Local workshop on Climate, island cooperation between Öland and Gotland, Region Gotland, 8-9 June 2015

SMILEGOV Swedish cluster leaders, Öland and region Gotland, organised a two days local capacity-building workshop from 8-9 June 2015. The programme included a first day workshop focusing on the theme of biogas and the second day was dedicated to energy efficiency in buildings: How do we find climate-smart solutions for transport and buildings on our islands?

The road through the various decision processes in government and in business sometimes perceived as both a long and complicated in the realization of ideas and projects. The SMILEGOV  project objectives has been on finding good solutions and good examples of how cooperation between different actors can be promoted in order to build and implement sustainable energy projects on islands.

The 1st day began with a study visit to Brogas Biogas AB and to a refueling station for biogas in Visby. After lunch, the workshop began with Bertil Klintbom who made an initial description on how the Region Gotland worked with biogas development on the island and introduced the concept of MLG. Multilevel governance is a collective term for how to practically and effectively work together across administrative and thematic boundaries in order to implement energy projects.

Elvira Laneborg gave a brief outline of the project Smilegov and gave a picture of what applies to procure biogas. A film about how Öland works with energy-efficient transportation and made in the context of Smilegov was also watched.

Then, the participants were divided into three groups to discuss three areas: up / from idea to project, key mechanisms as well as procurement from the perspective of the opportunities, and barriers as well as others issues.

The second day started with a presentation of the work on energy efficiency in Gotland. The presentations were made by Anna Bäckstäde, climate- and energy adviser at Region Gotland and Johan Malmros, responsible for energy efficiency in buildings in the Region Gotland. The workshop was conducted under the Open Space - method. The group created the program together on a whiteboard. Three smaller groups were formed from ideas to develop the following areas:
• Methods for improving energy efficiency in the public sector

• Energy production

• Motivation and inspiration for energy efficiency

Study visits were performed to a school where energy efficiency was successfully implemented in an EPC project, an apartment house built accordingly to the passive house standard as well as a sports hall under construction with several innovative energy solutions.