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Management of Domains related to Energy in Local authorities (MODEL)

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MODEL aimed at helping 43 local authorities from 8 New Member States and Candidate Countries to become models for citizens and other municipalities. To achieve this goal, MODEL: - assisted these municipalities in planning, implementing and evaluating activities to improve local energy efficiency, focusing on their overall Process management - improved their practical capacities at both individual (municipalities) and collective (networks) levels - prepared the ground for Sustainable Energy Communities mainly through the following practical activities: - establishing a Common Framework Methodology for the development, implementation and evaluation of Municipal Energy Programmes - selecting Shining examples to offer and disseminate further specific information and lessons throughout EU local communities - implementing Municipal Energy Programmes and annual Action Plans - organising Municipal Intelligent Energy Days and international competitions for awarding the best “MODEL Energy Manager” and/or the best “MODEL Shining Example” - disseminating results at national, regional and European levels


  • A common framework methodology (CFM) has been set up in order to provide step by step guidelines and help the 43 pilot cities design, adopt, implement and monitor municipal energy programmes. Several other actions have been implemented to build up the pilot cities' own capacities in particular through exchange of experience (Shining Examples, common European workshops, national seminars, award competition) and methodological support (review of available financial schemes, communication tools).
  • In a few cases MODEL also helped improving the overall national legislation about municipal energy planning and management. Replication of the MODEL project in 4 ENPI countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia) with 4 national coordinators and 6 pilot cities to apply the MODEL methodology.
  • All 43 pilot cities have been made aware of and/or have reinforced their capacities in terms of internal energy management which means that they now know that setting up an energy management unit and organising its activities may lead to improve their local policies while optimizing their energy budget and their communication actions. Most of the pilot cities have worked with local stakeholders and organised one or more municipal intelligent energy days (MIEDs) to sensitize their citizens.
  • Both the political and technical levels have been sensitized on the importance of setting up a real local energy strategy with the official approval of long-term municipal energy programmes (MEPs) as well as annual action and investment plans (APs/IPs). As a result of the MODEL activities 16 of the pilot cities have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors initiative thus partly or fully using the MODEL CFM to elaborate the sustainable energy action plan (SEAP) required by the Covenant of Mayors.
  • Appointment / strengthening of Energy Managers / Units in local authorities and more efficient local organisation.

Lessons learned

  • All local authorities have the wish to work in the field of more sustainable energy policies in order to both save public money and sensitize their citizens as they are quite aware of the overall energy and climate challenges and of the necessity to implement concrete actions such as those offered by MODEL (internal organisation, seminars and trainings, municipal energy programmes and action plans, energy days, etc.).
  • However the concrete and constant political support giving stability and succession of work and which is essential to start such a local energy management process generally proved to be both rather difficult to obtain and time consuming mainly because it was new and requested many adaptations in the local organisation (appointing or hiring energy managers, collecting all the necessary data, involving all departments in transversal actions).
  • It is therefore essential to convince the mayors and/or some influent elected representatives to invest in such a strategy i.e. to demonstrate the benefits (e.g. specific or customized tools) their cities would gain and in most cases this requires a very important common work and strong commitment (e.g. realisation of the municipal energy databases, regular consulting actions, etc.) of the national partners in particular when the pilot cities could not directly benefit from the EU grant.

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Contact point: 
Jean-Pierre Vallar
0033 (0)3 81 65 36 80 (or +33 (0)3 81 6
Peter Schilken
+33 3 81 65 36 80
Christophe Frering
33 (0)1 40 35 07 61 or 33 (0)3 81 65 37
Peter Schilken
0033 0 3 81 65 36 80
Mr Jan Pierre Vallar
+33 (0)3 81 65 36 85


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01/09/2007 to 28/02/2010
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