A low-carbon economy across the 2 Seas region: interim results of SAFE-ICE

Hastings, UK – Within the SAFE-ICE cluster, 20 partners from France, England, Belgium and The Netherlands join forces to identify what is required to promote a shift to a resource efficient, low-carbon economy from a business perspective across the 2 Seas region. After almost 1 year of intensive collaboration, it’s time to look back on what has been done so far, and to look ahead at what’s about to come.

During the first months of the project, 4 expert working groups have explored, amongst other things, potential solutions for SMEs, local authorities, and business parks on how businesses can optimise their energy use within their own premises and processes; how business-to-business relations can improve the reduction of carbon emissions; how the implementation of energy efficient measures and concepts on a business park level can help to reduce the energy use of businesses; good practices in terms of research, innovation, and business support, as well as future challenges.

The results of these workings groups and good practice examples from the 4 partner countries are collated in a publication, which can be consulted online in English, French and Dutch.

The intensive work carried out by the SAFE-ICE partnership, the stronger cross-partner and cross-border relationships and enhanced collaboration, activities and synergies between all partners have demonstrated the continued and significant relevance of the partnership and the need and desire to further build upon this work.

In the next few months, the SAFE-ICE partnership will focus on the integration of energy measures in business park management plans and on the promotion of heat networks, resource efficiency and the benefits and opportunities for European SMEs in the low carbon resource efficiency sector.

There will now be a shift change in this new phase, with ground breaking collaborations moving the work of previous projects forward and delivering real impact to the 2 Seas region. With concrete outputs, such as developing business park management plans through workshops and producing policy recommendations, SAFE-ICE will have a lasting and sustainable impact on businesses and the low-carbon economy.

More information about the SAFE-ICE cluster can be found on the project website: www.safe-ice.eu.

About the 2 Seas Cluster initiative

In the first semester of 2012, the INTERREG IVA 2 Seas Programme reached its maturity with 86 approved projects . Most of the approved projects are well under way and the first results are being delivered. This is why the Programme decided to launch its capitalisation actions during the course of 2012. The 2 Seas thematic capitalisati on aims at “consolidating, valorising and disseminating the achievements ” of the projects/ networks in the current programming period as well as supporting “development activities” to prepare for the future.

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More information?

Amberley Barrington-Peek, SAFE-ICE coordinator Hastings Borough Council
Aquila House, Breeds Place Has tings, East Sussex, TN34 3UY (UK)
T: + 44 (0) 1424 451797
E: ABarrington-Peek@hastings.gov.uk

Laura Maes, SAFE-ICE communication officer Power-Link, Ghent University Wetenschapspark 1 8400 Oostende (Belgium)
T: +32 (0)59 24 27 41
E: lauraS.maes@ugent.be