The Green Twinning project aims at strengthening the capacity of EU municipalities in institutionalising sustainable energy policies into their operations and in committing and fulfilling their Covenant of Mayors obligations. This is accomplished through training courses and twinning activities between “learning” municipalities from Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and experienced ones from Spain. “Learning from each other – working together and avoiding repetition of past errors” is the project concept.

The activities of the Green Twinning project include: thorough assessment of training needs of the participating “learning” municipalities regarding sustainable energy planning and implementation; development of detailed capacity building strategy and action plan addressing the specific training gaps of each “learning” municipality; organisation of capacity building activities on SEAP development and implementation such as training courses, helpdesk; conclusion of twinning agreements and organisation of twinning approaches (study visits, staff exchanges, mentoring etc.) between 10 “learning” municipalities and 10 “experienced” ones.

The project is carried out by a consortium of 10 partners (municipalities, associations/ networks of local authorities, agencies and consulting firms) from Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Spain. The project’s coordinator is the Regional Union of Municipalities of Attica (PEDA).

The project’s duration is 24 months, April 2012-March 2014. The project is supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.