Climate Neutrality Roadmap Guide

Creating a Climate Neutrality Roadmap (CNR) is a complex process that requires the involvement of various stakeholders and a thorough analysis of different sectors.

Climate Neutrality Roadmap Guide

The development of a roadmap requires a comprehensive understanding of the status of the municipality. The helpful tools in this process are:

  • an analysis of the impact of current policies and programmes on the municipality (e.g.
    upcoming obligations, funding opportunities), including key barriers and opportunities;
  • assessing the current status of the energy transition (e.g. based on a SEAP/SECAP or
  • a stakeholder analysis resulting in a stakeholder map focusing, for example, on local politicians and administration, citizens, industry/SME, NGOs/civil society organisations, where applicable, academia/research;
  • a SWOT analysis, tools and resources needed, and the definition of success factors.

REMARKABLE Climate Leaders created a Climate Neutrality Roadmap Guide to help local and regional authorities develop realistic and effective Roadmaps. The guide contains insights into where to access the needed information, exploiting the existing resources from international and EU initiatives, focusing mainly on the energy part of the Roadmap.

Energy Baseline Chapter

The first step in developing a CNR is to create an Energy Baseline chapter that explains the Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI). The BEI is a calculation of the greenhouse gas emissions from various sectors, such as transportation, agriculture, and industry. While local and regional authorities can determine the scope of their BEI, a calculation for the three main sectors is given as an example.

Sector Mapping Chapter

The second chapter explains the process of sector mapping, which should be done parallelly with the data collection for the BEI. It gives examples of what should be analyzed per sector. Sector mapping is essential for identifying the areas that need the most attention and investment.

Stakeholder Mapping Chapter

In the third chapter, the guide discusses Stakeholder Mapping, a process of deciding which stakeholders should be involved in the CNR development. The involvement of various stakeholders, including local communities, businesses, and civil society organizations, is crucial for creating a realistic and successful CNR.

SWOT Analysis Chapter

Chapter 5 explains the SWOT analysis, a helpful tool that allows one to determine the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats that could affect the CNR.

Vision Chapter

Combining all the knowledge gained during the first stages of CNR development, chapter 6 explains how to present the Vision for Climate Neutrality.

Measures Chapter

The final chapter gives guidance on determining what measures will be incorporated into the CNR and how to present the actions. It is essential to remember that these are only guidelines, and it is up to local and regional authorities to decide the scope of their Roadmap.

REMARKABLE Climate Leaders will build new leadership capacity across Europe through a Climate Leadership Programme designed with and for climate leaders. Through a people-centred approach, Regional Energy Agencies will support leaders of public authorities and communities in implementing transformational roadmaps and innovative solutions to achieve climate neutrality.

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