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            transition in all rural and island
            municipalities across the region. In
            order to achieve this, the community
            is bringing together a group of
            like-minded municipalities and
            organisations committed to the
            Ecosystem Transition Unit (ETU)
            Inititaive a goverance framework
            based on five main revitalisation
            principles: apply an ecological
            approach, ensure territorial equality,
            encourage social innovation, promote
            green economy, and based on
            cooperation and commitment.
            The ETU Initiative  is addressed
            to local authorities, entities and
            organisations that:
            •  Want to foster a local energy      Fig 2: ETU model components and mainstreaming policies.
               community;                         Source: ETU White Paper (2022) Interreg Med Renewable Energy .
            •  Are in the process of updating
               their Sustainable Energy Action
               Plan (SEAP) and developing their   mainstreamed the ETU toolbox to   The ETU Initiative continues
               Sustainable Energy and Climate   9 flagship cases across Spain, Italy,   encouraging other municipalities and
               Action Plan (SECAP);          Croatia, and Greece by supporting   local entities to join the movement
                                             their renewable energy plans,    by showcasing their energy transition
            •  Wish to promote a project or   renewable energy communities,   actions based on an holistic
               initiative linked to energy and   and strategic climate-neutral and   governance approach (ecological,
               ecological transition in their   circular economy projects. An overall   territorial, social and economic).
               territory                     impact on around 156,000 inhabitants   Municipalities are invited to share
                                             distributed 21.3% in islands, 70.2% in   their experiences and support the
            The energy transition requires the   small municipalities, and 8.5% in rural   ETU principles through the Letter of
            active participation of society,   areas.                         Commitment . All signatories will help
            local authorities and associations,                               to encourage the visibility of good
            businesses and innovative centres.   What we had learned is that   practices based on fair and inclusive
            The ETU aims to synthesise an    rural areas despite of their low   energy transition in rural areas.
            integrated approach for the rural   density, have a lot of potential
            revitalisation process, taking energy   when it comes to achieving energy   We intive you to attend the official
            transition as a starting point.  transition objectives, also for the   workshop as part of EU week of
                                             implementation of renewable energy   regions and cities:
            In the framework of the Interreg   communities. Nevertheless, rural
            MED Renewable Energy project,    areas and islands require tools and   Powering GREEN Energy Transition
            the ETU Initiative launched a    solutions to identify, coordinate   in rural communities through social
            call in 2021 addressed to small   and establish strategic alliances   and territorial innovation  ONLINE
            municipalities, rural areas and   to accelerate the transition in an   -Tuesday, October 11, 2022  9:30 AM
            islands . The experience allowed to   inclusive and green way.    to 11:00 AM. l

            1  OECD (2020) »Managing Environmental and Energy Transitions for Regions and Cities«
            3  Cynthia Echave.; Danilo Ceh.;  Alexia Boulanger.; Jennifer Shaw-Taberlet. (2019);  An ecosystemic approach for the energy transition in the Mediterranean
              Region;  SyNERGY MED 2019.
            5  C. Echave et al. (2022) »ETU White Paper«. Interreg MED Renewable Energy.
            6  ETU Flagship Cases Booklet.

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