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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

All submitted documents (i.e. template and document) are forwarded to the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), in charge of their eligibility and data coherence checks. After the check, the Joint Research Centre will provide a Feedback report where recommendations are provided to further strengthening the action plan, which can include recommendation on actions and data strength.

The assessment procedure is mainly based on the description encoded in the SEAP/SECAP 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 SEAP/SECAP must be approved by an official body (in principle the municipal council)
  • The SEAP/SECAP must contain a clear reference to the Signatories' commitments (at least 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020 for SEAPs / at least 40% CO2 reduction objective for 2030 & adaptation for SECAPs)
  • The SEAP/SECAP must include the main results of the BEI (covering at least 3 out of 4 key sectors*); the SECAP must also include the main results of the Risk and vulnerability Assessment(s)
  • The SEAP/SECAP must include a credible set of actions (covering at least 2 out of 4 key sectors* for the mitigation actions)

* Key sectors: Municipal, Residential, Tertiary, Transport (as defined in the SEAP Guidebook | for mitigation actions only). 

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The Covenant signatory will be contacted if the online template or SEAP is deemed incomplete/inconsistent or if any additional information is needed. After validation, highlights of the collected information (i.e. major outcomes of the BEI and key actions of the SEAP) will be shown on the Covenant of Mayors website, under the Catalogue of Sustainable Energy Action Plans.

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Note:

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

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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