The aim of this website is to provide useful information and best practices to those
agents working in sustainable development energy policies.
Improvement of sustainable energy policy tools in local governments (STEP) is an
INTERREG IVC project under priority 2: Environment and Risk Prevention/Energy and
Sustainable Transport. It was elected in 2011 during the INTERREG IVC 4th call and
counts with a 1.2 million euros 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, which are the key of 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 self-sufficiency derived from national/regional
policies. Both experienced and learning regions with different state of the art
participate in the exchange of policies.
The main aims of the STEP project are:
create a set of regional good practices that may help to reduce energy consumption
and CO2 emissions,
increase the amount of renewal energy in project partners regions,
boost the implementation of policies that may contribute to achieve the EU objectives
support territorial cohesion among participant regions according to the European
policies on energy and climate change by promoting energy self-sufficiency and energy