Baltic Sea Region Energy Cooperation

Cooperation in the energy sector is key to political stability, security of energy supply, economic growth and sustainable development in the region. In 1998, the intergovernmental Baltic Sea Energy Co-operation (BASREC) was initiated by the Baltic Sea countries and the European Commission. BASREC is part of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).  Energy and climate-related issues are one of the CBSS five long-term priorities.  BASREC's main objective is to promote sustainable growth, security and prosperity in the region and supports therefore the creation of competitive, efficient and well-functioning energy markets. BASREC is pursuing energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, along with measures to develop and use new, low-carbon and energy-efficient technologies and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in order to ensure sustained economic growth in the short and the long run.

BASREC has defined the following energy topics in order to meet global energy policy and climate policy challenges:

  • Security of energy supply
  • Development and integration of energy infrastructure in the region
  • Energy efficiency and savings
  • Increased use of renewable sources with specific focus on the forms of energy potentially dominant in the region
  • Increasing renewable sources in the heat market
  • Rehabilitation and development of district heating systems and CHP in order to facilitate the use of biomass
  • Development of Clean Coal Technology