To date, most municipalities develop their SECAPs with the help of consultants, and municipal staff are often not directly involved in the plan development process. As a result, municipalities do not feel that they « own » the plan,, influencing the subsequent implementation of the measures included in the Energy and Climate Action Plan. There are a number of experienced municipalities in the field of energy and climate planning, but their number is too small and more efforts are needed to bring other municipalities, in particular small and medium-sized municipalities, up to the same level.
The OwnYourSECAP project therefore aims to provide the necessary support and tools to municipalities in Europe to enable them to systematically plan and implement the measures included in their municipal energy and climate plans.
The purpose of this tool is to support the identification and evaluation of the different actions included in the energy and climate action plans of municipalities. By assessing and comparing the different measures, the municipality will be able to choose more easily which ones to start implementing.
In recent years, municipalities have been actively developing Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAP) or Climate Plans, which also include a section on climate change adaptation. Usually, this section provides information on the current situation and the sectors most threatened by climate risks. SECAP also includes the measures that the municipality has identified to increase the resilience and adaptation capacities of the municipality.
Within the OwnYourSECAP project, Ekodoma has extended the Energy Monitoring Platform (more about the platform: www.energoplanosana.lv and why we made it: https://energoplanosana.lv/en/par-platformu/) with a new module – Monitoring Climate Change Adaptation (hereafter – Climate Module) to enable municipalities to start and implement monitoring of climate indicators and adaptation actions.
This document provides general guidelines and main steps how to use Climate Module
The project OwnYourSECAP is aiming to support municipalities throughout Europe that are aiming to address climate mitigation, as well as policies and measures on climate adaption and energy poverty. To meet the EU’s ambitious target of carbon neutrality, as well as to increase a municipality’s resilience against the impacts of climate change, while tackling other issues of relevance (e.g., decreasing vulnerabilities/risks/hazards), it is essential to establish a sustainable energy and climate action plan (SECAP).
By encouraging the exchange of knowledge and lessons learned with experienced municipalities from the same countries, the project will help to identify common obstacles and provide support from the very beginning, thus avoid complications as well as maladaptation. As local authorities oversee the planning process themselves, the developed plans will feel as their own and will address what is relevant and aimed for, which strengthens local commitment and the prospect of successful and satisfactory implementation.
The purpose of this template is to provide a structured approach to define the selected SECAP measures in more detail, including quantitative objectives, responsibilities, indicators, etc.
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.