The province of Flevoland is one of the 12 regional governmental bodies in the Netherlands and can thus directly influence regional policies. The organisation has about 450 employees.
Sustainability is one of the key issues of its regional policy. In the field of sustainable energy and energy efficiency, Flevoland has a large know-how and a qualified staff. Also they bring to the project expertise on economic and financial issues. The province of Flevoland is the lead partner of Regions4GreenGrowth and is therefore responsible for the general management of the project. But the province also takes part in all the content related activities of the project.
The County Council of Norrbotten is the regional body from Sweden led by democratically elected politicians, having specific responsibility for the County. The County Council Assembly is the supreme decision-making body and the only directly elected political assembly at the county and regional level.
The starting point for the climate and energy strategy for Norrbotten, is the fact that the threat of climate change and energy conversion creates opportunities for growth. The purpose of the climate and energy strategy for the county is, as part of efforts to achieve sustainable development, to promote energy efficiency and an increased share of renewable energy in Norrbotten. Climate and energy policy objectives for the county are in accordance with national and european objectives.
Maramures County Council is the regional public authority responsible for the co-ordination of the local councils of communes and towns. One of its main responsibilities is to adopt and monitor the implementation of strategies, and programmes for the sustainable development of the county.
Maramures County Council has signed the Declaration of European Regions for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources committing to promote energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources. To fulfill its commitment the County Council established in 2009 the Energy Management Agency of Maramures (AMEMM), that has significant skills and experience in the development and implementation of energy projects and will therefore assist the County Council in the implementation of REGIONS4GREENGROWTH.
Region Abruzzo is a political and administrative authority. Its role is planning of activities at legislative and administrative level dealing with issues including health, culture, social affairs, education, energy, environment and public works.
Region Abruzzo aims to strengthen its eco-sustainable and balanced development, by putting together a homogeneous policy, looking at the recent evolution of the region and to the increasing pressure produced by the economic development and human activities. At regional level have been laid down the foundations for an energy policy based on the development of clean renewable sources: wind, photovoltaic, solar, biomass, hydrogen.
IVACE, the Valencian Energy Regional Agency, is a public body belonging to the Regional Government of Valencia (Spain).
IVACE is responsible for implementing the regional energy policy, and for activities in the energy field in the area of the Comunidad Valenciana, in line with the Regional Government’s guidelines and in the EU energy policies.
IVACE has as objectives: energy diversification, energy efficiency and savings, energy self-sufficiency in our region, promotion of renewable energies, use of new energy technologies and respect for the environment.
IVACEs activities include energy advice, monitoring and control of facilities, energy consumption and energy supply, training activities, campaigns of information and collaboration with the European Union. IVACE carries out these activities in all the energy fields and industry sectors: cogeneration, biomass, solar energy, biofuels, renewables in buildings, municipalities energy management, hotels sector, textile industry, etc.
The Lazio Region is in charge of the regional policy for sustainable energy, including the program of sustainable energy investments in its territory. The region directly co-finances the installation of photovoltaic and solar systems in private housing and public buildings and gives authorization to private investors to produce energy from sustainable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal.
The Lazio Region normally plays an active role as financial actor in the development of sustainable energy use, by funding R&D in related innovative sectors like solar organic, sustainable mobility, hydrogen cars and by attracting foreign investors.
Lazio Region will contribute to R4GG its experience in financial policy and managing private-public partnerships aimed at financing applied research and investments in sustainable energy and coordinating the involvement of different stakeholders: private investors, universities and research centres, local bodies, national authorities, citizens.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Agency “AE3R Ploie?ti – Prahova” is the energy authority in the Prahova County. Chaired by the president of Prahova County Council the Agency gathers in its Management Board all the relevant stakeholders from the county: local/county authorities, the local university, home owners association, the electricity distribution, thermal energy distribution, waste collection, public transport, environment protection and investors in energy field.
The Agency is developing the sustainable energy plan of the region and will be responsible for its correct implementation and is responsible for promoting sustainable energy at citizen and local authority level.
AE3R Ploiesti – Prahova Agency together with Raiffeisen Bank advertised and launched a credit line targeted at the private sector interested to either reduce its energy consumption or to produce energy from renewable sources.
Västernorrland County Council represents Västernorrland county at Nuts 3 level and Mid Sweden at Nuts 2 level in this Interreg project. Västernorrland County Council is jointly responsible for regional policies with the County Administrative Board (state level) and the Local Authorities (the county's seven municipalities).
Västernorrland has applied the demand-side management approach, aimed at reducing consumer energy demand by means of (financial) incentives and education. The County Council also actively promotes sustainable energy by means of its climate investment programme, which for instance supported the use of snow to cool a hospital', reduced the need for electricity by as much as 90 per cent (Factor 10).
