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11 August 2015

50000&1SEAPS launches call for participation in coaching scheme

Municipalities, regions, Covenant of Mayors supporters and coordinators, and public and private stakeholders are being invited to take part in a coaching scheme run by the 50000&1SEAPs project. The coaching scheme, along with a tailor-made programme on integrating Energy Management Systems (EnMS) and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) according the ISO 50001 energy management standard, will help municipalities achieve high-quality energy policy and planning for the long-term. Participants will be able to use tools and methodologies made available by the project, as well as receiving two days of training.

An open training session was already held during EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels (Belgium) on 15 June 2015, which aimed to support local and regional authorities interested in learning more on how EnMS and SEAPs can be integrated. The workshop focused on practical steps and exchange of best practice and tools by experienced actors. The presentations and materials presented at the training session can be viewed online.

The 50000&1SEAPs approach has a range of benefits, as it helps participants to develop policies for more efficient energy use, fix targets and objectives to carry out these policies, and identify corrective measures and potential improvements for SEAP planning. The project particularly encourages participation from new and Mediterranean EU Member States in the coaching scheme.

For more information on joining the coaching scheme, click here or contact

10 August 2015

Heat maps provide advice for European energy policy

The EU-funded STRATEGO project has published the Pan-European Thermal Atlas (PETA), an interactive map that shows data on the thermal resources available in any region as well as EU-wide thermal demand. PETA maps heat and cooling demand, the local density of both demands, available waste heat resources and the potential for renewable energy sources. Using the information provided by STRATEGO, national governments will be able to implement National Cooling and Heating Plans (NCHPs) more efficiently. NCHPs are required under Article 14 of the European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Directive.

Using the PETA results, maps of five EU member states have been created to support their governments in improving the efficiency of their energy systems. The maps show demand for heating and cooling in urban areas in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, and the United Kingdom, which vary greatly in population, climate, resources, and energy supply. Accompanying reports give information on hourly patterns of demand and supply, the current state of play, and future developments in demand.

The maps and other results produced by the project quantify the impact of a number of energy efficiency measures implemented in the five countries. The results indicate that by collectively investing approximately € 1.1 trillion in energy efficiency measures from 2010 to 2050, the five countries will reduce total annual energy costs by an average of around 15 percent.

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