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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 public 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 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:

1) The action plan must be approved by the Municipal Council or equivalent body.

2) The action plan must clearly specify the Covenant mitigation (i.e. at least 40% CO2 reduction by 2030) and adaptation commitments.

3) The action plan must be based on the results of a comprehensive Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI) and Climate Risk & Vulnerability Assessment(s).

4) For mitigation, the action plan must cover the key sectors of activity (Municipal, Tertiary, Residential and Transport).

    a) The Baseline Emission Inventory must cover at least three out of four key sectors.

    b) The mitigation actions must cover at least two out of four key sectors.

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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 indicative timeframe for SEAP/SECAP analysis is six 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 action plans, a grouped analysis can be carried out by the JRC in order to provide a faster feedback. If your province/region has developed a common approach to assist signatories with their action plans you are kindly invited to contact the JRC:  jrc-com-technical-helpdesk[at]ec.europa.eu (more information here).

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