The project " Empowering local public authorities to build integrated sustainable energy strategies” - Empowering, total value of 1.497.003, 75 EUR was approved for financing within Horizon 2020, Call: H2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake at the end of October 2015 with coordinating Beneficiary Sviluppo Marche SpA and 7 Associated Beneficiaries from Spain, Romania, Sweden, Hungary, Greece and Croatia. IDA's contribution in the mentioned overall budget is of 128.375,00 EUR, which is entirely financed by the European Union. Start of the project has been foreseen within February 2016. with the duration of 36 months.

EMPOWERING contributes to the shift of 6 EU regions toward low-carbon society by enhancing the capacities of municipalities and regional representatives to shape integrated energy strategies and plans. The project contributes to bridge the gap of skills needed to plan energy measures in the new 2030 framework for Climate and Energy Policy in terms of GHG emission reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The improved knowledge and competences of local authorities are put into practice during the adoption of new SEAPs and in the upgrading of the existing ones, while regional authorities are supported in shaping regional energy vision to 2050 highlighting the main energy challenges and identifying possible financial strategic actions to be implemented. The project is built on a solid and innovative strategic planning methodology which has a high replicability potential, strengthening the European added value of the project. This process is triggered by the cooperation of a comprehensive partnership, which involves technical-scientific partners and regional development agencies, creating the conditions to achieve project’s objectives.