As a result of the SEAP-PLUS project, co-funded by the “Intelligent Energy Europe” programme of the European Commission, eighty one (81) municipalities across Europe in total have adhered to the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) initiative, voluntarily committing to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction target by 2020. These new Covenant signatories include municipalities in Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Over 60 of these municipalities are also receiving extensive technical support from SEAP-PLUS for the development and implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). These Action Plans define the activities and measures a municipality intends to implement in order to achieve its CO2 reduction target, together with time frames and assigned responsibilities.
EPTA as a key partner of the SEAP-PLUS project, in collaboration with TCG (coordinator), provides technical help to Greek Municipalities supported by SEAP-PLUS. To date, 4 teleconferences, two roundtables and numerous bilateral meetings have been organised. As a result, three (3) Greek municipalities have successfully developed and submitted SEAPs.
The SEAPs of the Municipalities of Tanagra, Farsala and Penteli are available to download at the Covenant of Mayors website. EPTA will continue to provide technical support to municipalities supported by the project for the preparation of more and better SEAPs.
SEAP-PLUS National Final Events are scheduled to take place in each participating country. The events will present the SEAP-PLUS achievements, as well as other topics, such as future developments in European energy and climate change legislation, regional and national policies that support SEAP measures’ implementation, and funding opportunities related to CoM. Local authorities, regional authorities and energy stakeholders, regional and national decision makers are all invited to participate. In Greece, the SEAP-PLUS National Event will take place in Athens on the 12th and 13th of June 2014, at the Eugenides Foundation (Siggrou Avenue 387, Paleo Faliro).