The project IMPLEMENT- Improving Local Energy and climate policy through quality management and certification has been funded under Horizon 2020 programme with the budget of almost 1.4 mio Euro and activities undertaken for 48 months. By introducing the quality management and certification system European Energy Award (eea) in Belgium, Croatia, Greece and Poland, the project aims at setting up the necessary structures to carry out the programme in municipalities in the new target regions.
During the project, 30 pilot municipalities will further develop and implement their climate and energy strategy by using the eea standards and the associated criteria catalogue with a detailed set of recommendable measures. Accredited eea advisors will guide and monitor the continuous progress while certification will ensure that municipalities implement their climate and energy plans to high quality standards. The municipality’s experiences and successes will pave the way for more municipalities in the target regions to join the eea.
4 main objectives are addressed through this project:
Roll out the European Energy Award quality management system and certification scheme in four EU member states
The partners will introduce and roll out a successful international quality management programme for local climate policy implementation, in 12 regions in four countries. Also national eea offices and steering committees involving stakeholders from different governance levels, will be set up.
Capacity Building: empower municipalities to implement climate strategies based on integrated energy and climate plans
An interdepartmental energy team from each municipality will prepare an energy policy programme (30 in total), which will outline a set of binding activities, responsibilities, budgets and deadlines for the subsequent years
Measureable energy, CO2 and costs savings as well as increasing production and consumption of renewable energy in 30 pilot municipalities
During the project period, 30 pilot municipalities will receive external guidance in putting their energy policies into practice. Municipalities will assess and plan activities in 6 areas of activity: Development & spatial planning, municipal buildings & facilities, supply & disposal, mobility, internal organisation and communication & cooperation.
Certification of municipalities ensuring quality standards and positive recognition
As part of the eea process, the work done by the energy teams will be moderated and reviewed by accredited eea advisors. At the end of the project all achievements will be assessed by an external eea-auditor. These audits will lead to certifications and depending on the success rate, the European Energy Award will be granted.