What we mean by 'integrated' strategy is a strategy that deals with energy and climate as inseparable issues affecting all economic and social fields.
Recently, an event organised as part of the 2018 European Week of Regions and Cities highlighted the efficiency of such integrated strategies. "Multi-level governance and the possibility of multi-fund management are two key tools for regions" Regional Minister of Navarra Isabel Elizalde said.
Julije Domac, Director of REGEA and member of the Covenant Political Board added: "The energy transition should be a topic in all EU [funding] programmes and their rules should be harmonised for bigger impact". Manuela Bora from the Marche Region in Italy said she was happy that "the ERDF allocation was definitely oriented to support sustainable action, with €48M for energy savings in buildings and €13M for sustainable mobility".
Examples brought out by Katharina Krell, from the Interreg Policy Learning Platform, show that the regions who do better and get more out of regional funds are those with integrated strategies.
The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy provides local governments with a governance model supporting the development of such cross-cutting strategies. Small villages, big cities, conurbations, provinces and regions, not-for-profit organisations, energy and climate agencies... can all be part of the Covenant of Mayors Community.
"We want to show more of what you can do at city, local level, EU and global level in terms of energy and climate, and to show the importance of multi-level governance" , Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula said.
"Learning together is the key."