PentaHelix project aims to empower local and regional authorities to find innovative and cost effective approaches to develop, finance, implement and improve sustainable energy and climate action plans (SECAP) that contribute to reaching national and European climate and energy goals and policies. The main objective is to develop an innovative pentahelix based method and use this to engage and support authorities on multiple levels together with other key stakeholders in different sectors for increased SECAP development and implementation. PentaHelix stands for integrated development and focuses on five different stakeholder groups:
Public authorities (local, regional, national and international)
Industry (and businesses such as SMEs, farmers, trade etc)
Academia (research and educational institutes)
NGOs (associations, interest organisations, etc)
Citizens (house owners, car owners, commuters etc).
The public sector is an important driving force in supporting a market transformation to the circular green economy. One of the key challenges remains in linking up public bodies at a national, regional and local level through effective multi-level governance to realize an energy transition driven from the local level with concerted planning and implementation of energy projects, as well as in achieving a coherent transformation of the energy system capitalizing on synergies and economies of scale (Riedel et al. 2016).
In this project the PentaHelix approach will be tested on 8 pilot municipalities and replicated in many more while the obtained results and findings will be disseminated to key target groups throughout Europe. Task forces with representatives from each of the five pillars, will be established in each partner country. These task forces will cooperate closely with the regional authorities to evaluate, develop and implement climate and energy actions both during and after the project period. In cooperation with the Climate Action Network and EBN innovation network, the partner regions will ensure that the PentaHelix method and results will be disseminated throughout Europe.