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Fostering local fiscal policies to promote renewable energy sources at a municipal level

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The LOCAL Policies for GREEN Energy initiative (LOCAL4GREEN, 2016-2019 execution period) is a project financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) within the framework of the Interreg MED Programme.

The aim of the LOCAL4GREEN project is to help local authorities to establish and implement innovative local fiscal policies which are geared towards promoting renewable energy sources in the public-private sector and in homes especially within the framework of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans and the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans that have been adopted by the municipalities that form part of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.

 

The project is to be undertaken in rural areas and islands of the regions included in the Interreg MED Programme where local fiscal policies have a key role in increasing the use of renewable energy sources. As such, the LOCAL4GREEN project has drawn up its own drafting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation methodology regarding local policies that promote renewable energy sources through fiscal measures particularly in rural areas and islands. Said methodology, set out in this guidebook and created by the MUSOL Foundation, is a guide for the project partners which are in charge supporting local authorities in implementing innovative local fiscal policies that aim to promote renewable energy sources.

 

Furthermore, the methodology is intended to be a useful tool for all municipalities that seek to foster renewable energy, beyond the specific territorial scope of the LOCAL4GREEN project, in their area of competence.

 

In this sense, the legislative differences in the countries under the LOCAL4GREEN project have been taken into consideration in the designing of this methodology and explanations of concepts, such as the concept of municipality which has different meanings and nuances in different countries, have been included. These methodology guidelines aim to ensure that the tool can be transferred to and applied in very different regulatory contexts.

 

In conclusion, the aim is for this methodology to be an international benchmark for local public politicians and executives who seek to draft innovative and impacting policies to promote renewable energy on a local level.