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Renewable Energy Sustainable Planning and Use within public Bodies in Liaison with Involved Community Actors (RES PUBLICA)

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Strong public administrations from four countries lead to the creation of seven local energy forums for the production of bottom-up sustainable energy programmes through a methodology inspired by the Local Agenda 21. The aims was to involve policy makers, public and private market actors, research organisations and the citizenship in the promotion of RES and RUE at local level and in the planning future tasks and actions in the field. The use of a common methodology has allowed benchmarking activities and the exchange of best practices among the partners. The project has also created a network at EU level by involving other public administrations in the project countries and organising working groups at national level.


  • Common methodology for the creation and facilitation of sustainable energy fora and for the elaboration of sustainable energy programmes
  • Creation of 7 fora and sustainable energy programmes in each participating country
  • A collection of local projects (project catalogue) to implement the local programmes
  • First national network enlargement activities and conclusion of long-term partnerships with key stakeholders

Lessons learned

  • An important lesson learnt by the partners is that stakeholders, if involved, are very interested in cooperating with the local administrations on issues of common interest, and energy is one of them. The effectiveness of a bottom-up approach has been proven.
  • Another important lesson learnt is that most public administrations face similar problems but do not always realize it. The creation of a national working group on energy in several Italian provinces had a great success and can be replicated in the other partner countries.
  • Early involvement of political leaders is recommended for ensuring the implementation of the sustainable energy programmes and the allocation of necessary funding.

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Città Metropolitana di Genova
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BRIZI Fausto
+39 010 5499472
+39 010 5499435


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In brief

01/01/2007 to 30/06/2009
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