LOCAL Policies for GREEN Energy – LOCAL4GREEN
Interreg MED Programme – 1st Call for Modular Projects
Priority Axis 2: Fostering low-carbon strategies and energy efficiency in specific MED territories: cities, islands and remote areas
Specific Objective 2.2: To increase the share of renewable local energy sources in energy mix strategies and plans in specific MED territories
LOCAL4GREEN has supported local authorities for defining and implementing innovative local fiscal policies, intended to promote renewable energy sources (RES) both in the public and private sector and households, mainly in the framework of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans adopted by the signatory local authorities to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.
The project has been developed in specific MED territories: rural areas and islands. In these kind of territories, where local authorities have economical and technical constraints, renewable energy sources promotion plans prioritize collaboration and active roles for public and private sectors. Green fiscal policies have a key role in increasing renewable energy sources, being proper tools to engage both public and private actors in their promotion.
The project was presented in the Module 2: Testing, and this type of projects has the objective to test instruments, policies, strategies, plans, through pilot activities, in the perspective of setting up solutions applicable to a wider set of users and territories. The pilot activities have necessarily included an evaluation and a final phase for the transferability of the results in the territories concerned by the project.
So, the project has supported the testing of innovative local green fiscal policies, and the monitoring of their results in spreading renewable energy sources. 78 pilot municipalities from the 9 countries partners have participated in the project Testing phase, reaching to design for them 154 green fiscal policies to promote the use of renewable energy sources in their territories.
As well, the project has facilitated the capitalization of the best practices and their application in other municipalities, at national and transnational levels, through the elaboration of the handbooks on green local fiscal policy models and the the provision of a permanent support service to the participating municipalities. In this way, the project has provided local authorities with fiscal policy models to be included in their own strategies and plans, especially in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.
- Valencian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, FVMP, from Spain (Lead Partner).
- MUSOL Foundation, MUSOL, from Spain.
- Malta Intelligent Energy Management, MIEMA, from Malta.
- North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency, REGEA, from Croatia.
- Development Agency of Eastern Thessaloniki’s Local Authorities, ANATOLIKI, from Greece.
- Lazio Region Association of Cities and Municipalities, ANCI Lazio, from Italy.
- Building and Civil Engineering Institute, ZRMK, from Slovenia.
- Cyprus Energy Agency, CEA, from Cyprus.
- University of Algarve, UAlg, from Portugal.
- Association of Albanian Municipalities, AAM, from Albania.
The project had an initial duration of 30 months, from 1st November 2016 till 30th April 2019. Later, an extension of 6 months was approved, so the project finished on 31st October 2019.
The project has had a total eligible budget of 2,013,423.15 €. The cofinancing rate has been 85%, so the contribution of Interreg MED Programme to the project has been 1,711,409.70 €. The cofinancing comes from the European Regional Development Fund, except in the case of Albania, that comes from funds of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.