Twinning

Biofuel Cities Partnership offered its expertise to promote and help local authorities to engage in city-to-city exchange on the topic of biofuels for transportation.


Why twinning?

Peer-to-peer exchange makes local governments more effective by learning from the experiences of others and become stronger through exchange and exploration of potential solutions. Increase motivation to succeed by joining forces with one another and through concerted efforts, influence others.

The Biofuel Cities European Partnership supported local authorities wishing to initiate twinning cooperation in the area of biofuels for transport, by facilitating contact, for example, by inviting them to relevant project's events, or comparing needs and identifying available expertise. Furthermore, the activities of local authorities involved in biofuels-twinning were promoted and disseminated extensively through various European channels.

 

Benefits

For local authorities with limited experience with biofuels:

  • Gained visibility for their local authority and shared its specific interests and requirements through twinning opportunities, using the Biofuel Cities website, newsletters, etc.
  • Acquired first hand knowledge and information on experiences from the local authorities more advanced in biofuels for transport and learned from their good examples.
  • Gained an insight from advanced cities into the process - how to take first steps, how to avoid repeating mistakes and how to identify problems or opportunities early on.
  • Involved local stakeholders in the twinning process, e.g. via Local Agenda 21 to broaden local involvement and consensus building.

 
For experienced local authorities:

  • Promoted their exemplary activities as a leading community, using the Biofuel Cities website, newsletter, etc.
  • Used the opportunity to compare and analyse actions, and identify good examples that can be replicated elsewhere, working with partners ways to further improve biofuels for transport.
  • Found local authorities that were interested in learning from their experiences and expertise, helping guide the European development process.
  • Involved local stakeholders in the twinning cooperation, improving their involvement in local projects and identifying new chances for cooperation and action.