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New Horizon 2020 Compete4SECAP project supports Covenant cities in delivering their local action plans

Compete4SECAP (C4S) is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project involving Covenant supporter ICLEI Europe, which aims at supporting local authorities to put their existing Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) into action.

The project promotes the adoption of standardized energy management systems in municipalities through the coordination of national competitions and peer-to-peer exchanges, which has led the attention and involvement of local to national authorities in the focus countries Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Latvia and Spain. C4S also facilitates the upgrade of SEAPs into Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs), in order to accommodate the 2030 Covenant requirements. The project seeks to attract at least 32 local authorities from the 8 focus countries involved.

Each local authority participating in the C4S project will designate a local Energy Management Team to implement an Energy Management System (EMS) in public buildings and other municipal operations (public facilities, street lighting, municipal fleets). A national energy management group will also be created in each country, involving representatives from participating cities, as well as national policymakers, other stakeholders and C4S project partner active in that country.

Several Covenant cities are involved in the project: Osijek, Rijeka, Velika Gorica stript Zadar (Croatia); Agios Athanasios, Aradippou, Lakatamia stript Paralimni (Cyprus); Brest Metropole stript Lorient (La France); Greifswald (Germany); Caldogno, Rubano stript Udine (Italy); Kegums, Saldus stript Tukums (Latvia); Cieza, Murcia, Ceuta, and also the municipality of Las Torres de Cotillas (Spain).

In order to facilitate the involvement of cities and foster the implementation of project activities, and the competition between Energy Management Teams is organized to help promote an exchange of experiences. They will compete for the most efficient way of implementing an EnMS and reaching the highest level of energy savings. The success of each city will depend on how well they team up to work together towards common goals. The best teams will receive an award from the C4S project.

Find out more about the project on its website: www.compete4secap.eu

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