ClimateSync is a national collaboration on energy and climate, funded by the European Commission, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and the Swedish Energy Agency.
To improve energy efficiency, information and knowledge are crucial issues together with the development of new technologies and products. Swedish energy and climate policy objectives aim to reconciling competitiveness, security of supply and ecological sustainability. Both Sweden and EU see energy efficiency as a way to limit climate change, but also as a tool to meet future economic recessions as well as manage the dependence on imported energy. Adjustment to a low carbon economy is also expected to contribute to technological development, new business opportunities and consequently new jobs.
During the 2014-2020 program period, the European Commission assigned Sweden about SEK 16 billion (including national co-financing) for the managing of the regional funds, of which SEK 2.8 billion will go to the thematic objective 4 ”Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors”. These funds have been divided into eight regional and one national fund programs. The purpose is to push the business sector, particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve energy efficiency in their operations and contribute to innovative solutions in the field.
ClimateSync is an EU-funded project targeting all projects granted within the Thematic objective 4. The purpose of ClimateSync is to achieve synergies, to avoid overlaps, enhance learning, cooperation and coordination between regions and between the regional and national level on energy and climate related work. The project is running until 2020-12-31 and is funded by the EU, from the National regional fund program, and co-financed by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and the Swedish Energy Agency. ClimateSync is led by a steering committee with managers from the two agencies.
The implementation of ClimateSync’s work is carried out in four stages. The first part is about identifying the approved projects, categorize them and to divide them into project portfolios. This results in physical and digital meetings between projects managers from different portfolios. ClimateSync will also develop a communication platform where the project results will be highlighted and shared on social media channels.
ClimateSync will divide the projects into the following project portfolios:
This is a financial aid, given directly to the company. For example, support to carry out an energy audit or an environmental study before deciding on whether to go through with a major investment. Aid is also given to companies that invest in energy, climate and environmental related issues.
Projects aimed at reducing the use of fossil fuels in the transport sector and increase sustainable travel. For example, projects related to logistics and urban development, but also investments in the infrastructure for charging electric cars.
Projects focusing on energy efficiency in construction, renovation and planning. The project aim can also relate to the promotion of environmental technologies and initiatives that strengthen the corporate and public sector clients of services and products. Other projects aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and/or energy consumption.
Projects aimed at supporting companies to reduce their energy use. This may include advice and guidance to SMEs, creating collaborative networks between companies or establishment of new services and products for energy efficiency.
Projects designed to develop, extend and promote use of renewable energy and to increase the investments in the field. Some projects focus on increasing the use of solar power, while others build energy clusters that increase collaboration, enhance use of new tools and strengthen results.
Projects that aim to support research in the field of low carbon technologies, cluster collaborations, partnerships between industry, research and the public sector. Other efforts may be to promote the establishment of new enterprises in the low-carbon sector.