Frequently Asked Questions

The signatories of the former Covenant of Mayors, which focused solely on energy and climate change mitigation, have committed to prepare and implement a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) by 2020. The signatories of the new Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy now commit to prepare and implement a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP), covering both climate change mitigation and adaptation, by 2030. 

The elaboration of a SECAP is not subject to any regulatory obligation but the signatory cities are invited to elaborate it and deposit it on the platform of the Covenant of Mayors and to monitor it during its implementation.

Although there is more than one reason why municipalities should implement an energy management system, the following are the most popular arguments:

To define a clear and adequate internal organisation with an unambiguous division of roles and responsibilities with regard to the energy management of the municipality.
Have a clear understanding of the municipality’s energy consumption and the opportunities for improvement that could realistically be achieved.
Reduce energy consumption and lower energy costs in order to manage resources more efficiently and in line with legislative requirements.

The main target of the project is to empower 88 municipalities in their climate action through the implementation of a SECAP as well as an EnMS. The idea is to enable municipalities to take ownership of the climate actions they implement. 


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Life funding instrument for the environment and climate action under grant agreement no 101077109. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the OwnYourSECAP project and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union.

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