The Municipality of Igoumenitsa located in the Epiros Prefecture, has successfully developed a Sustainable Energy & Climate Action Plan (SECAP) within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors Initiative. EPTA S.A. has technically supported the Municipality to compile the SECAP and to choose the appropriate measures to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% until the year 2030.
According to the Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI), in 2012, 196.983 tonnes of CO2 were emitted within Igoumenitsa from municipal activities, agricultural, industrial, residential and tertiary sectors and private transportation. Approximately 32% of the emissions came from the residential sector, 5% from the agricultural sector, 4% from the industrial sector, 23% from the tertiary sector, 29% from private road transportation and 7% from municipal buildings, vehicles and road lighting.
The SECAP proposed measures and activities to be implemented in different sectors:
1. Municipal buildings
2. Buildings of the residential and tertiary sectors
3. Road lighting
4. Municipal vehicles
5. Private vehicles
The Municipality has already started to implement measures for improving its energy efficiency such as the installation of photovoltaics on the rooftop of a public school and upgrading the energy efficiency of two (2) public school buildings and that of the public sports complex. Additionally, the Municipality has carried out an extended improvement of the walking and cycling infrastructure in the city center, while in due time the research for the city lighting will be completed, as part of the European programs INTERREG and ELENA, which will lead to the upgrade of the Municipality’s public lighting.
The implementation of the actions proposed in the SECAP will help the Municipality of Igoumenitsa to reduce its carbon emissions and at the same time act as a role model for the citizens (residential and tertiary sectors) and for the agricultural and industrial sectors as well. Who in turn will start investing in similar energy efficiency solutions and the installation of Renewable Energy Systems.