Public Organisations Transform Energy Transitions
POTEnT provided support for the first MK Sustainability Conference held in early March 2020.
The presentations are available in the document section and more information is on the Conference page.
The excellent visual interpreations created by Matt at Drawnalism can be found in the following section.
Audio files for the presentations will soon be available so if you were there, you can hear all the proceedings again. If you missed the Conference you can catch up with the news of what sustainability actions are taking place in Milton Keynes.
Check back in a few days to see if the audio files are ready.
Thanks to Matt at Drawnalism
Thanks to Matt at Drawnalism
MKC is part of an EU project consortium that will improve regional low carbon economy policies. The project will run for 48 months from 1st August 2019. Total European Regional Development Funding is 1.69 million Euros between eight partners. MK can claim up to 162 thousand Euros.
POTEnT addresses a key challenge for European cities and regions: how to achieve more carbon reduction by harnessing the potential of direct and local action by citizens and communities. The UK is committed by international treaty to achieve ambitious carbon reduction targets and everyone needs to start action as soon as possible.
Regional and local authorities can provide a positive alternative to the market-based provision of energy services. The POTENTIAL lies in their local connections, opportunities and accountability.
However, local authorities face many challenges in becoming actors in the energy market. First, they need to develop legal mechanisms, attract investment, acquire skills and talk over the options with local communities. Many regulations are made at central government level, so solutions need to be tailor-made to suit local conditions. In Milton Keynes the Sustainability Strategy provides an outline for local solutions.
The objective of POTEnT is to reduce carbon emissions faster than “Business As Usual” through more and better energy services provided by local and regional authorities.
The Interreg website for the project is https://www.interregeurope.eu/potent/
The 8 project partners are:
· City of Ostrava (CZ)
· Milton Keynes Council (UK)
· Pamplona City Council (ES)
· Parma Municipality (IT)
· Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics BV (NL)
· Ettlingen Municipal Services Agency (DE)
· Tartu Regional Energy Agency (EE)
· Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden (SE)
The project partners will:
- Analyse partners’ plans
- Identify good practices that will improve these plans Develop/improve public Energy Services Companies (ESCos)
- Build the capacity of all relevant public authorities
- Increase investments in low carbon projects
- Inspire/empower local decision-makers and communities
· The project’s main outputs will be focused on new energy transition solutions through:
o New projects to increase investment in low carbon projects, inspire/empower local decision-makers and communities to achieve higher levels of carbon reduction
o Improved governance by delivering policies to develop/improve public Energy Services Companies and transform existing mechanisms into "future-fit" organisations that will have a bigger impact on carbon reduction.
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