ABOUT ENERGY FOR MAYORS

The aim of the ENERGY FOR MAYORS project was to contribute to the achievement of the EU climate and energy goals by supporting implementation of the Covenant of Mayors - European movement engaging cities and towns in sustanable energy action. The consortium focused on four main areas of work:

  • strengthening the role and capacity of Covenant Coordinators and Supporters to enable them to  better support local authorities that signed the Covenant in fulfilling their committments, i.e. in compiling Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI), development and implementation of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), engaging civil society, mobilizing funding, etc.,
  • assisting in the development and implementation of SEAPs in selected municipalities from 7 European countries;
  • monitoring SEAP implementation and its results,as well as improving the efficiency of energy management in selected municipalities from 7 European countries;
  • increasing the number of Covenant Coordinators and Supporters that can assist Covenant signatories in meeting their ambitious targets.
energy for mayors project consortium
ENERGY FOR MAYORS project consortium

The ENERGY FOR MAYORS project was based on a consideration that Covenant Coordinators (CC) and Supporters (CS) play vital role in the Covenant of Mayors implementation but they need guidance and resources in order to be successful and effectively support Covenant signatories, in particular small and medium municipalities who lack necessary capacities to fulfill commitments undertaken by signing the Covenant. The project strengthened CC&CS and increased their capacity through organization of focused training seminars and workshops, development of a Toolbox of Methodologies on Climate and Energy centralizing available and useful resources, as well as through exchange of experience and networking.

Within the framework of the ENERGY FOR MAYORS project also municipalities were supported. Project partners, who are Covenant Coordinators or Supporters themselves, assisted over 80 municipalities in the development and implementation of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and in involving citizens and local stakeholders in the process. Many more municipalities benefited from the capacity building activities and exchange of experience organized by the project partners.

Additionally, the ENERGY FOR MAYORS project tested the possibility of developing a SEAP together with an Energy Management System (EnMS) according to the new ISO 50001 standard in selected pilot municipalities. The intention of this activity was to set up a standard for a monitoring system for SEAPs and contributing to the structuring of internal and external communication.