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Joint Sustainable Energy Action Plan: How to bundle efforts?
Neighbouring {{small and medium-sized local authorities}} committed to the Covenant of Mayors are given the opportunity to submit a joint Sustainable Energy Action Plan. This solution, which has already been considered by a couple of French and Spanish municipalities, aims to foster {{institutional cooperation}} and {{joint approaches}} between local authorities operating in the same territorial area.

Municipalities having decided to pool resources and join forces with neighbouring signatories can do so according to two different options:

  • 1) Option 1 - Individual CO2 reduction commitment: each signatory of the group individually commits to reducing CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020 and is thus required to complete its own SEAP template, the key data of which will be published in each signatory’s individual profile. Only the SEAP document is common to all signatories. Comprehensive information about this process is described in the SEAP guidebook available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.
  • 2) Option 2 - Shared CO2 reduction commitment: the group of signatories collectively commits to reducing CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020. In this particular case, only a single, common SEAP template is to be filled-in by the group of signatories, which are listed under a shared online profile. This option is particularly relevant for smaller municipalities with limited capacities to comply with the covenant requirements. Additional information is to be found in Addendum 1 to the SEAP Guidebook.

In both cases, the group of signatories is strongly encouraged to appoint a body/authority responsible for coordinating the SEAP development and implementation process. The Covenant of Mayors Office (CoMO) recommends delegating this responsibility to the relevant Covenant Territorial Coordinator, if any. Other possibilities include the appointment of the most active / advanced municipality among the group or the agglomeration in the case of urban areas.

As a bottom-up initiative, the Covenant of Mayors evolves on the basis of feedback and recommendations from its signatories. The introduction of these two options is a concrete demonstration of this concern, as it intends to align the SEAP development process with the needs expressed by local authorities.

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