C4S eNews - February 2020

Save the date for the Compete4SECAP European Conference

The C4S final event Teaming up for transformation: improving municipal energy management for integrated climate action will take place in Berlin on 18 June 2020. At this event, representatives of municipalities and academia will discuss the crucial role of local authorities in improving energy efficiency.

The event will be followed by an award ceremony, where winners of the project’s 2019 energy saving competition for local authorities and their employees will be recognised for their the creative and engaging campaigns.

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Fact sheets to guide local authorities on financing opportunities

As a holiday present, Compete4SECAP released ten fact sheets on financing opportunities to offer useful guidance to local authorities exploring and understanding options available to them beyond standard municipal budgets. Each fact sheet highlights specific cases which have successfully applied some of the most relevant, replicable and innovative financing mechanisms available on:
1. Soft loans
2. European Investment Bank funds
3. European Union grant schemes and special funds (Cohesion Fund, European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund)
4. LIFE and Horizon2020 funding programmes     

5. Energy performance contracting
6. Corporate social responsibility
7. Energy cooperatives
8. Crowd-funding and microloans
9. On-bill financing
10. Revolving loans
Click here to get the factsheets in other languages and read more about other financing options available online

Don't miss the Compete4SECAP National Conferences

The dates and locations for the C4S National Conferences are out! Get more information about them here and stay tuned on the C4S website for registrations coming soon!
Croatia: 31 March 2020 - Zagreb
Cyprus: 11 March 2020 - Lefkosia
France: 28 January 2020 - Bordeaux
Germany: 6 May 2020 - Berlin
 Hungary: April 2020 - Budapest
Italy: 13 May 2020 - Padova
Latvia: 10 March 2020 - Riga
Spain: 12 May 2020 - Murcia

Get ready to save some energy

More than 30 local authorities and their employees were part of the 2019 energy-saving competition. Throughout the year, staff from over 100 buildings worked together to organise the most creative and inspiring campaign promoting transformation in energy-use behaviour.

C4S supported the competition with training, campaign materials, an online tool for monitoring energy use, energy saving tips and advice on campaigning and creating behavioural change.
The campaign materials, including a starter pack and comprehensive Energy Saving Competition handbook, visual and technical materials, and information on the competition methodology of the competitions are now available online in English and in participants' national languages.
Read more and be part of the change
Need some Energy Tips?

During the2019 C4S competition, an energy tip was posted on the website every month, covering issues like heating, electricity use, office equipment, ventilation and cooling among others.  Check it out!

Trainer-to-trainer session held in Murcia

Compete4SECAP’s fifth peer-to-peer training session took place in November 2019 in the city of Murcia (Spain) where project partner Eurovertice is based. This session continued the focus on climate adaptation already begun in Bordeaux in 2018 and expanded on in Budapest earlier in 2019. This session focused in particular on the baseline analysis, i.e. Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, evaluating both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The overall objective of the P2P session was to help partners (and one guest from the municipality of Aguilas in Spain) to upgrade their SEAPs to SECAPs, including new mitigation and adaptation targets for 2030.

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Covenant of Mayors webinar explores integrating mitigation and adaptation

The Compete4SECAP project’s Quick Access Guide to upgrading from SEAP to SECAP was introduced in a webinar on integrating climate mitigation and adaptation held by the European Covenant of Mayors (CoM) in December 2019. Over 50 participants heard from the CoM, ICLEI – Local Governments of Sustainability (European Secretariat), the Regional Agency for Biodiversity in the Paris Region, Austrian green infrastructure consultancy Grünstattgrau, and the City of Ludwigsburg (Germany). The webinar was moderated by Arthur Hinsch of the CoM Office.

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