Energy Cities (EC) is a management tool for municipalities, which was originated in Switzerland 25 years ago, encouraging the implementation of energy efficiency projects, renewable energy and sustainable mobility at local level through innovative models of collaboration and with the participation of authorities municipalities, the academy, the productive sector and civil society.
Swisscontact worked in particular on the third strategy action (measure) that was to improve capacity development and awareness in the 3 pilot cities (Pasto, Fusagasugá, Montería) and at the national level.
The Energy Cities (EC) Program was built upon local stakeholder’s engagement and participation. To make this process effective and reliable, a multi-dimensional capacity-building process was needed, with the objective to flatten knowledge across actors, enhance the capacity of local leaders, encourage active participation and raise awareness for the future development of the program in other cities in the country and in the public policy. It included training on the EEA/EC system, process and tools for both municipal leaders and advisors; technical knowledge and management capacity linked with (the quick-win) project design and implementation; communication and awareness raising; and setting up a national EC support and governance structure.