Project is funded by Horizon 2020 (H2020-EU.3.3.7.) and will be carried out during 2016-2019. 
The aim of PANEL 2050 project is to create durable and replicable sustainable energy networks at local (municipality/community) level, where relevant local stakeholders collaborate for the creation of a local energy visions, strategies and action plans for the transition towards low carbon communities in 2050. 

The PANEL 2050 project will focus on the creation of these sustainable local energy networks in CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) countries, where this type of networks at local level is almost completely absent and therefore additional support is needed for the creation of the first successful local energy networks that have the potential to set an example and a new standard for local energy road mapping in other local communities in the CEE region. Furthermore, the PANEL 2050 project will not choose a specific focus on a certain type of stakeholder, but will try to work at the local level and assemble all relevant and available stakeholders related to sustainable energy. The number and type of stakeholders will vary very much in different local settings and the ambition of this project is to create sustainable energy networks at local level that will connect and involve all relevant stakeholders that are present at local level into the local policy development and implementation. At present, the involvement of local shareholders in local policy development in any field in CEE countries is very limited and the aim of this project is to create durable sustainable energy networks in a number of local communities in different CEE countries that will also be a replicable example that can be spread to other communities in CEE countries. Introducing stakeholder concept to energy planning will help generate sustainable energy policies and create more sustainable future for Europe.


To identify and support local energy leaders who take the lead in the development and implementation of local action plans, promote the concept to other local (municipalities) and overseeing the long term sustainability of the local stakeholder networks.
To create local stakeholder networks that will develop a shared and broadly supported vision for low carbon communities in 2050.
To develop new broadly share local sustainable energy strategies.
To improve capacity of local stakeholder network and frontrunners.
To strengthen and replicate the concept of local stakeholder networks by targeted communication towards other local communities, regional, national and EU public authorities.


PANEL2050 is realized by 13 Partners from Central and Eastern Europe. Originator and coordinator of project is Tartu Regional Energy Agency – Estonia. Consortium activities will mainly rely on the cooperation of the expert assumes changing the traditional, inefficient approach on energy management at the local level.