Enhancing effective implementation of sustainable energy action plans in European islands through reinforcement of smart multilevel governance – SMILEGOV

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The project idea in a nutshell

The project was built on the idea that cooperation between different levels of governance of islands (i.e. National, regional, local) can have a key role to play towards reaching the 20-20-20 EU goals in the area of energy and climate change.

The role of good multilevel cooperation is identified as one of the key points for consistent (between different levels) and eventually effective sustainable energy planning at local level. Especially, when it comes to island communities this role proves to be crucial for the balanced development of the island, the resources management, the economic growth and the quality of life for the citizens and visitors.

SMILEGOV, based on success stories and close European cooperation will strengthen local capacity and work towards the improvement of multilevel cooperation in European islands aiming to facilitate the implementation of their sustainable energy action plans towards the EU 20-20-20 goals.

As for those islands that have not yet been through the sustainable energy planning process towards 2020, capacity building will be offered with the aim to support the island structures and enable them to develop their own planning and energy projects.

For the support of this process, clusters of European islands will be set up in the largest part of the European insular regions: The Atlantic (Canaries, Scotland), the Baltic Sea (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia) and the Mediterranean (Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Greece). The formation of clusters of islands and the exchange of knowledge at local and regional level, the identification of Strategic Guidelines for overcoming existing barriers through the assistance of advanced islands, as well as the process of learning from the experience of models areas ("learning from the experts") will be the guide for the exploration of this path.

SMILEGOV and Pact of Islands

SMILEGOV will build 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 not experience in energy planning and have not had the chance to elaborate on sustainable energy projects yet will also be invited to join the SMILEGOV clusters. Those islands will 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. For each cluster, a cluster leader will be the contact point responsible for this process.

Besides a, What More Is In There For You?

By joining your local SMILEGOV islands cluster your island will:

 become a member of the greatest European sustainable islands network

 strengthen its collaboration with neighbouring islands and island communities

 benefit from the workshops for energy planning and financing of sustainable energy projects

 have an insight view of success stories and good examples for island sustainable projects

 have members of the staff receiving certified training on energy planning and project’s development

 have access and guidance through the existing Pact of Islands guidelines and tools and receive technical assistance during the sustainable energy planning process

The Scottish Islands Federation would like to acknowledge the grant support provided by the Scottish Executive Rural Strategic Support Fund, Leader+, Highland Council, Argyll and Bute Council and North Ayrshire Council.

© Scottish Islands Federation 2007
Island Photographs courtesy of
Cailean Maclean

Last modified 08/08/2013