SmileGov (Sustainable Multilevel Governance)
Community Energy Scotland is proud to be a consulting partner for Scottish Islands Federation who are one partner forming the SMILEGOV island clusters which span from the Mediterranean till the Baltic sea and from the North sea till the Atlantic ocean.
Smilegov 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 is offered with the aim to support the island structures and enable them to develop their own planning and energy projects.
Clusters of European islands:
The Atlantic (Canaries, Scotland),
the Baltic Sea (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia)
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 experienced areas ("learning from the experts") is the guide for the model for this project.
Many Atlantic sited Scottish islands that have no experience in energy planning and have not had the chance to elaborate on sustainable energy projects. These islands for the Scottish cluster for the project. 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.
The benefits for the islands are threefold, they:
• 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
• have access to support and technical assistance of Community Energy Scotland, the region’s leading community energy charity