14
May

Workshop on urban regeneration: the SEAP Actions in Emilia Romagna Region

What is a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), how a joint SEAP can be built by a group of municipalities and more, how the SEAP can be a driver for promoting effective projects but also local skills and professional knowledge as well good ideas, both in the public and private sectors, and in short support the local economy other than energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources?

These topics will be discussed in Terra del Sole (FC), Emilia-Romagna, next May 14th, through a technical workshop co-organized by the Alterenergy project. The workshop will refer to the SEAP of the municipalities of the “Unione della Romagna forlivese”, one of the biggest clusters of municipalities established in Emilia-Romagna, and is held in the framework of a cycle of seminars organized by the municipalities of the cluster together with CNA (SMEs association) and funded by the Foundation Cassa di Risparmi di Forlì.
Nowadays more than 300 municipalities in Emilia-Romagna joined the Covenant of Mayors initiative and prepared their SEAP (or are on their way to finalize it), aiming at reducing at least by 20% the local CO2 emissions by 2020. The development of the SEAPs has been put in place for the most cases through clusters of municipalities (Unioni di Comuni), following a choice made by the regional administration, coherent with the regional administrative reform plan expecting a move of specific competencies from the municipality level to the formally established cluster of municipalities level. Therefore, the SEAP is an effective instrument for implementing local measures at the territorial most suitable level, and integrated territorial policies for both raising of financial (public and private) resources and the involvement of local professionals, SMEs and all actors, including citizens.
Alterenergy project, co-financed by the IPA Adriatic programme, directly supported the experience of the municipality of Castrocaro Terme and Terra del Sole, part of the Romagna forlivese cluster, and the joint SEAP of the cluster itself, implementing therefore an kind of integrated local energy planning process, including technical assistance for the implementation of local measures, training and capacity building activities, involvement of citizens and schools. The experience developed by the Romagna forlivese represents now a reference good practice useful for the Emilia-Romagna regional context as a whole.

Link to the workshop programme!