The Environmental Centre for Administration and Technology (ECAT-Lithuania) was established in 1997. ECAT is the leading organization in Lithuania specializing in sustainable development policies at local and regional level, linking this work to enforcement of EU requirements and the implementation of sustainable development principles and established good practice.
ECATs mission is to support, promote and strengthen the sustainable environmental activities in municipalities and local communities by providing a wide range of services. These include: consultations, organising events and international conferences, national and local seminars, mixed stakeholder meetings, training, campaigns, project development and management services.
ECAT services are provided for a number of environmental thematic issues such as: waste and water management, sustainable energy and climate protection, local good governance and policy making, public environmental education, awareness raising, environmental audits and corporate social responsibility.
ECAT has a long experience in assisting and working with municipalities, educational institutions and private companies across Lithuania, the Baltic Sea Region and wider EU member states. During 20 years of its operation, ECAT has implemented, and been a regular partner in a large number of EU, national and local projects from the generation of ideas, design and planning to reporting and evaluation. Recently these EU projects have included themes such as: sustainable mobility (PROSPERITY and Traffic Snake Game), adaptation to climate change and energy efficiency (IWAMA-water management; BEAM21; number of national programmes funded through the Norwegian Grants scheme and working with municipalities throughout the Baltic States), sustainable lifestyles and corporate responsibility (SUPPLY CHAINGE). All our projects include an element of education, capacity building, and awareness raising
The Environmental Centre for Administration and Technology (ECAT-Lithuania) was founded in 1997 by the European Commission in co-operation with the Lithuanian Ministry of Environment as a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. It was one of a small network of similar Centres established by the EC in newly independent central and Eastern Europe and Russia as a way of promoting and campaigning for stronger sustainable environmental development principles.