CoME EASY elaborates synergies between EU initiatives focusing on energy and climate in order to support public local authorities for the achievement of their 2030 targets.
It can be difficult for Local authorities, due to the number of initiatives dedicated to help them reaching Climate and energy Targets developed at EU level, to cope with the different standards and tools developed. The CoME EASY project (Syncronising European Energy Award (EEA) to CoM and other EU initiatives about energy and climate policies to accompany more and more tuned municipalities in their 2030 performance) is being developed in the framework of the European Energy Award initiative: a support for local authorities in establishing interdisciplinary planning approaches and implementing effective energy and climate policy measures through the rational use of energy and increased use of renewable energies. CoME EASY’s overall objective is to promote, facilitate and extend the engagement of local public authorities in setting up and implementing sustainable and effective energy efficiency and climate action plans (SECAPS) according to EU targets by applying a combination of synergistic supportive tools and initiatives.
What’s the objective of the Project?
There is a multiplicity of internationally approved and experienced initiatives supporting local authorities, that often overlap. The project therefore aims at bringing together the most popular, suitable and compatible initiatives in order to enhance synergies, overcome barriers and create an all-inclusive, comprehensive, user-friendly and effective open support package. Through this process, the goal is also to simplify and strenghten the possibilities for municipalities to go further in their committments towards EU Targets. This should ensure a monitored and effective implementation of the actions plans developed at the local level, and facilitate multi-commitment.
In the end, the European Energy Award’s tools and procedure will meet the requirements of other important initiatives such as: the Covenant of Mayors, the standards ISO 50’001 and ISO 37’120 or the Smart Cities and Communities program.
The project focuses on 3 main goals:
How does it work?
A pilot test will be carried out, focusing on gathering experiences from municipalities on their establishment of SECAPS, the use of Key Indicator Performances in establishing new goals, or the developement of Energy and Management Systems. Contributions and feedbacks from municipalities will be collected by Ambassador and experience advisors, in order to create a package gathering all those experiences. All interested municipalities in participating countries will be able to access this package to implement, disseminate and develop it further in their practice. This initiative should be constructed on a wide scale, paving the way for an enlarged use of those tools and procedures: at least 95 municipalities will be supported with 6 million inhabitants, while the capacity building action will involve 150 advisors, 300 municipal staff and more than 500 stakeholders.
What are the tools developed?
CoME EASY tools have been developed, building upon the identified compatibilities and mutually reinforcing merits of various energy and climate policy management initiatives:
The project will last from May 2018 until April 2021. It is implemented by an international consortium, consisting of partners from seven European countries: Luxembourg, Austria, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, France & Italy. It his financed under the Horizon2020 Program, for a total of €1907 768,75.