Location
Spain

Main issues must be clearly stated

The overall objective of the Regio1st project is to address how to implement energy efficiency policies and measures in regional and local planning.

To this end, the project brings together six pilot regions (Asturias in Spain, South East Ireland, Liguria in Italy, County Međimurje in Croatia, Ormož and Slovenska Bistrica in Slovenia and Western Macedonia in Greece), which led a series of regional workshops to evaluate it with the different local stakeholders involved in climate and energy planning . These activities ended with the elaboration of a report.

Thanks to these first regional activities and interviews with regional stakeholders external to the project (from Ile-de-France (France), Lower Austria (Austria), the Észak-Alföld region (Hungary) and Mazovia (Poland)), a mapping was possible. The European Federation of Energy and Environment Agencies and Regions(Fedarene) has published a report on the different cycles and procedures of regional development planning.

Location:

  • Asturias, Spain
  • Southeast Ireland
  • Liguria, Italy
  • Međimurje, Croatia
  • Ormož, Slovenia
  • Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenia
  • Western Macedonia, Greece

Main facts/points outlined in body of text

  • The report includes a review of the planning context in the six regions; a review of the decision-making procedures in each partner region; an analysis of the planning procedures followed in each region; a review of how multilevel governance is considered in the planning processes; and finally, it also includes a review of the monitoring structures.
  • The report emphasized the consideration of the energy efficiency first(EE1st) principle in energy planning.
  • The report has identified a number of areas within the energy planning process that could be improved in most of the countries and regions considered, and challenges that prevent the inclusion of the EE1st principle. In addition, it lists a number of best practices at regional level that can inspire other regions in Europe.
  • According to the report, a comprehensive and collaborative approach involving policy makers, industry stakeholders and communities and a sustained effort and commitment from all parties is key to a better energy planning process that includes the EE1st principle.

Access the report here: fedarene.org