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

How can a group of Covenant signatories submit a joint action plan?

A group of neighbouring local authorities joining the Covenant of Mayors and willing to elaborate a joint SEAP/SECAP is welcome to do so. The group can choose between the following two collaboration options:

●      Option 1:

○      Mitigation: Each signatory of the group individually commits to reducing CO2 emissions (SEAP). Because the emission reduction target remains an individual commitment, ALL signatories have to fill in their own SEAP/SECAP template, including their own CO2 / energy consumption data. CO2 emission reductions resulting from common actions identified in the joint SEAP/SECAP have to be shared among the signatories and accounted for in each SEAP/SECAP template, according to transparent rules described in the joint SEAP document. The joint SEAP/SECAP has to be approved by the municipal council (or equivalent decision-making body) of each municipality involved and uploaded by each of the local authorities onto their profile via ‘My Covenant’ (restricted area). The names of the local authorities that are covered by the SEAP/SECAP must be clearly indicated in the Action Plan. This type of joint SEAP/SECAP is described in the SEAP Guidebook (EN, DE, FR, IT & ES).

○      Adaptation (For SECAP only): Signatories can decide to prepare a Risk and Vulnerability Assessment and its corresponding actions jointly or individually

When joining as a group of municipalities with option 1, each municipality will register individually by filling in Local authority’s information & contact details, indicate it is a group of municipalities committing as a joint SEAP/SECAP option 1 by ticking the box in the online registration form and include the associated municipalities where required in the form.

●      Option 2:

○      Mitigation: the group of signatories collectively commits to reducing CO2 emissions. In this case, the emission reduction target is a commitment shared between the different authorities composing the group. Therefore, ONE single SEAP/SECAP template needs to be filled in by the group of Signatories. The joint Action Plan has to be approved by the municipal council (or equivalent decision-making body) of each involved Signatory and uploaded by the group onto a shared profile via ‘My Covenant’ (restricted area). The names of the local authorities that are covered by the SEAP/SECAP, as well as their level of contribution to the overall plan must be clearly indicated in the SEAP/SECAP document. This option aims at fostering inter-institutional co-operation by facilitating joint approaches with neighbouring authorities. It is particularly recommended to small- and medium-sized municipalities lacking human and/or financial resources as well as to municipalities within the same urban areas. More information on this can be found in the Addendum 1 to the SEAP Guidebook and the Quick Reference Guide - Joint Sustainable Energy Action Plan.

○      Adaptation (For SECAP only): Signatories can decide to prepare a Risk and Vulnerability Assessment and its corresponding actions jointly or individually

 When joining as a group of municipalities with option 2, only one profile must be set up. This joint profile must include all individual adhesion forms when registering the Local authority’s information & contact details online.  It shall furthermore be indicated that it is a group of municipalities committing as a joint SEAP/SECAP option 2 by ticking the box in the online form and include the associated municipalities where required in the form.

Summary table

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Covenant Step:

Option 1:

Option 2:

CO2 reduction target:

Individual target

Shared target

Adaptation measures

Jointly or Individual

Jointly or Individual

Submission of the SEAP/SECAP  template:

Individual

1 for the group

Submission of the SEAP/SECAP document:

             >> 1 joint SEAP/SECAP<<

Publication of the results

on the Covenant of Mayors website:

1 per Signatory

1 for the group

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Important:

In both cases, the ‘group of Signatories’ is strongly encouraged to appoint a body/authority responsible for coordinating the work throughout the SEAP/SECAP development and implementation process. It could be for example one of the most active / advanced municipality among the group, the agglomeration in case of urban areas, or the province / region acting as official Covenant Coordinator (see the list of Covenant Coordinators).

If you are interested in joining the Covenant of Mayors as a ‘group of Signatories’, please contact the Covenant of Mayors Office (info(at)eumayors.eu). The CoMO reserves the right to decline any application which would not comply with the eligibility criteria defined in the Addendum 1 to the SEAP Guidebook (e.g. for option 2: the group must be composed of small- and medium-sized municipalities within the same territorial area, indicatively with less than 10,000 inhabitants each).

Download the adhesion form:

●      Group of signatories - option 1

●      Group of signatories - option 2

The adhesion form must be signed by all local authorities involved in the group, after official approval by their respective municipal councils.

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