Greece
Multi-level governance

Regio1st

The Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) is a non-for-profit, independent research organisation. We act as a knowledge-hub sharing pragmatic results as well as innovative ideas to support work towards the energy transition and a sustainable future.

An initiative of INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICY STICHTING [IEECP]

Overview of the project

The Energy Efficiency First (EE1st) principle boosts EU sustainability, climate neutrality, and green growth goals (Green Deal, Fit for 55, RePowerEU). In addition, it endeavours to guarantee the production of energy that is essential, hinder investments in stranded assets, and reduce and manage energy demand in a cost-effective manner, all while considering market integration and supply security. Regio1st raises awareness about EE1st among regional governments and their agencies and supports them in making related planning decisions by providing appropriate guidance to six regional authorities and plans to expand to over 100 regions in the EU. It establishes a community of practice for EE1st in cooperation with the Covenant of Mayors to ensure political commitment and enforce the Multilevel Climate and Energy Dialogue provision. In Western Macedonia, the process started with stakeholder mapping, to collect targeted and individualised information by gaining a comprehensive understanding of the actors’ diverse needs, requirements, and expectations. Then, it continued with a series of regional workshops to foster the integration of EE1st within regional energy planning. In particular, a questionnaire run on the first regional workshop revealed that only 38% of the stakeholders were aware of the Regional energy planning procedure, 63% agreed that the Region of Western Macedonia is tackling energy transition with sensitivity and is reacting positively to the changes it brings, and 92% thought that National Energy and Climate Plans should be at the Regional level as well. In accordance with the Regio1st goal, the numbers mentioned above underscore the necessity for regions and regional energy agencies to take on an increased role in the energy planning.

Objective

Regio1st guides regional governments in the implementation of the Energy Efficiency First principle in their energy plans.

Level of progress

implementation

Project timeline

11/01/2022 - 31/10/2025

Quantitative results

Regio1st is implemented in 6 pilot regions of the European Union, each with specific characteristics and needs related to energy efficiency planning, that are Asturias (Spain), Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford (Ireland), Liguria (Italy), Medjimurje (Croatia), Ormoz and Slovenska Bistraca (Slovenia), and Western Macedonia (Greece). The project has already organised a series of workshops that managed to involve already over 50 regional and local authorithies throughout these regions, in addition to reach over 7000 stakeholders with their outreach activities. The partners also developed a Planning Framework, that is an online guidance including a set of tools to help planners in the different stages of the energy planning process.

Qualitative results

A detailed study of the patterns and processes followed by the stakeholders involved in regional energy planning throughout the six participating regions in Regio1st has been conducted during this stage of implementation of the project. This comprehensive assessment included a thorough review of the regional energy planning ecosystem , the role of regional authorities in planning, an evaluation of the current regulatory framework, an assessment of the current situation in each region, identification of requirements, obstacles, and difficulties, and an in-depth examination of how decisions are made at the regional level.

Financing

Co - Funded by LIFE21-CET-LOCAL (Project: 101076088)

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The Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) is a non-for-profit, independent research organisation. We act as a knowledge-hub sharing pragmatic results as well as innovative ideas providing policymakers, and all private and public decision-makers, independent expertise and science-based research to support their work towards the energy transition and a sustainable future. Working since 2015 on science-based climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, IEECP’s international interdisciplinary team of experts generating and disseminating scientific knowledge is dedicated to proposing data-driven solutions, hands-on solutions and policies as well as strategic communication.

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  • MENEA

    Regional agency

Other partners / supporters

The partnership consortium is consisted by 10 partners, 6 regional energy agencies FAEN, MENEA, CLUBE, IRE Spa, and 5 horizontal partners IEECP, Fraunhofer, ICCS FEDARENE, 3CEA, LEASP