

Although being recognised as important, sustainable Alpine soil management is being insufficiently implemented. Causes for this are fragmented governance structures, diverse sectoral needs, lack of targeted soil information and lack of management instruments. With the Alpine soil decision making and support platform, Links4Soils supports policy-makers in their soil management strategies.

The project partners have established the Alpine Soil Partnership: a long-lasting information hub for decision-makers and soil experts. The objective is to ensure a strong transnational cooperation to enhance the protection, the conservation and the ecological connectivity of Alpine space ecosystems and share practical experiences and knowledge on sustainable soil management. The first members joined this network in March 2018 with the signature of the memorandum of understanding. A specific action plan will be developed this autumn.

GaYA: the youth moves the Alpine Space

Young people tend to leave the Alps for lack of professional perspective and involvement in the decision-making processes concerning their town or region of origin.  GaYA intends to address this trend by fostering the involvement of young people in regional governance and by developing new approaches and tools for decision-makers.

The GaYA contest "My Alps - my chance!" is open for submission of videos from people between 16 and 25 years old until 31 August. For more information on the contest, please click here

GRETA: Geothermal energy as sustainable power for the Alps

Attention is high on making the most of renewable energy sources in the Alpine region. However, the opportunity to utilise near-surface geothermal energy (NSGE) has not yet been properly considered. Moreover, differences in country-specific regulations and practices currently impede an increased use of this technology. GRETA aims to develop a shared knowledge base for the transfer and adoption of a lowland technology –NSGE systems – in the Alpine area. It will deliver tools to support decision making and encourage the implementation of NSGE into policy instruments (such as energy plans).

iMonitraf! Making sustainable transport happen through policies!

iMONITRAF! develops common solutions to tackle the over-proportional impacts of freight traffic in the sensitive Alpine area. iMONITRAF! has established a political network, developed several political motions as well as a common strategy for Alpine corridors and has continued its work after the project lifetime. Tools like a monitoring are the basis for linking activities on regional level to ongoing activities on national and EU level.
Currently iMONITRAF! network is actively working together with the relevant European institutions in the ongoing revision of the Directive 1999/62/EC on charging of heavy-goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructure (Eurovignette) to bring to the attention the specific challenges of sensitive mountainous regions. iMONITRAF! supports a distance-based approach which strengthens the polluter pays principle and more flexibility in defining the external cost charge as important elements of the revised directive which shall enable a more harmonised road pricing system to foster modal shift from road to rail.

CESBA_Alps: Alpine low-carbon territories

EU Member States and Regions are directly in charge of the promotion of a more inclusive and efficient use of energy. But they often lack of concrete instruments to do so. Started already in the 2007-2013 programming period, the series of projects which joined into the CESBA initiative and influence EU policies answer a hot topic at Alpine and EU level: the energy assessment of buildings. Extending the approach to whole territories, CESBA_Alps proposes tools which will help policy-makers decide on energy efficiency topic in their region/area. 

On the picture: Project partners holding a stand at the EU sustainable energy week 2018.