STEP – Improvement of Sustainable Energy Policy Tools in Local Governments
Improvement of sustainable energy policy tools in local governments (STEP) is an INTERREG IVC project under priority 2: Environment and Risk Prevention/Energy and Sustainable Transport. It was elected in 2011 during the INTERREG IVC 4th call and counts with a 1.2 million euros funding from the ERDF.
The STEP partnership consists of 9 ambitious partners from 8 regions wishing to improve their local sustainable energy policies and to support the deployment of regional policies at local level. In order to achieve the EU 20-20-20 targets, national and regional policies should be deployed more efficiently at local authorities’ level, which are the key of successful policy Implementation. The EU strategy is based on the subsidiary principle, giving priority to local initiatives and promoting cooperation between the different levels of decision-making.
The project follows this approach by fostering local level policies, supporting energy efficiency and promoting energy self-sufficiency derived from national/regional policies. Both experienced and learning regions with different state of the art participate in the exchange of policies.
The main aims of the STEP project are:
To create a set of regional good practices that may help to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions,
To increase the amount of renewal energy in project partners regions,
To boost the implementation of policies that may contribute to achieve the EU objectives 20-20-20, and
To support territorial cohesion among participant regions according to the European policies on energy and climate change by promoting energy self-sufficiency and energy diversification.