Project SMILEGOV

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The project idea in a nutshell

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Project SMILEGOV is built on the idea that cooperation between different levels of governance of islands (i.e. national, regional, local) can play a key role in reaching the 20-20-20 EU goals in the area of energy and climate change. Good multilevel cooperation is identified as one of the key points for consistent and eventually effective sustainable energy planning at local level. Especially when it comes to island communities, this proves to be crucial for the balanced development of the island, the resources management, the economic growth and the quality of life for citizens and visitors.

The project is funded by IEE – Intelligent Energy Europe. It is looking at what is successful and what is tricky in implementing Sustainable Energy planning on Islands. To support this process, Project SMILEGOV has set clusters of European islands in the largest part of the European insular regions: The Atlantic area (Canaries, Scotland), the Baltic Sea (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia) and the Mediterranean area (Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Greece).

Through the formation of island clusters and exchange of knowledge at local and regional level, we want to identify Strategic Guidelines to overcome existing barriers with the assistance of islands that are more advanced on this path, and we learn from each other.

SMILEGOV and the Pact of Islands

Project SMILEGOV is building on the experience gained during the ISLE-PACT project (www.islepact.eu) through which 62 European islands developed sustainable energy plans, as well as specific bankable projects. A fundamental goal for SMILEGOV is to enable significant progress of at least 50 projects that derive from the sustainable energy action plans developed and are facing problems for implementation. Islands that have no experience in energy planning and have not had the chance to work on sustainable energy projects yet will also be invited to join the SMILEGOV clusters. Those islands have receive training with the aim to strengthen the local capacity, be inspired to develop an action plan for the reduction of their CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 and also be invited to join the “Pact of Islands” family.

What More Is In There For You?

By joining your local SMILEGOV islands cluster, your island has become a member of the greatest European sustainable islands network .Collaboration with neighbouring islands and island communities has been strengthened. There is a better understanding of energy planning and financing of sustainable energy projects.  Accessing  insight view of success stories and good examples for island sustainable projects  has been made possible.  Members of staff or from your island community have received certified training on energy planning and project’s development.  Access and guidance through the existing Pact of Islands guidelines and tools, technical assistance during the sustainable energy planning process are now available.

What is happening in the Scottish Cluster?

The Scottish cluster brings together a number of islands in Argyll and Bute, North Ayrshire and Highland: Mull, Iona, Gigha, Lismore, Luing, Bute, the Small Isles ( Eigg, Muck, Canna and Rum), Sleat ( Skye), Cumbrae and Arran. In our cluster we are working in partnership with Community Energy Scotland,  and under their guidance we are training energy auditors in those islands to undertake the baseline research necessary to start a Island Sustainable Energy plan. This is funded by CARES and we hope that the methodology we have developed will also be used by other island energy auditors beyond the end of the project.

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