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SMILEGOV

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SMILEGOV will set up clusters of European islands that will facilitate the exchange between different levels of governance and between different clusters in order to support the development of sustainable energy action plans and the implementation of concrete actions. This will be done in the largest part of the European insular regions: The Atlantic (Canaries, Scotland), the Baltic Sea (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia) and the Mediterranean (Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Greece).

The project addresses a barrier to the implementation of sustainable energy plans, the lack of resources and expertise, and will assist authorities to find ways for financing sustainable energy projects and to overcome the reluctance of financial institutions to invest in small and medium-scale projects.

Furthermore, based on the outputs and the results of the Isle-Pact project (DG ENER 2009-2012), the project aims at setting up a platform for policy measures harmonising the two levels of decision making process: the regional (group of islands under the same administrative authority) and the local (the island as a local authority).

The project will conclude with drafting a guide for sustainable energy project development including the identification of the appropriate sources of funds and financing mechanisms and the overcoming of institutional barriers for the successful implementation of the islands’ sustainable energy action plans and bankable projects. In other terms, the project will set the basis of long term cooperation between European islands towards a decarbonised economy in the near future.

 

Major outputs & expected results

  • Building of a network of 12 island clusters, identify the needs of European islands and implement programmes for capacity building where needed.
  • Development of Strategic Guidelines to enhance the implementation of sustainable energy action plans(SEAPs) for islands.
  • Development of a number of sustainable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport projects in participating islands and island clusters.
  • Identification and mobilisation of local, regional, national and European funds and examination of alternative financing possibilities (TPF, PPP, Structural Funds, Integrated Maritime Policy, etc) adapted to islands particularities.
  • Enhancement and encouragement of local participation in investment schemes: Local investment funds, energy cooperatives, ESCOs, RES-sharing model.
  • Creation of new Supporting Structures: Using the experience of the Covenant of Mayors, set up new regional support mechanisms for weak islands and enforce the liaisons between islands and intraregional structures in the near future.

 

Project duration: 01/04/2013 - 30/09/2015

 

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