Decarbonisation pathways for local authorities, citizen and businesses


LOCALISED is a European-funded research project which is developing end-user products and services for local and regional administration and their citizens as well as policy and business decision-makers in ad co-design process, by providing downscaled national decarbonisation trajectories, consistent with Europe’s net-zero target, and helping to upscale the definition and implementation of mitigation and adaptation measures at local level, the establishment of Sustainable Energy and Climate actions plans (SECAPs) and the monitoring of related Sustainable Development Goals.
The LOCALISED project targets the NUTS-3 administrative level for all Europe, to help regions and their local administrations and businesses understand what options they have to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change, and how these can be implemented, taking into account energy justice.
With this it is contributing to achieving the goals of the European Green Deal on reducing its net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) in a fair way, leaving no one behind.

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For whom

LOCALISED activities and results are interesting for everyone doing, studying and improving climate change mitigation and adaptation measures at local and regional level in Europe: we offer information for local and regional public administrations and public technical bodies, but also to consultancies and sectoral associations, that are responsible for urban planning, energy planning, transport planning, especially those facing limited resources or lacking information; for local and regional businesses and business associations showing a growing interest in planning their carbon reduction; for academics, e.g. social, adaptation and behaviour scientists, participation research and gender studies as well as climate, mitigation, energy modellers as well as for citizens and the general public seeking new forms of participatory innovation.  

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Our research areas

LOCALISED will establish a reliable framework of the current status of the energy sector at NUTS-3 level to plan feasible future scenarios and to monitor the changes from real data. Providing information at lower scales needs to strike an adequate balance between: 1) the downscaling of existing information on mitigation, adaptation and impacts; and 2) the design of innovative information products and tools to targeted focus groups.

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LOCALISED publishes reports and databases, interviews and videos, presenting our project results. In addition we make available interesting information from external sources on:

  • Energy and emission downscaling
  • Monitoring local decarbonization plans
  • Regional businesses vulnerability to decarbonization
  • Synergies between mitigation and adaptation
  • Making sustainable decarbonization plans of cities operational management tools
  • Narratives of change for citizen

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LOCALISED invites you to participate in the co-design of two web applications: the Decarbonisation Profiler for local and regional administrations and their citizens and the Net-Zero Business Consultant for local and regional business and business associations. The tools will go the “last mile” bringing decarbonisation knowledge to end users. The launch of their final version is planned for the beginning of 2025.

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LOCALISED is a European-funded research project which started its activities in October 2021 and will run for 4 years.
We as a project intend to make an important contribution to local decarbonization information.

Therefore the objective of LOCALISED is to downscale national decarbonization trajectories consistent with Europe’s net-zero target to the local levels and provide the results to local authorities, citizens and businesses, in a way that would speed up the uptake of mitigation and adaptation actions. To this end, the project will create effective and clearly understandable tools that transform localised data on possible decarbonisation pathways by 2030 and 2050 into knowledge for action:

(1) the Decarbonisation Profiler for municipalities, regions and their citizens, providing information in all 24 EU languages

(2) the Net-Zero Business Consultant tool.

The tools shall allow local authorities and policy-makers as well as citizens and businesses: to identify viable combinations and best practices of (sectoral) mitigation and adaptation measures for every NUTS3 region in Europe on how to reach the goals of the downscaled pathways and to introduce an adapted-to-case service for implementation and monitoring of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs). This is closing a gap as the few currently available European platforms providing information on energy transition to net-zero in Europe have so far limited their scope and results to the national level (EUCalculator, INNOPATHS, CTI-2050), which is of little use at the level where the changes must be implemented.

The project will additionally engage with EU citizen groups to inform how climate change and different EU net-zero scenarios positively and negatively affect their life and what share of mitigation can be enhanced via key behavioural change.