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Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) / Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP)

What happens once the SEAP is submitted? - SEAP/SECAP assessment

Once your action plan is submitted via the online reporting platform ‘My Covenant’, all the key results of your action plan are automatically displayed in a graphical manner in your signatory profile in the Covenant website. Furthermore, if you choose, all your uploaded documents become available for download in your profile.

The action plan is afterwards submitted to an evaluation process carried out by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, which will check if the plan fulfils the eligibility and data coherence criteria and send you a feedback report.

The evaluation process is mainly based on the description encoded in the SEAP/SECAP online template. Therefore, all Covenant signatories should ensure that information filled in the template is well-consistent with their full SEAP/SECAP document.

The eligibility criteria are the following:

●      The Action Plan must be approved by an official body (in principle the municipal council);

●      The Action Plan must contain a clear reference to the CO2 reduction target (i.e. 20% by 2020 and/or 40% by 2030)

●      The Action Plan must include the main results of the Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI), covering at least 3 out of the  4 key sectors*;

●      The Action Plan must include the main results of the Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI), covering at least 3 out of the  4 key sectors*;

●      The action plan must include the main results of the Risk and Vulnerability Assessment(s) (For SECAP only);

●      The action plan must include a comprehensive set of actions covering at least 2 out of the 4 key sectors*.

* Key sectors for the mitigation part: Municipal buildings, Residential buildings, Tertiary buildings, Transport.

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The Covenant signatory will be contacted if the online template is deemed incomplete or if any additional information is needed.

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Note:

The expected timeframe for SEAP/SECAP analysis is between six and nine months.

For specific information on the assessment of your action plan the Joint Research Centre can be contacted via: jrc-com-technical-helpdesk[at]ec.europa.eu

In cases where a Covenant Coordinator is coordinating the SEAPs, a grouped analysis can be carried out by the JRC in order to provide a faster SEAP feedback. If your province/region has developed a common approach to assist signatories with their SEAPs, you are kindly invited to contact the JRC:  jrc-com-technical-helpdesk[at]ec.europa.eu (more information here).

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