Big Thinking, Local Action

The development of local strategies and action plans was a complex process that took into account many of the deliverables from the RE-SEEties project. The quality control function of the project’s expert partners was crucial in the process, having provided remote support for each city with concrete recommendations, related to foresight on resource consumption, peer review, and finalization of the local strategies.

The recommendations resulted in a report created by the Assessment and Support Group of the RE-SEEties project – professional organizations responsible for expert support for the cities in the strategy building process. Members of the group were: MACEF, REGEA, CNR-IMAA, CRES and ENERGIAKLUB.

The key documents created during the implementation of the project, have been incorporated in the final strategies. The resource consumption forecast enabled identification ofthe demands of each city in terms of primary resources, as well as overall GHG emissions based on existing surveys and methodologies for alternative future scenarios. At the end of this activity, each city gained a set of forecasts for energy consumption, and possible local energy production and waste production under alternative management schemes.

During the peer review process every city created a case study profile in which the city defined their aims and focus. This served as the basis for the strategy building. Because of the importance of the case studies in the strategy building process, every city organized peer reviews in order to improve the quality of the case studies through involvement of the relevant stakeholders.

Each participating city’s local strategy and action plan was complemented by a RES feasibility study on the optimal future utilization of local and regional RES potential. The feasibility studies reflect on the applicability of chosen technological solutions.

Common conclusions and lessons learnt from the strategy building process:

  • Data quality plays an important role in a good strategy. Estimated data and data gained from uncertain sources can result in significant mistakes and problems during the implementation of the strategy

  • An essential step is the involvement of all relevant stakeholders. The strategy cannot be realized without the help of key stakeholders, therefore they need to be included in every step of the strategy building: development, adoption, implementation and monitoring.

  • Using common tools can be significant in the creation of a good strategy. These kinds of tools are proven over time and used by many policy makers, and can assure the implementer of the strategy towards its correctness and impact. That is one of the major reasons why the RE-SEEties project was trying to build common tools, and test them in practice during the process of strategy development.

All the local strategies as well as the expert recommendations can be downloaded from the ’Document center’ of the RE-SEEties website.