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Multi-level Governance and Partnership Practices in Development and Implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP)

Multi-level Governance and Partnership Practices in Development and Implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP)

In this study, Ecologic Institute researched – together with ICLEI and the Austrian Environmental Agency – how cities and regions that have signed the Covenant of Mayors went through the process of creating and implementing their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). For the topics of multi-level governance and sustainable financing, three case studies each were conducted, incorporating information from local authorities. The case studies provide an overview of the multi-level governance activities of Hanover, the Region of Barcelona and the Region of Emilia Romagna. For the case studies pertaining to sustainable financing, the city of Bath, the Region of Sardegna and the city of Namyslow were picked. The study is available for download.


Riedel, Arne; Giorgia Rambelli; Alexander Storch 2016: Multi-level governance and partnership practices in development and implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP).

Giorgia Rambelli (ICLEI)
Alexander Storch (Umweltbundesamt Wien)
92 pp.
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Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Multilevel governance recommendations
Sustainable financing recommendations
1 Analytical framework
1.1 Objectives of the study report
1.2 Methodological approach
1.2.1 Good practices of multi-level governance (task 1)
1.2.2 Good practices of mobilization of public and/or private funding (task 2)
1.2.3 Interviews
2 Analysis of multi-level governance and partnership practices
2.1 Overview
2.2 Suggested case studies on multi-level governance
2.3 Selected case studies
2.3.1 Case study for the City of Hannover
2.3.2 Case study for the Province of Barcelona
2.3.3 Case study for the Emilia Romagna Region
2.4 Findings on multilevel governance aspects
2.4.1 Participation
2.4.2 Horizontal integration
2.4.3 Vertical integration
2.4.4 Communication and transparency
3 Case studies on sustainable funding
3.1 Overview
3.2 Suggested case studies on sustainable funding
3.3 Selected case studies
3.3.1 Case study for the city of Bath
3.3.2 Case study for the Regione Sardegna
3.3.3 Case study for the city of Namyslow
3.4 Findings on sustainable funding aspects
3.4.1 Sector focus
3.4.2 Business model
3.4.3 Public/private
3.4.4 Multi-level / cross-level engagement
4 Sources
5 Annex: Template for the Case Studies (example for task 1)

Cities, Regions, Covenant of Mayors, Sustainable Energy Action Plans, SEAP, Multilateral Governance, Sustainable Funding, Best Practice Exchange, Europe, Interviews, Case Studies, Desk Research