South East Europe Network for Energy and Transport (SEENET) is a network of environmental NGOs for sustainable energy and transport in South East Europe.
We share a vision of a prosperous South East Europe in which fossil and nuclear fuels have been phased out before mid-century, and replaced by mostly locally owned and managed renewable energy sources. Due to its rich natural and human resources, by that time the region is a showcase for the transition of the energy and transport sectors to environmentally and socially sustainable ones.
The mission of the network is to provide a platform for co-operation on the regional level and to ensure the active participation of environmental NGOs in regional and international processes relevant to the energy and transport sectors.
Primarily through advocacy activities, our members will work on speeding up a transformation towards environmentally and socially sustainable energy and transport sectors in our communities and countries, as well as in the region.
The winter 2008/09 collapse in natural gas supplies and the new EU climate and energy legislation package, with its goal of achieving a 20 percent increase in energy efficiency and use of at least 20 percent renewable energy by 2020, have brought new urgency to the need for action in the energy and transport sectors in South East Europe (SEE). There is a great need for determined and comprehensive policies and implementation measures for energy efficiency and the substitution of fossil fuels with local renewable energy resources in the region.
Unfortunately national governments are still focused on construction of new generation capacities in traditional technologies - mainly coal and large hydropower, both of which have serious negative impacts on the environment. Local governments generally lack capacity to develop their own energy plans or policies, and most civil sector stakeholders (unions, farmers associations, youth groups, etc.) see energy as an issue outside of their field of interest. Environmental NGOs in the region have until now been the most active in promoting energy efficiency and greater use of renewables, but, due to lack of capacity, often in a sporadic, uncoordinated and reactive manner.
SEE.NET, although founded by primarily environmental NGOs, seeks to build alliances with other civil society stakeholders in order to achieve stronger results. There is a great need for more active and strategic involvement of environmental and other NGOs in the promotion and development of policies for greater energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, both in the energy and transport sectors, on the regional, national and local level in SEE countries.