Project Details

Title: POWER
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: Yes
Duration: 1st Sep 2008 - 31st Mar 2012
Website: http://www.powerprogramme.eu/


Total budget: €5,515,518.69
ERDF contribution: €4,233,347.51

Lead partner

South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)
Cross Lanes
GU1 1YA, Guildford

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    • Contact Person: Sue Gurney
      Phone: 44(0) 1483 484 200
      Fax: 44(0) 1483 484 247

Project summary

In the context of ambitious EU targets for climate protection, the POWER Regional Initiative will explore ways to move towards a low carbon economy at regional level, in particular by re-formulating regional development strategies and policy instruments and identifying effective forms of sub-regional action which also contribute to regional competitiveness. The seven participating regions of South East England, Malopolska, Emilia-Romaga, Noord-Brabant, Stockholm, Tallinn, Andalucia have come together to exchange on good practices, transfer of knowledge and experiences on the how to tackle these complex issues requiring an integrated policies framework and committed individuals & organisations at all level to decouple the links between economic growth and environmental pressures. The partner regions will work toward achieving long-term policy objectives of fossil free Europe, Kyoto Protocols, Energy targets by 2020, renewed Sustainable Development Strategy by developping appropriate

road-maps, finding the best path together in response to these future challenges. The regions will establish a POWER Policy network operating through 5 thematic working groups made up of policy experts in the area of energy and sustainable transport, strategic layer or "think-tank" of the operation working collectively and through a number of sub-networks to inform the regional road maps. Two calls will be organised for the selection of the 12 sub-networks inviting the local/regional stakeholders to participate in the regional initiative. The five areas of co-operation selected for joint co-operation and networking activities are: 1) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies 2) Sustainable transport 3) Eco-innovation and environmental technologies 4) Behaviour Change and 5) mainstreaming with EU structural funds. The sub-networks will allow the combination of "supply and demand side" through a bottom-up approach and the embedding of policy good practices at local level.

These will result in 15 000 citizens, industrial customers and public authorities with increased capacity and awareness in reducing carbon footprint - 34 good practices transferred - 12 policy recommendations and 7 road maps. In addition, the project will also have a catalyst effect on carbon reduction in participating regions, reduction of greenhouse gas emission, generation of electricity from renewable resources, enhancing the use of environmental technologies and eco-innovation and more generally the project will contribute to preserserve the health and well-being of citizens and the future generations. The programme management will be comprised of a secretariat based in the South East Enlgnad working with a network of Regional Correspondents and Policy thematic groups. Through interregional cooperation the participating regions on this POWER project will find new paths on how best to develop and grow successful economies while embracing emission-reducing policies.

Project achievements

POWER is a 5.8 million Euros programme funded through INTERREG IVC delivered from Sep 2008 to Mar 2012. Seven European regions (Andalusia, Emilia-Romagna, Malopolska, Noord- Brabant, South East England, Stockholm & Tallinn) joined forces to share their experience on how best to move towards low carbon economies. The specific objective of POWER was: to improve the effectiveness of regional development policies through the exchange, sharing & transfer of policy experience, knowledge & good practices under five themes: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Transport, Behaviour Change & Eco-Innovation & Environmental Technologies. The 7 partner regions funded 9 subprojects delivering results on the five POWER themes, the sub-projects are: 1) GENERATION, 'Green ENERgy AudiTIng for a Low CarboN Economy' delivering a simplified tool for conducting building energy audits; 2) TrIsCo, 'Transition Island Communities Empowering Localities to Act', effectively engaging local communities

to change behaviour to adopt low carbon habits; 3) WICO, 'Wind of the Coast', has been deploying small wind-powered technology; 4) ITACA, 'Innovative Transport Approach in Cities & Metropolitan Areas', explored integrated transport systems for a new sustainable urban mobility; 5) E-Mob, 'E-Mobility accelerator', aimed to create the right conditions to move from electric vehicle trials to their sustainable market introduction; 6) SEECA, 'Strategy for Energy Efficiency through Climate Agreements', developing strategies to improve energy efficiency & ensure the 'right' energy is used for the 'right' purpose; 7) SILCS, 'Strategies for Innovative Low Carbon Settlements', proving the effectiveness of low carbon building initiatives within the framework of sustainable development; 8) TIMBER, 'Tools for Integrated Management of Biomass Energy Resources', investigated ways to overcome logistical challenges of collecting & processing biomass for small & medium sized producers; 9) TraCit,

'Transport Carbon IntenCities', mobility strategies that pave the way for less energy intensive modes of transport.

POWER policy experts worked with Regional Correspondents & agencies to liaise with the sub projects & analyse the outcomes of their work, ensuring that good practices were captured & policy recommendations were fed back into national & regional strategies. Policy Recommendations were identified for each theme & each region produced a Policy Roadmap to represent their route to a low carbon economy. The roadmaps show how POWER results have influenced policy, & will continue to influence policy in each region.

POWER programme activity has enabled over 100 best practices to be identified, inlcuding: Kilma Teams (Behaviour Change theme); Design Charrette (Eco-innovation & Environmental Technology theme); & Use of Solar Panels to Charge Electric Vehicles (Sustainable Transport theme).

The programme has enabled the improvement of many regional/local policies & instruments, for example 7 policies in the Stockholm Region have been influenced by the TIMBER project, which has informed the Regional Bioenergy Plan, an important part of the Regional Development Plan for the Stockholm Region (RUFS 2010). The programme has also enabled over 78,000 citizens, industrials & public authorities to have an increased capacity & awareness in reducing their carbon footprint, through interregional events, e-newsletters, workshops, eco-calenders & other communication materials.

POWER has demonstrated how interregional exchange can support the transition to a low carbon economy. The knowledge generated & transferred has helped regions to develop concrete plans for adaptation & mitigation of climate change, & to contribute to national & international frameworks to reduce carbon emissions. POWER has created a momentum to spur the clean revolution at sub national level.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), Guildford UNITED KINGDOM Surrey, East and West Sussex 44(0) 1483 484 200
Marshal Office of the Malopolska Region, Krakow POLAND Malopolskie 48(12) 29 90 677
Province Noord-Brabant, s-Hertogenbosch NETHERLANDS Noord-Brabant 31(073)68 08 583
Andalusian Energy Agency, Andalusian Regional Energy, Seville SPAIN Andalucía 34 954 78 63 35
Stockholm Region EU Office, Brussels SWEDEN Stockholm 32(0) 2 740 0615
Tallinn City Government, Tallinn ESTONIA Eesti 372 640 4581
Environmental Protection Agency of Emilia-Romagna Region, Bologna ITALY Emilia-Romagna 390512966311
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