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    Aims to help regional and local authorities plan sustainable energy activities in partnership.

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Why develop an MLG approach? The benefits

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

By working together (through an MLG approach), public authorities can combine their expertise to benefit the planning process: 

  • Regional authorities can liaise with national authorities, are able to provide technical and/or financial support, and can act as a coordinator of the planning process
  • Local authorities can liaise with local communities, and provide local knowledge which can determine the achievability of the plans that are developed

 This can achieve multiple benefits, helping both authorities to:“Working in partnership with our district and borough councils, as well as local housing providers, allowed us to present a more secure and stable offer to deliver housing retrofit in Kent. This attracted external investment of £1.7 million to deliver energy measures in homes across the county.” – Kirstie Pritchard, Kent County Council, UK

  • Ensure coherency between local and regional plans: a collaborative processcan help to integrate plans and policies at regional and local levels (for greater efficiency)
  • Develop clear and consistent visions: sharing knowledge and ideas between authorities can enable ambitious and realistic visions to be created. Proper attention is paid to local realities, alongside the strategic needs (helping to achieve targets)
  • Establish more favourable financing mechanisms: partnering up with other authorities can create more secure and stable conditions to attract investment
  • Communicate more effectively: defining objectives collaboratively ensures that messages are harmonised between stakeholders (avoiding confusion)
  • Establish consistent monitoring and reporting tools or reporting structures, to ensure plans are monitored more coherently between the local and regional levels
  • Share expertise, skills and knowledge: this can fill important skills gaps in the planning process and facilitate the spread of good practices and innovative actions;
  • Resources, skills and techniques can be pooled: through joint-working different skills, planning techniques and resources can be combined to make limited resources go further, taking advantage of economies of scale, for instance through joint procurement or to This leads to actions that are more visible, effective, coherent, and less costly.access a specific energy planning tool. This can save time and ease workloads as the regional and local authorities ‘share the load’
  • Agree clear roles and relationships: this can create better ownership for actions
  • Better manage resource conflict: collaborative working facilitates the link between spatial and sustainable energy planning processes. This can support the development of climate-friendly spatial planning procedures

 Image: An energy information day in Jokkmokk, Sweden, in 2015