Over 5700 municipalities representing more than 185 million inhabitants have signed the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) as of May 2014, committing to developing and advancing a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP). However, to advance their SEAPs, local government staff needs support and training. MAYORS in ACTION aims to help Coordinators and Supporters (C&S) of the Covenant of Mayors in assisting their municipalities by offering them targeted trainings, tutoring and coaching schemes.
A tailor-made twinning programme on strategies for evaluation of SEAPs, including methodologies for implementation, information on financial opportunities, and how to improve communication and support with municipalities, will be held for C&S. A wide selection of tools will also be made available on the project website.
In addition, national trainings for C&S will take place in Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Poland, and Spain. Selected C&S can benefit by participating in an international coaching and peer-review schemes with partners in the consortium. Priority will be given to C&S currently supporting implementation and monitoring SEAPs outside of the above target countries.
For more information, visit the Mayors in Action website.
The role of local and regional authorities in supporting community-led Renewable Energy projects will form the focus of the 16th Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) meeting, taking place in Brussels (Belgium) on 25 November 2014. Hosted by the Common Representation of the Alpeuregio (comprising the regions of Tyrol, South Tyrol, and Trentino in Italy), the half-day event will see speakers and participants discuss challenges and barriers, as well as share success stories, in the ongoing transition to renewably sourced energy at the local level.
The potential benefits of community energy in relation to energy security will be discussed. The EU internal energy market will also be addressed. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director of the Internal Energy Market unit, DG Energy, will deliver the keynote address, while Tom Jones, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, will provide insight into civil society’s increasingly important role in energy generation.
B@S are small, informal meetings that address topics of sustainable urban development from a local angle. Financing and implementation form core elements of the meetings. Registration is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, download the programme.