Alba Local Energy Agency’s priorities have driven the agency to set itself more ambitious sustainable energy goals for several Romanian municipalities.
Alba Local Energy Agency (ALEA)’s priorities, in line with the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy initiative, have driven the agency to set itself more ambitious goals such as engaging in its first actions toward the transformation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) into correspondent Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) for several Romanian municipalities.
In this context, 5 Romanian municipalities (Alba Iulia, Baia Mare, Oradea, Sebeș and Târgu Mureș) have already started working on the transformation of their SEAPs into SECAPs benefiting from the support given by ALEA in the framework of the SIMPLA (Sustainable Integrated Multi-Sector Planning – H2020) project.
As partner of the SIMPLA project, ALEA is engaged in leading the harmonization of strategic sustainable energy and mobility plans of several Romanian municipalities. Harmonization means working on complementary areas of sustainable energy plans and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), exploiting their synergies and thus enhancing their impact.
The harmonization process represents a great opportunity for the upcoming development of SECAPs, in which local authorities need to integrate climate adaptation and mitigation measures in their strategic energy planning. The harmonization process thus provides the ideal chance to update and revise planning tools, looking for connections and synergies in the light of a new set of objectives. At the same time, the transition to SECAP represents an opportunity to introduce harmonisation actions which have been identified as being necessary into the initial SEAPs.
For the last period of time, ALEA has been offering tailored technical advice to the Alba Iulia and Sebes municipalities for the elaboration of their climate change adaptation plans (as part of the SECAPs) alongside the harmonization process between their SECAPs and SUMPs – a novelty at national level.