- Province of Asti, Italy- Project Coordinator - Local Authority
- Energy Agency of Plovdiv (EAP), Bulgaria - Energy Agency
- Ente Regional de la Energía de Castilla y León (EREN), Spain- Energy Agency
- Promotion Network for the Implantation of Renewable and Alternative Energies (ALTERnet), Spain - Network of Renewable and Alternative Energies
- Tartu City Government, Estonia - Local Authority
- ENGIM (Ente Nazionale Giuseppini del Murialdo), Italy - Training Specialist
- iMpronta, Italy - Expert on mobility management, participation, communication and technologies
- Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (BCI), UK - Chamber of Commerce
- Municipality of Asti, Italy - Local Authority
The Province of Asti is a local authority with competencies on environmental management and sustainable mobility.
Energy Agency of Plovdiv (EAP) is the first energy management agency established in Bulgaria under the SAVE II program of the European Commission (EC). It is now one of the few such agencies established in Central and Eastern Europe following the decision of the EC in 1999 to expand the program to our region of Europe. The EC and others have considered EAP a huge success in the country and in the region since its inception in 2000. EAP is a member of the European Federation of Regional Energy and Environment Agencies (FEDARENE), and is a founder of the Association of Bulgarian Energy Agencies in Bulgaria (ABEA). EAP is a member of European Network of Energy Research (ENER).
EAP is continuing its activities promoting energy efficiency, clean energies, sustainable transport as well as identifying and developing new energy projects. Energy Efficiency (EE) is a new concept in Bulgaria; supply side issues used to be the main topic for discussion on the national agenda. An effort to shift the focus to the demand side of energy was successful, bringing attention to energy consumption issues within the community and providing practical ways for individuals, communities and businesses to improve their energy management.
The main priorities of the agency are: energy efficiency in buildings, the development of sustainable energy communities, energy/environmental education, sustainable transport. EAP has developed and managed more than 20 RES and EE projects together with national and international partners.
The work of EAP is based on a well-developed quality management system and a code of ethics that has been signed by the staff, management board and associated experts.
EREN was created by the Regional Government in December 1996, under law 7/1996, as an energy managing Organism to develop, unify and integrate at territorial level all policies approved in different energy-related areas. Currently EREN is attached to the Regional Ministry for Economics and Employment, being its main objectives are:
- To achieve a competitive and balanced energy system.
- To control and reduce energy intensity.
- To avoid the environmental impact caused by non-rational energy consumption.
- To decrease energy dependence, mainly of third countries through a security of energy supply.
- To promote energy diversification.
- To improve a guarantee and better quality of the different energy types existing.
To achieve the EREN objectives and taking into account the guidelines by the European Union, its main functions are to encourage and develop energy advise programmes, further rationalisation programmes and promote the implementation of system for renewable energies production, study and make recommendations on the use of energy technologies with the participation of the companies of Castilla y León towards these areas, advise planning and energy programming, rational use of energy including in transport and mobility and renewable energies and collaborate in the emission of Legislation in energy matters, promote investments and participate in the management of energy-related grants.
EREN is the organism in charge of the management of the Energy Efficiency Strategy in the Region of Castilla y León, which include transport and mobility measures. Also EREN is involved in the IEE project Mobi-NET, carrying out two mobility offices in medium size cities in the region.
The Promotion Network for the Implantation of Renewable and Alternative Energies (ALTERnet) is a non-profit association. Its objectives are :
- To promote and to favour the implantation of generation systems of non-polluting energies.
- To favour the application of renewable, sustainable, ecological and alternative the energies in the affectation territories of the partners.
- Creation, impulse and development of instruments, formulas, mechanisms and legislations that allow the development of the renewable and alternative energies.
- To establish mechanisms of collaboration between citizens, institutions and companies for the development of these alternative technologies of energy generation.
- To favour the saving and the effectiveness in the use of the energies.
- To promote the sustainable development of the localities and territories of the EU.
- To train and to sensitize the citizens, organizations, institutions and companies that operate in the EU, in the use of the alternative systems of power production
- To promote and to favour the investigation, application and the development of the sources and formulas of renewable, alternative and sustainable energies.
- To favour the exchanges, diffusion of good practices and all the activities destined to impel the alternative energies.
- To collaborate in the sustainable development of the territories and the citizens represented by the members of the association.
- To establish systems of direction, sensitization, animation towards the saving and the use of the energies, in a rational way and with effectiveness.
All those that favour the development of the previous ones, in cooperation among the associate territories.
Its members are:
- South West Local Councils Malta (President)
- ENERGY CENTER OF WESTERN THESSALY-Greece (Vicepresident)
- Ayuntamiento de Marchena (Secretary)
- Ayuntamiento de ATARFE (España)
- ENERAREA Portugal
- Ancitel Sardegna
- CREA - ENERGY SAVING AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY RESEARCH CENTRE
- Provincia de Savona (Italy)
- Conseil du Gers (France)
- Development Enterprise of Achaia-NEA (Greece)
- Municipio de Leverano (Italia)
- Agence AGATE (France)
- Provincia de Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg (Hungary)
The Tartu City Government is made up of six members – a mayor and 5 deputy mayors.
There are 10 departments in the structure of the city government, employing approximately 300 officials.
The mayor’s roles are to oversee the work of the city government, to deal with issues related to the city’s development prospects, to represent the city, to organise internal checks, to take care of personnel matters in the city government, to handle the city’s foreign relations, and to organise public relations and information.
