COOPENERGY aims to foster a more collaborative approach between regional and local public authorities for more cohesion in the design and implementation of their respective sustainable energy action plans.



Sustainable Energy Action Plans at the regional and local levels are often developed in isolation from each other. This can lead to unforeseen incoherencies, duplications, wasted resources and time. Thus COOPENERGY seeks to foster more collaboration between regional authorities and their local authorities, through several actions: joint signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation document to commit to a long-term collaborative approach, the setting-up of a regional steering committee, and the implementation of at least two joint initiatives where both regional and local authorities are involved. This deliberate collaborative approach is sure to improve coherence and impacts at both regional and local levels in delivering their respective sustainable energy action plans.

How – actions of the project

  • Identifying and learning from the good practices of European regions: a database of 60 best practice examples of MLG across Europe as well as an MLG Guidebook have been published on the project website
  • Testing local multi-level agreements to inform future action: Memoranda of Understanding documents have been signed in each partner region between the regional and local authorities to commit to a long-term collaborative approach
  • Implementing 12 joint actions: in each partner region, the regional and local authorities will implement at least two joint actions (example: regional biogas chain development, joint procurement of public lighting,…)
  • Transferring the results of the project and providing some bilateral support to a further 12 European regions not in the original project partnership
  • Publishing an online MLG Guidebook with step-by-step guidance

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