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Review of environmental projects

Photo: Innovation Norway - Heidi Widerø
COWI has assessed projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants on their success in reducing emission of greenhouse gases.

EEA and Norway Grants was established in 2004 when ten new countries - the former EFTA-countries - joined the EU. Through the grant scheme, Norway, Iceland, and Lichtenstein provided funding for a number of projects which supported social and economic development in the new member states.

Energy and climate projects

COWI's environmental economists reviewed more than 150 projects which had received EEA grants.

The projects all related to climate, environment and renewable energy improvements in particularly Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
A further 18 projects in Romania and Bulgaria, which were
financed by Innovation Norway, were also reviewed.

Impact and effectiveness
The purpose of the review was to analyse the impact and effectiveness in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and the cost for the different project types, sectors and countries, also comparing the results to those of similar projects.

COWI created a database for comparison across these parameters, and carried out in-depth site visits to four projects which were selected as case studies.

LAST UPDATED: 20.07.2017