Newsletter n°2 - July 2018
Introducing the Compete4SECAP Project
The C4S project promotes the adoption of standardized energy management systems (EnMS) in municipalities through the coordination of national competitions and peer-to-peer exchanges which steer the attention and involvement of local to national authorities in 8 European countries. The project also helps facilitate the upgrade of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP) into SECAPs (which also emphasise Climate Action), as per new planning approaches promoted by the Covenant of Mayors.


Recruiting the C4S cities

In this first project phase, municipalities in the target countries were given the opportunity to join the project. We now can boast having on board 29 forward-thinking local authorities and an additional 4 front-running agglomerations of municipalities. Each C4S national partner has already begun active work to help up to 4 target cities per country to each implement EnMS and take part in the C4S energy management competition.

Information is also being gathered from them about the obstacles and drivers they experience for developing, implementing and upgrading SEAPs and SECAPs in each city. This is being done in parallel to developing the C4S energy management guidelines, which will soon be available to help all cities interested in developing their own EnMS.
Do you have interest in how to develop and implement EnMS? Do you want to upgrade from a SEAP to a SECAP? Are you part of our eight C4S countries above, or from a similar/nearby one? If you said yes to any, then we invite you to please:
  1. Check-out the project website and sign-up to our mailing list
  2. Answer our SEAPs/SECAPs evaluation survey for cities not already in C4S

Upcoming competition

One of the pillars of the C4S project is the energy-saving competition happening in each target country. We aim to trigger deeper involvement and engagement on the actual implementation of SECAPs and EnMS. The competition will start in January 2019, and one year later three separate awards will be identified and handed out in the following categories for C4S cities:
  • Highest energy savings by participating municipal buildings, in each target country
  • Most successful implementation of an EnMS in participating cities
  • Best country for overall energy savings

Peer-to-peer training

Padova and Montecchio Maggiore show the way
In May, C4S partner SOGESCA hosted the whole consortium in Padova for the second project meeting to discuss upcoming activities in C4S. The definite highlight of the three-day session was the final day’s peer-to-peer meeting which included numerous local-level stakeholders from all across Europe.  All 10 project partners as well as representatives of 21 local authorities from eight European countries converged in nearby Montecchio Maggiore for a full-day training and P2P discussion event focused on effectively implementing EnMS in the real world and bringing SECAPs to life.

Upcoming: The next peer-to-peer meeting will take place in France in November 2018.

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Project coordinator: Ekodoma -
Communication Contact: ICLEI -

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 754162.

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