Friday 2nd April 2021
CALVIÀ CHOSEN PILOT MUNICIPALITY FOR THE EUROPEAN MICAT PROJECT
It is about the implementation of a calculation tool to analyse the impacts and benefits of the measures adopted in the field of energy efficiency and climate change
Calvià is one of the three municipalities that have been selected by the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) to participate as a pilot municipality in the European research and innovation project MICAT- Multiple Impacts Calculation Tool, which is financed with 2 million euros through the Horizonte 2020 programme, the largest research and innovation programme developed in the European Commission, with a budget of about 80.000 million euros.
ICLEI is a 'Local Governments for Sustainability' organisation, a global network of more than 1.750 European regional and local governments committed to sustainable development.
The project consists of developing, in a collaborative way and through a comprehensive approach, an easy-to-use online tool to determine the multiple impacts and benefits of the policies and measures that are being adopted in terms of energy efficiency and climate change. Calvià will participate in the development and testing of this instrument to calculate this impact at all levels of governance (local, national and European), which can be consulted free of charge to help governments and all interested parties to better assess the various policies and impact hypotheses, while Calvià will also benefit from the tool as part of its climate planning and energy efficiency processes.
The Deputy Mayor for Environment and Ecological Transition, Rafel Sedano, highlights Calvià's commitment to sustainability and the fight against climate change with advances that have been implemented in the municipality such as the approval of the Action Plan for Sustainable energy and Climate, and the development of the Strategic Plan for the Galatzó estate, amongst others, adding that «Without a doubt, the participation of the municipality of Calvià in this European project will serve to meet the main requirements stated in the European Union's Next Generation funds, and to promote research and innovation, facilitate fair climate and digital transitions, promote the fight against climate change at the local level and favour the biodiversity protection».
Along with Calvià, the ambition and enthusiasm transmitted by the candidacy was highlighted, the municipalities of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country) and Tartu (Estonia) were selected, in addition, several think tanks, international leading sustainability, climate change, renewable energies and energy transition research centres such as Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Germany), Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP-Holland), Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Germany) WiseEuropa Institute (Poland), The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA-Austria), and innovative companies such as E3 Modelling (Greece), participate in the project.