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P1."STRIA“South Transdanubian
Regional Innovation Agency
Non-for-profit Ltd. Hungary
P2. Kainuun Etu ltd (Finland)
Phone: +358 44 551 4536
P3. SAENA - Saxon Energy
Agency (Germany)
Phone: +49 0351 4910 3169
P4. ARGEM - Regional
Management Agency of Energy Region of Murcia (Spain)
Phone: +34 968 223 831
P5. SARGA, S.L.U, Government
of Aragon (Spain)
Phone: +34 976 070 00
P6. ARLEG - Regional
Development Agency,
Legnica (Poland)
Phone: +48 76 862 2777
P7. BMW Regional Assembly
The Square, Ballaghadereen,
Co. Roscommon
Phone: +353 94 9862970
P8. MWRA - Mid-West
Regional Authority (Ireland)
Phone: +353 (0)67 33197
P9. Local Government of
Mohács (Hungary)
Phone: +36 06 69/505-546
BMW Regional Assembly
The Square, Ballaghadereen,
County Roscommon
Phone: +353 94 9862970
[email protected]
Improving Communities’ Sustainable
Energy Policy Tools
1st January 2012 – 31th December 2014
STEP is an INTERREG IVC project under priority 2: Environment
and Risk Prevention/Energy and Sustainable Transport. It was
selected in 2011 during the INTERREG IVC 4th call and has
received 1.2 million euro funding from the ERDF.
The STEP partnership consists of 9 ambitious partners from 8
regions wishing to improve their local sustainable energy policies
and to support the deployment of regional policies at local level.
In order to achieve the EU 20-20-20 targets, national and
regional policies should be deployed more efficiently at local
authorities’ level, who are key to ensuring successful policy
implementation. The EU strategy is based on the subsidiary
principle, giving priority to local initiatives and promoting
cooperation between the different levels of decision-making.
The project follows this approach by fostering local level policies,
supporting energy efficiency and promoting energy selfsufficiency derived from national/regional policies. Both
experienced and learning regions with different expertise levels
participate in the exchange of policies.
The specific objectives of the project are:
To increase the amount of renewable energy in project
partner regions;
To boost the implementation of policies that may contribute
to achieve the EU objectives 20-20-20;
To support territorial cohesion among participant regions
according to European policies on energy and climate
change by promoting energy self-sufficiency and energy
To exchange and transfer practical actions at
political level
To create an inter-regional global political
guide on sustainable energy and energy
management systems at local level
To support the execution of sustainable
energy actions through identification of the
most suitable funding possibilities
To make a good practice transfer on
interregional development policy by means of
the elaboration of specific implementation
plans in each of the participant regions.
To develop and strengthen the capacities of
local authorities in sustainable planning and
To boost subsidiarity and cooperation among
the different decision-making levels (local,
regional, national).
The main aims of the STEP project are:
 To create a set of regional good practices that may help to
reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions;
To improve national, regional and local
policies on sustainable energy
Sharing regional experiences enables regions to claim
the role in sustainable energy policies.
STEP partners will elaborate thematic policy practice
guides with recommendations in three topics:
(1) Better implementation of sustainable energy
policies at local level;
(1) Development of sustainable energy management
systems, and
(1) Financing
These guides will translate into 8 regional
implementation plans, which will guarantee the
durability of the project results. The plans will be
prepared after the end of STEP Project and will
ensure the regional and local transfer of identified
policy tools.