With the involvement of the city stakeholders and the technical support of EPTA Environmental Consultants Engineers “the Sustainable Energy Action Plan” of the City of Megara was completed and submitted to the Office of the Covenant of Mayors, with the aim to reduce CO2 emissions by almost 36% within the limits of the municipality in 2020.

According to the Basic Emission Inventory, in Megara, with reference year 2009, a total of 259,004 tonnes of CO2 was emitted, of which approximately 4% from municipal buildings, vehicles and street lighting, 45% from the residential sector, 29% from the tertiary sector (except industry) and 22% from private vehicles (local and urban road network). In the “Sustainable Energy Action Plan” the municipality describes the actions it plans to take to improve the energy efficiency of its operations, the mobilization of civil society, time programming and methods of financing energy efficiency proposals and ways of monitoring the objectives set.

Municipality of Megara, following the vision outlined in the Action Plan is already progressing in implementing the measures set out in it. Thus, funding proposals have been submitted to NSRF regarding energy renovation of municipal buildings and actions of information / public awareness on energy saving have been initiated.

The specific objectives of the City ask for the reduction of CO2 emissions from municipal buildings by 9%, of municipal vehicles by 36%, of road lighting by 48%, of buildings in the residential and tertiary sector by 13%, of private transport by 7% while it is expected that offsetting CO2 emissions by investing in renewable energy will contribute as much as 76% to the total reduction target. Achieving reduction of global emissions by 36% is expected to provide direct economic benefits to the municipality and citizens through saving energy resources as well as environmental benefits related to pursuing the sustainable development goals of the city.

Covenant of Mayors (www.eumayors.eu) is an initiative already signed by more than 4,600 municipalities across Europe (the 101 from Greece) and seeks the active participation of local authorities in achieving the objectives EU “20-20-20″ by 2020: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% compared to 1990 levels, increasing to 20% the use of renewables in total energy production and reduce energy consumption by 20% through improving energy efficiency.

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