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Sustainable Energy Investment Projects for Local Economic Development (SEIPLED)

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Six regional case studies are developed, where significant energy efficiency and renewable energy achievements are obtained in the frame of Structural Funds planning, or other regional funding instruments, dedicated to local economic development. These examples are presented to the regional bodies involved in local development, to the European energy agencies (as potential promoters of similar approaches at local level), and to about 80 selected contacts, who will monitor and react to the achieved results during the whole project duration and possibly replicate the approach in their region. The six regions and corresponding case study are: Austria, Styria: local 100% RES strategy; Germany, Berlin and Saxony: energy certificate for SMEs; Greece, Central Macedonia: geothermal applications in tourism and agriculture; Italy, Emilia-Romagna: sustainable energy in ecological productive areas; Lithuania, the whole State: biogas exploitation in agriculture; United Kingdom, Cornwall: sustainable buildings in new industrial settlings.

Results

  • 6 fully developed case studies.
  • 6 strategic environmental assessments of the corresponding regional plans.
  • 6 regional Advisory Committees involved in the development of new approaches where sustainable energy and local economic development are jointly considered.
  • 80 contacts with external partners, 21 of which involved in direct meetings.
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Lessons learned

  • To follow a bottom-up approach: the Advisory Groups demonstrated to be an effective tool to overcome the separation between the energy experts and the economic developers. A top-down approach was also necessary, as the regional managing authorities were regularly contacted, all the relevant regional policy and legislation was taken into account (WP3), to avoid unforeseen hindrances in the implementation.
  • The development of suitable indicators for each regional programme, defining not only the energy and environmental, but also the socio-economic targets, therefore allowing a clearer integration of energy programmes in the local development planning.
  • The available funding channels have been all explored and identified, to avoid any double funding or possible duplication of efforts.
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Contact

ECUBA SRL
Italy
Contact point: 
Name: 
Marcello Antinucci
Tel: 
0039 051228048
Name: 
Dr Marcello Antinucci
Tel: 
+39051228048
Name: 
ANTINUCCI Marcello
Tel: 
+39 051 228048

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In brief

Duration:
01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007
Contract number: 
EIHOR/EIE/05/134/2005

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