Accelerating Change - Delivering Sustainable Energy Solutions

Good practices from Intelligent Energy Europe and European Territorial Co-operation projects. Proceedings of the joint seminar

Intelligent Energy Europe and INTERACT publication: "Accelerating Change - Delivering Sustainable Energy Solutions" is the result of a growing co-operation between two European Funding Instruments active in the field of energy issues. Faced with the global challenges of climate change and an increasing pressure on limited fossil energy resources, we must detect our strengths and share best practices. Where Urban Empathy and CAT-MED Platform presented the experiences develop at Mediterranean context.

The Union has set itself a goal of achieving, by 2020, a 20% cut in primary energy use compared to projections; a 20% reduction in greenhouse gases emissions compared to 1990; and a 20% share of renewable energy in the total final energy consumption of the EU. Meeting these ambitious goals requires many initiatives and concrete efforts from all governance levels. It requires an initiative that spans across borders in order to engage actors in understanding the cross-cutting challenges and assets pertinent to their regions. Here, European programmes and their projects can demonstrate how we can achieve a low carbon, energy efficient and competitive economy.

On 15-16 May 2013, beneficiaries and managers from the Intelligent Energy Europe programme (IEE) of DG Energy and the European Territorial Co-operation programmes (ETC) of DG Regional and Urban Policy met to talk about ‘Accelerating change at local and regional level for effective delivery of sustainable energy solutions’. 67 experts from 13 programmes participated, empowered each other and promoted the results of their work.

Both IEE and ETC programmes contribute to the delivery of European energy and climate objectives. In the 2007- 2013 period, these programmes have invested nearly EUR 1.3 billion of European funds in more than 900 projects in the field of energy. We want to use the project results of both funding instruments in order to share expertise and best practice with a wider audience, so that we see more sustainable energy solutions implemented throughout Europe.

This publication summarises the findings of the two-day event, addressing the following key questions:
How have European Funds been used to facilitate knowledge transfer between local authorities?
What are critical success factors in securing integrated energy/climate actions in urban and spatial planning and how can we build the capacity of planners to that extent?
What role do regional authorities play in empowering local actions?
What good practice examples exist for sustainable energy planning at regional levels across Europe?
What financing mechanisms are suitable for the delivery of sustainable energy actions at local and regional levels?

These questions sparked the debate amongst energy practitioners – their professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment led to fruitful and thought-provoking discussions.

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