Capacity building and lessons to be learned for the institutionalization of sustainable energy policies in the municipalities (GREEN TWINNING)

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The project aims at:

  • Strengthening the technical and financial capacity of the municipalities from the 27 EU member states in sustainable energy policy and implementation;
  • Supporting European municipalities towards joining the Covenant of Mayors initiative and fulfilling the obligations resulting from this commitment i.e. develop Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and implement actions mentioned therein;
  • Promoting permanent long-term partnerships and networking between experienced and learning municipalities in order to achieve commonly agreed results in joint project implementation process.

This is accomplished through training courses and twinning activities between “learning” municipalities (37 municipalities from new EU member states, including 7 municipalities from Poland) and experienced ones from Granada and Valencia in Spain as well as direct support from the national coordinator.

“Learning from each other – working together and avoiding repetition of past errors” is the project concept.

The main project objectives:

  • integration and institutionalization of sustainable energy policies in local authorities’ operations
  • strengthened technical and financial capacity of municipalities in the fields of sustainable energy policy and implementation
  • twinning agreements between municipalities in order to exchange knowledge in developing and implementing the SEAPs
  • development of environmentally and socially acceptable SEAPs to be submitted for approval by the Covenant of Mayors
  • delivery of SEAP actions and inclusion of leading examples in the Benchmarks of Excellence highlighted in the Covenant of Mayors
  • identification of financing mechanisms that will facilitate the implementation of these SEAPs
  • promotion of the Covenant of Mayors initiative to the municipalities.

Project activities:

  • assessment of the needs of the participating municipalities in the field of sustainable energy planning and implementation;
  • development of detailed capacity building strategy and action plan addressing the specific training gaps of each “learning” municipality;
  • organization of capacity building activities on SEAP development and implementation such as training courses (in Slovenia and Poland), helpdesk;
  • conclusion of twinning agreements and organization of twinning approaches (study visits, staff exchanges, mentoring etc.) between 10 “learning” municipalities and 10 “experienced” ones.

Project duration: April 2012-March 2014 (24 months)


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The project is carried out by a consortium of 10 partners (municipalities, associations/networks of local authorities, agencies and private companies) from 6 countries: Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Spain:

Coordinator:   1. Regional Union of Municipalities of Attica (PEDA)
Partners: 2. EXERGIA – Energy and Environment Consultants S.A. - EL
3. SEC – Sofia Energy Centre - BG
4. ARM – Association of Rhodope Municipalities - BG
5. Giurgiu – Municipality of Giurgiu – RO
6. PNEC – Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités” - PL
7. ZRMK – Building and Civil Engineering Institute – SI
8. AER – Energy Agency of La Ribera – SP
9. Vrhnika – Municipality of Vrhnika – SI
10. HEMPS – Harghita Energy Management Public Service - RO

Beneficiaries: local governments and communities

Polish municipalities involved: Kościerzyna, Jarocin, Lublin, Lubin, Pałecznica, Piaseczno, Śrem

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The project is co-financed from the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme. The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EACI nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.