Working with other initiatives or projects
Energee-watch is the European Network of Regional GHG Emissions and Energy Watch, with the aim of standardising data at a European Level, enabling comparisons across European territories to be made and for European-wide methodologies to be established.To date, many observatories in Europe are built on air quality observation, with the structures governed by a local consortium and financially supported by public authorities. Furthermore, the methodologies used to observe GHG emissions are based on International standards (IPCC and Corinair) and national methodologies, rather than European-wide methods. The observatories identified through the Energee-Watch network so far have expressed the need for further standardisation amongst observatories, in order to enable comparisons between territories and European methodologies to be established.
The MESHARTILITY (Measure and share data with utilities for the Covenant of Mayors) project aims at the development of solutions and tools facilitating exchange of energy data between energy utilities and local authorities that are busy assessing local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and planning action to address this through energy savings, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. These solutions and tools will help cities, who are signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, to develop their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). Energy data issues to be explored:
- data ”ownership”
- access to date
- quality of data
- regular update of data
- approach (if any) to top-down and bottom-up data correlation
SEAP-PLUS assists and contributes in the successful implementation of the Covenant of Mayors by:
. Promoting and obtaining the adhesion of more Local and Regional Authorities to the Covenant of Mayors – as Signatories and Supporting Structures respectively
. Helping in the submission of more and better Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP)
- Facilitating collaboration among Local Governments, Regional Governments and Energy Stakeholders
- Supporting direct knowledge transfer between “experienced” and “learning” Regional Stakeholders
- Helping in the integration of SEAP in regional policies
- Promoting understanding and use of European policies and funding instruments and programmes like ELENA, IEE, JESSICA, Structural Funds, etc by Local Governments
- Reaching out and informing as many Local, Regional, National and European Stakeholders as possible
The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020.
The European Commission defines “Covenant Coordinators” as those public administrations which provide strategic guidance, financial and technical support to municipalities signing up to the Covenant of Mayors but lacking necessary skills and/or resources to fulfil their requirements. The Commission distinguishes between Territorial Coordinators, which are sub-national decentralized authorities – including provinces, regions and public groupings of municipalities – and National Coordinators, which are national public bodies – including national energy agencies and ministry of energy.