Welcome to AREA 21

AREA 21 is a three-year transnational cooperation project that is jointly carried out by 10 partner organisations from the Baltic Sea Region.

AREA 21 - Supporting low-emission urban quarters in Europe

The project seeks to model energy efficient urban areas of the future, adopting collaborative stakeholder engagement processes in the strategic planning and implementation of energy solutions.

AREA 21 – Baltic Smart City Areas for the 21st Century

AREA 21 brings together public authorities, energy providers, property owners and citizens to find and apply the best solutions for saving energy to decrease CO2 emissions.



AREA 21 – Promoting Cooperative Processes for Integrated Energy Planning at a District Level

AREA 21 is a three-year transnational cooperation project that is jointly carried out by 10 partner organisations from the Baltic Sea Region. The project seeks to model energy efficient urban areas of the future, adopting collaborative stakeholder engagement processes in the strategic planning and implementation of energy solutions.

Specifically, AREA 21 brings together public authorities, energy providers, property owners and citizens to find and apply the best solutions for saving energy to decrease CO2 emissions. To achieve this, the project enables local authorities from cities around the Baltic Sea Region to run cooperative planning processes within Energy Improvement Districts. The process seeks to help authorities to work together across different sectors, to understand citizens’ motives and barriers, and to activate relevant players in urban neighbourhoods.

AREA 21 is part-financed by the  European Union (European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood Instrument) as part of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020, Priority 2 “Natural resources”, Specific objective 2.3 “Energy efficiency”.

Key Facts

Project Duration

October 2017 – September 2020

Project Budget

Total budget
2.55 Million EUR

Programme co-financing (European Regional Development Fund)
1.89 Million EUR

Russian funding
0.10 Million EUR