The county will contribute its experience and expertise to the peer reviews and other exchange activities.
Patras Science Park S.A. was established in 1988 as a company of the wider public sector belonging 100% to Greek Ministry of Economy. It is closely affiliated to the University of Patras as well as the Region of Western Greece and the main local authorities the chamber of commerce and regional business. PSP represent the region of Western Greece in this project and has the full support of the regional government to develop and consolidate actions and projects for the benefit of the region, ensuring that the lessons and good practices exchanged in this project will be embedded in the regional policies.
Patras Science Park (PSP) through its composing members in the academic, public and business community has a valuable expertise in energy issues, as well as the legal and market conditions applied in the sector.
Euro Perspectives Foundation is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization in general interest registered in 2008 under the Bulgarian Law on Juridical Persons practicing Non-profit Activities.
The Euro Perspectives Foundation was founded in 2008 in Sofia, Bulgaria as a new institutional structure able to address public interest in an enlarged Europe and to bring endogenous capacities to cross fertilize through Territorial Co-operation with Regional stakeholders in EU and outside for added value Regional polices and EU Integration.
EPF is intending to play the role of a neutral development pole throughout Bulgaria and the Balkans and participate actively in European Integration processes mobilizing the civil society and building the capacity of the institutions at all levels in order to achieve an effective bottom-up approach linked to EU/International/Global networks of excellence.
The Province of Noord-Brabant is a regional authority, with direct responsibility for regional policies in (i.a.) the field of energy, economic development and spatial planning.
On the 1st of October 2010 Noord-Brabant has formalized its energy policy statement for the period 2010-2020. Future energy supply will be increasingly generated out of solar, wind and biomass on a local and regional level. The province of Noord-Brabant will support the development of the energy supply and is committed to solving obstructions and bottlenecks to make the development of sustainability and reduction possible.
The province is working with universities, businesses and energy agencies in the region focussing on innovation in sustainable energy and in realising regional sustainable energy production.
The Assembly of European Regions (AER) is a network of approx. 270 regions from 34 European countries. One of AER’s core missions is to foster interregional cooperation, and the exchange of knowledge, expertise and good-practice between regions in policy areas that are directly relevant to them.
Climate change and energy are key areas of activity for AER, aiming to draw regions’ attention on the challenges linked to climate change, to provide them with tools and best practices to face these challenges and promote the development of renewable energies and to support regions in the definition of energy efficiency measures.
AER works closely with the European Federation of Energy and Environment Agencies (FEDARENE). And AER is also a founding member of the R20, a global initiative launched in November 2010 that brings together regional governments from across the world to share knowledge and take actions to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transport.
Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency is a regional public authority in Hungary. It is a dominant actor in the field of regional developments: while managing and dealing with EU Funds and decentralized regional and innovation resources the EARDA takes the role of an intermediate body.
The Energy Strategy of Észak-Alföld region was prepared in October 2010. The Strategy demonstrates the commitment of the Észak-Alföld RDA towards the implementation of the following strategic objectives (to be reached by 2020): decreasing the energy needs of the administrative organisations by 10%; increasing the use of renewable energy sources in the micro-regions by 13%.
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council is one of ten Local Authorities in Greater Manchester Region (1.1 million residents) in the North West of England. The ten Councils work together as the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and with the private sector in a Local Enterprise Partnership.
Oldham MBC is the lead Council for the Greater Manchester Environment Commission that started work in 2009 to tackle climate change, energy, water, green infrastructure, transport, waste and other issues.
Everyone is on board: the 10 local authorities, energy companies, business community and the public, all working in partnership towards our goal to make Greater Manchester the world’s leading low carbon conurbation by 2020.
Greater Manchester (GM) has produced a zero carbon energy planning study that identified energy regional generation opportunities. An investment portfolio has been assembled, identifying potential low carbon investment projects in energy (heat) and building retrofit (energy efficiency).
Energy Technology Institute(ITE) is a centre with a long tradition of work in energy, based in Valencia. Its activities address mainly in the introduction of renewable energy sources into the electricity grid, their technologies and difficulties, and the energy efficiency and energy savings aspects of energy management. The collaboration with other European regions in identifying the best ways to promote the investment in renewable energy and implementation of energy efficiency measurements is key in order to achieve this mission
ITE has been working together with the Valencian Energy Agency (IVACE, partner 5) for a long time to promote the knowledge about management of investments in energy. And they will continue to operate jointly in the R4GG project.
In this capacity ITE is well positioned to inform and influence the regional policies in sustainable energy in Valencia.