The project had the chance to be presented during two standing events highlighting the central rule of region in facing some important challenges in the coming future as climate change, the need to enhance the use of renewable energies and to invest more in innovation.
On The 11th of October, in the framework of the European Weeks of Regione and Cities (EWRC) that took place in Brussels, three Interreg Alpine Space projects, PEACE_Alps, CESBA_Alps and THE4BEES, involving the Piemonte Region as lead partner or partner, were presented during the workshop "What role for EUSALP'S regions and Cities as change agents for the future?". During the event high-ranking political panelists analysed what will be the future role of energy policies, identified as key issues for a sustainable development, from the point of view of regions, cties, and citizens.
The Piemonte Region, by presenting the projects, has shown that it is possible to tackle the development of these policies from different, but complementary, points of view. In particular, concerning PEACE_Alps, how it is possible to optimise efforts and economic resources through a territorial coordination leading at the implementation of technical assistance and centralised solutions for local administrations.
The CESBA_Alps project, on the other hand, focuses on the development of an integrated energy sustainability assessment system, while THE4BEES is working on the involvement of citizens in order to raise awareness and act on behavioral patterns changing.
The next day, on 12. October, at the site of the Region Piemonte in Brussels, another event was organized by the same Interreg projects. The topic was: "Regions as Change Agents for Sustainable Energy: Bottom-up and Shared Approach to Policy-Making. The workshop actively involved participants by inviting them to provide input for the definition of recommendations that would include the experience of the three projects within structural policies. The Alpine Space representative emphasized the importance of the Piedmont Region having created a networking action between three projects focused on the development of energy policies in a transnational context, which, even though operating on different levels of the policy cycle, are actually complementary.
The conclusions of the working group focusing on the PEACE_Alps project have highlighted, even in this case, the need to strengthen the legitimacy of the function of the territorial coordinator in support of the implementation of local energy policies for the benefit of small and medium municipalities. These guidelines will be included in the "recommendations" that the project must produce with the aim of being integrated into the EUSALP’s strategies.