One deputy mayor is in charge of the Departments of Municipal Property and Communal Services. The areas they cover are economic affairs related to the city, energy and housing, city assets and environmental protection.
The main tasks of the Department of Communal Services are:
- organising street and road maintenance, repairs, design and construction;
- establishing the conditions for the organisation of public transport and parking;
- handling public parks, cleaning and environmental protection matters
The main tasks of the Department of Municipal Property are:
- keeping account of the property and assets of the city that are managed by the department;
- organising the leasing, free use and privatisation of residential space that is managed by the department;
- organising the acquisition of property and assets required by the city and the disposal of unnecessary property and assets;
- organising the administration, technical and sanitary maintenance, repair and care of property and assets that are managed by the department;
- organising and supervising design, demolition, building and renovation work
ENGIM (Ente Nazionale Giuseppini del Murialdo) is a non-profit vocational training association. ENGIM was created to continue the many activities organised for young people and workers in the second half of the 19th century by St. Leonardo Murialdo (1828-1900). ENGIM organises training and guidance activities in Italy and abroad for young people and workers, to develop their vocational skills and their personal and social advancement.
In Italy, ENGIM manages 19 Training Centres and one Study Centre. It has four operational centres in Piedmont (Turin – centre of regional coordination, Turin “Artigianelli”, Pinerolo, Nichelino), which offer training and guidance services in the fields of industry and craftwork, the service industry, tourism and welfare.
ENGIM collaborates closely all over the territory with local authorities, companies, schools and universities, the welfare services and employment centres, to devise training programmes that meet the users’ expectations and the needs of the business world. It designs and implements activities financed by the regional and provincial authorities, and by the European Social Fund.
On the request of companies/organisations/associations, it organises refresher, retraining and continuous training courses.
ENGIM is approved by the Piedmont Regional Government as both a training and guidance centre.
The ENGIM Quality Management System has also received UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 certification.
ENGIM is taken care in business and management courses in the field of the Leadership, effective communication, project management and work groups management.
iMpronta is an enterprise born in 2003 with a particular focus on Mobility Management, GIS/GPS solutions, projects for Sustainable Development: community, local development, energetic sustainability, green procurement, etc. At iMpronta, we lead groups and project towards the goal with determination and competence! We have a strong computer engineering competence that makes us unique in this sector. Not only we are consultants, but we create your applications and we integrate both open source and legacy systems.
iMpronta has a strong international propension.
It’s part of the ThinkUp network of enterprises being supported in the internationalization by the chamber of Commerce of Torino.
Southern Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce (SSCCI) covers 5 local authority areas in the south of the County of Staffordshire in the West Midlands Region of the UK. It is the accredited chamber for this area in the British Chamber Network. It comprises three divisions one of which is Cannock Chase.
In January 2008 Chase3 a Public/Private Partnership was formed by SSCCI to act as an enterprise driven Community Programme that would; • promote & sustain the local townships’ economy & trade • better inform residents on public policy matters particularly environment & employment prospects • offer consultation & a delivery framework between local businesses & public policy representatives. In May 2009 the Cannock Chase area suffered the highest rate of increase in unemployment of all local authority areas across the UK, giving greater meaning to the Partnership. The area is also designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, despite former coalmining & engineering activity.
SSCCI owns a subsidiary company British Business Parks (BBP Midlands Ltd) that manages BIZ estates in the area with over 500 resident businesses, providing advice, support and consultation services to SME’s. It has considerable experience in business & employment survey work & the Chamber acts as advocate on behalf of SME companies with local government partners.
Chase3 Partners include Cannock Chase District Council (Local authority), British Business Parks (BIZ Estates Management & Co-ordinators), Cannock Chase FE College, Private Sector Property Developers, Staffordshire Police (Traffic & Crime Prevention), Public & Private Transport Authorities, Chamber of Commerce.
The Chase3 Partnership would become the project local delivery agent with the Chamber acting as the contracting body & trans- national partner.
The Municipality of Asti is a public authority who has many competences about the environmental management. The growing importance of environmental issues over the last few years has been understood also by local bodies, thanks to a clear interest of administrators and a thorough, though still improvable, diffusion of resources provided by the central government. The Municipality of Asti is doing its share, and it has already started with the commitment of previous administrations to fight the depletion of natural resources, i.e. to reduce air, soil and water pollution, to choose energy-saving technologies, and to combine economic development with environmental sustainability. Our territory should turn into an actual laboratory of sustainable development, and become, for all of us, the main educational resource. Education, both addressed to adults and children, is seen as a basic instrument for promoting sustainable life and production systems, in order to guarantee an equal distribution of resources among the peoples and present and future generations. The Department for Environmental Policies has the task of improving the knowledge about environmental issues, and “contaminating” choices of other departments with the environmental sustainability “virus”. In February 2009 the Ecosportello (EcoDesk) was created with the aim to improve communication and exchange of information between the City itself, consumers and users through the dissemination of information and advice on environmental issues, energy saving and bio-ecological architecture. A information desk to advise the public, traders, professionals, administrators on how to work towards sustainable development.
The economy of the city has based for years on manufacturing and mechanical engineering, with many industries suppliers FIAT. In the last years, because of the economic crisis, some of them have reduced production and number of workers. Nevertheless, the industrial area being considered for the purposes of this project has been developed, because many companies have moved in this area. Today, the extension of this area is around 2.000.000 square meters, from the east part of the city to the neighboring municipalities. This situation required the implementation of appropriate policies and action oriented at the sustainable development and to environmental protection.