On April 11th - 12th, the kick off meeting of the Intelligent Energy Project SEAP-PLUS was organized in Athens by the two Greek partners (Technical Chamber of Greece, www.tee.gr, and EPTA SA). SEAP-PLUS aims at the enhancement of the CoM results and impact in both quantitative and qualitative terms: bring more Signatories and Covenant Supporters or Coordinators in CoM, assist and help them in the preparation of more and better SEAPs, but also trigger cooperation of Local Authorities with Regional Authorities and Energy Stakeholders and cooperation between experienced and learning CoM participants.
Six pairs of regional partners are created to facilitate direct transfer of knowledge and know-how from experienced partners to learning ones. The whole Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) preparation and implementation process will be assessed, in view of the specific partner conditions. In addition, collaboration with the respective Energy Stakeholders, for access to reliable and localized energy data, will be cultivated through specific actions.
Covenant of Mayors (CoM) holds a pivotal role in achieving the targets of 20-20-20 by 2020 set by the EU Climate Action and Energy Package. There are currently 3.843 signatories, 86 out of them Greek Cities. The SEAP is the tool used for energy planning and describes the actions that need to be taken for improving energy efficiency, promoting RES and Green Public Procurement and improving the energy behavior of citizens in order to reduce CO2 emissions.
Coordinating beneficiary of the project is the Technical Chamber of Greece. Associated beneficiaries are EPTA SA, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (European Secretariat), Diputaci de Barcelona, Municipality of Jokkmokk, Regional Energy Agency of Liguria, Black Sea Regional Agency for Energy Management, Romanian Municipalities Association, Cyprus Energy Agency, Climate Alliance of Austria, Latvian Environmental Investment Fund of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia, Local Energy Agency Pomurje and Local Energy Agency for Renewable Sources and Sustainable Development in the Province of Cosenza.