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MLG in Practice

Fri, 27/11/2015 - 00:00 -- Coopenergy

Once you have developed your MLG approach to energy planning, the final step is to implement it!  Through the Coopenergy project, partners in each region delivered actions – jointly between regional authorities, local authorities, and energy agencies – to reach the strategic objectives of their regional and local SEAPs.

The real success factors and core of this strong collaborative process was determined by setting up specific Local Working Groups (LWG). This MLG model brought together regional and local authorities, technical and financial experts and potential stakeholders in each region, to reach shared targets through fruitful and effective partnerships.

In order to set up a good multi-level partnership, to deliver actions: Set the common goal of the LWG, make the benefits clear as well as the commitments of the authorities involved; Develop an action plan of the process, including responsibilities and time scheduling; Maintain regular communication and update your partners, to keep them engaged; Promote synergies and know- how exchanges with other related initiatives in which the LWG  participants are involved; Ensure a continuous monitoring and evaluation of the MLG process in order to be able to face unexpected barriers and find solutions.

Read a brief summary of some of the joint actions the Coopenergy partners delivered, by putting MLG into practice:

Logo of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan RegionA specific Local Working Group (LWG) has been established in order to exploit bioenergy potential in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. The LWG’s main aim is to highlight different options and methods for using organic waste. Overcoming prejudices, by explaining energy production methods, forms the foundation for future success. The participation of citizens in energy projects plays a central role in this project.

Key results of collaboration: Creation of a network of local and regional authorities that will continue after the end of the project; Awareness for the potential of bioenergy can reduce prejudices; 4 local heating projects planned over the next 2 years. Lessons Learned and success factors: Participation of citizens in the energy turnaround helps to overcome prejudices.

Logo of Energikontor NorrThe county of Norrbotten, Northern Sweden, is sparsely populated, distances are long and most of the communities are small. Therefore, having meeting places for networking and experience exchange is key. It is also a way to facilitate trust-building between stakeholders and to ensure better coherence between regional and local authorities’ energy planning.

Key results of collaboration: A LWG established (3 meetings held); Three regional climate forums were held. Lessons Learned and success factors: Collaboration between regional and local authorities can be time and cost intensive in sparsely populated areas; Small municipalities are vulnerable to changing framework conditions and need to adapt to them; Resources may not be sufficient to reach targets immediately, therefore patience, stamina and flexibility within the MLG-model are required.

Logo of Ire SpaMeasures aimed to refurbish the public lighting system are a priority in almost all municipalities of Liguria and this represents a key action in all local SEAPs. In order to support the municipalities in this work, IRE SpA collected good practices in the region and shared them through meetings organised by a Regional Steering Committee (RSC), under the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) initiative. IRE SpA also shared a draft model of a joint procurement tender for public lighting renovation, to support municipalities to carry out future lighting refurbishments.

Key results of collaboration: 45 regional and local authorities directly involved through the establishment of a Regional Steering Committee; A draft model for a joint procurement tender. Lessons Learned and success factors: Establish a permanent Regional Steering Committee involving all authorities related to the CoM; Small municipalities (most of the Liguria Region) are actively represented in the MLG process, through elected representatives.  

Logo of EAZKThe Energy Agency of the Zlín Region (EAZK) has been carrying out a procurement process for organisations purchasing bulk energy since 2007. Since 2013 EAZK extended this opportunity to the municipalities of the region. From 2013 to 2015, 25 municipalities have joined the procurement process, achieving savings of approximately 290.000 EUR on their energy bills, both for electricity and natural gas. Until mid-2015 nine meetings on the joint procurement process took place in the region, with 22 municipalities and stakeholders present.

Key results of collaboration: 25 municipalities involved; 290.000 EUR average saving on energy bills. Lessons Learned and success factors: Some results need to be clearly visible in a short period of time; General promotion needs to be combined with specific advice to each municipality.

KCC logoThe Kent and Medway Sustainable Energy Partnership (KMSEP) developed the Kent and Medway Warm Homes scheme to offer subsidised heating and insulation measures to eligible residents, focusing on helping vulnerable people and those who struggle to pay their fuel bills. The KMSEP was established between 13 local authorities, one unitary authority and key partners across the housing, business and health sectors.

Key results of collaboration: 1450 measures installed in more than 1400 homes; Lifetime savings: £5.5mil to residents; 25,000 t/CO2; A strong local partnership created, leading to successful joint funding bids - £1.7mil of funding drawn in to Kent to works. Lessons Learned and success factors: Agree priorities and actions early on to ensure all partners are on board; Clear messages (agreed by all) helps to manage expectations and ensure success; Use existing communication channels and ‘trusted professionals’ to engage residents; Allow sufficient time for consultation, to gain maximum partner involvement; Share issues with partners, and successes – this creates a joint sense of ownership.

Logo of EVEThis action deals with a joint plan for public lighting renovation in municipalities (with under 200 inhabitants) in the Basque Country. The project counts on the collaboration between the National Energy Agency IDAE (with a subsidy for energy audits), the Energy Agency of the Basque Country EVE (performing the energy audits, acting as a central purchasing entity and managing all the necessary administrative works) and local authorities (installing the equipment and meeting safety and energy efficiency regulations for the lighting installations.

Key results of collaboration: Improved urban lighting in 8 municipalities in the Basque Country; Reduced municipality energy costs; Creating an awareness of energy saving among the municipalities; Combined with the creation of the workgroup, this has led to exploration of new actions in the area of energy efficiency and application of renewables in the municipal area. Lessons Learned and success factors: Establish a methodology on relations and interactivity with the different market agents; Although there had been “collaborations” and although these actions had been beneficial, they had not been systematised and adopted by the regional authorities. With the MLG, the contributions of all the market agents were put to use; this led to quicker decision-making with greater consensus.

Logo of RAEEThe goal is to review existing spatial planning tools at sub-regional level within the territory of Valence Romans Sud Rhône-Alpes (VRSRA); identify the barriers that will hamper the implementation of local SEAPs; and propose climate friendly recommendations through changes to spatial planning documents. After the setting up of a specific LWG, partners worked together during several technical meetings; they reviewed the SCOT and PCET (spatial planning and local SEAP documents respectively), identifying gaps and possible solutions in a participative manner. As a result, two information days about climate friendly spatial planning procedures were organised and a guide targeted at local public authorities and planning agencies.  

Key results of collaboration: Integration of recommendations to meet the needs of urban planning documents in the future SEAP; 5 public authorities and 3 spatial and energy planning agencies working together; Development of analysis tools for easier integration of sustainable energy criteria. Lessons Learned and success factors: Time is needed to successfully involve local actors from 2 different planning fields (spatial and energy planning); Support from local and regional decision makers is needed to facilitate this integrated planning effort; Regulatory requirements about compliance between spatial and energy planning are not always known by local actors.

Logo of RCRAThe objective of this joint action is to support a “Positive Energy Territory” (TEPOS Biovallée) to develop a financial instrument, which could be replicated at regional level, to foster the implementation of renovation projects for private housing. To this aim, the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes (RCRA) launched a study - using the learning from a renovation program, DOREMI, implemented on the territory of Biovallée - in order to define a program of refundable advances for renovation of private housing that could be replicated at the regional level. The implementation of this solution is to be performed in a second step.

Key results of collaboration: Solutions to implement a mechanism of refundable advances of funds to finance renovation of individual houses. Lessons Learned and success factors: To guarantee the continuation of the action, despite changes in human resources and to encourage the participation of different stakeholders, including private stakeholders; To capitalise on previous experiences such as DORéMI and  TEPOS; To ensure the relevance of the selected subcontractor to lead the study.