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Best practices and interim results from IEE-project SEAP-PLUS. Georg C. Priesner, Climate Alliance Austria Conference: „Meeting the energy grand challenge with the EU Budget“, Brussels, 27 June 2013. SEAP PLUS (IEE/11/978/SI2.615950) Overview. No. of partners: 13

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Best practices and interim results from iee project seap plus

Best practices and interim results from IEE-projectSEAP-PLUS

Georg C. Priesner, Climate Alliance Austria

Conference: „Meeting the energy grand challenge with the EU Budget“, Brussels, 27 June 2013

Seap plus iee 11 978 si2 615950 overview
SEAP PLUS (IEE/11/978/SI2.615950) Overview

  • No. of partners: 13

  • Coordinator: Technical Chamber of Greece

  • Duration: 30 months (04/12 – 09/14)

  • Benefits: Cooperation at regional level

    Collaboration with energy utilities

    Support to local authorities

    Dissemination of CoM-topics

  • Major expected Adhesion of more CoM-Signatories

    outputs: Adhesion of more Supporting Structures

    Knowledge transfer through twinning partnerships

    Elimination of non-technical-barriers

    More emission sectors in a typical SEAP

    Access to reliable energy data

13 european project partners
13 European project partners




ICLEI Europe










Wp 2 twinning partnerships
WP 2: Twinning Partnerships

  • 6 twinning pairs of experienced – learning partners

  • Two rounds of twinning visits already completed (12 visits)

  • Third round now running

  • 36 visitsto take place in total

  • 3x6 roundtablesin the learning partners with 100 participants in total for all regions

  • 6 Memorandum of Understanding to be signed for long-term cooperation

  • 4 Learning partners to become CoM Supporting Structures => two already accepted













ICLEI Europe (DE)


ARE Lig (IT)


Lessons learnt challenges to face
Lessons learnt– Challenges to face

  • Familiarization is the key!

    • Need to obtain the background and specific information on the visiting regions – identify the differences; experience cannot be directly transferred from one country / region to another

  • Continuous capacity building is needed!

    • Importance of ensuring the capacity building activities after the end of the project => Memorandum of Understanding between partners is the answer

  • Energy data is a common problem

    • Need to engage energy providers and energy agencies, provide incentives, seek political support

  • Financing SEAPs

    • Identify financial mechanisms, experience transfer, seek for European and national funds. Work together

Wp 3 seap plus work towards energy stakeholders
WP 3: SEAP-PLUS worktowards energy stakeholders

Main targets:

  • Raising awareness and committing regional and local energy stakeholders

  • Memorandum of Cooperationwith energy stakeholders

  • Developing recommendations how to successfully involve energy stakeholders

Raising awareness and committing regional stakeholders
Raising awareness andcommitting regional stakeholders

  • A data base of arround 950 energy stakeholders from has been built up

  • Energy stakeholders receive regular information about CoM, SEAP implementation work, best practices via newsletters and personal contacts

  • 80 bilateral meetings with energy stakeholders in all project regions

  • 8 energy stakeholder workshops were organised (200 participants)

    Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with energy stakeholders

  • A common MoC basic text was developed by SEAP-PLUS project team

  • 7 MoCswith energy stakeholders were signed in Latvia and Sweden

    • access for municipalities to reliable energy data

    • cooperation regarding research and data analysis

    • cooperation on monitoring and improvement of data quality

Wp 4 challenges of local governments lg mobilisation assistance
WP 4: Challenges of Local Governments‘ (LG) mobilisation & assistance

  • Motivate – European sustainable energy policies and initiatives vs. national framework conditions

  • Explain – funding opportunities to CoM signatories vs. limited staff capacity and varying application procedures

  • Provide – guidance to technical staff within the SEAP process vs. need of interdepartmental involvement

  • Facilitate – cooperation between LG and energy provider vs. potentially conflicting interests

  • Involve – all governmental levels and relevant energy stakeholders vs. need of different forms of involvement (information, consultation, cooperation)

Technical assistance to lgs
Technical assistance to LGs

Related performance and achievements:

  • 12 reports on technical help and SEAP PLUS promotion (1 per region) – pending

  • 65 SEAPs prepared and submitted as a result of SEAP PLUS – currently overachieved: 80 LGs receive SEAP support (70 SEAP development / 10 SEAP improvement)

  • 12 proposals in SEAP related funding mechanisms prepared and submitted– 1 done, 11 to go

  • 4 learning partners become CoM Supporter – 2 done, 2 to go

Climate alliance austria caa
Climate Alliance Austria (CAA)

  • Europe:

    • 1.660 cities and municipalities in 20 countries

  • Austria:

    • 940 cities and municipalities

    • All 9 regions in Austria

    • 780 private sector businesses

    • 360 schools and educational institutions

  • Central Aims:

    Think globally – act locally!

    All members of Climate Alliance Austria engage in:

    • minus 10% CO2 emissions every 5 years, reaching minus 50% emissions until 2030 per inhabitant (reference year 1990)

    • Support of indigenous partners in the Amazon: preservation of the rainforest and their lifestyle

Importance of iee programme for austrian municipalities and caa
Importance of IEE programme for Austrian municipalities and CAA

  • Bringing CoM topics directly to mayors and citizens - CoM Awareness Building and CoM Public Relations through events, presentations, websites, flyers and newsletters

  • Possibility of European cooperation between municipalities, towns, regions and organizations regarding EE and RES topics

  • Knowledge transfer and transfer of new methods and technologies through pilot projects which can be rolled out afterwards in the regions (twinning partnerships, best practices)

  • IEE as basis for installation of and development for a sustainable CAA CoM-Expertise. Positioning of CAA as CoM Competence Centre for IEE climate and energy topics for municipalities

  • Information and networkingfor municipalities

  • Method of cofinancing for EE and RES pilot projects

Concrete results from iee projects
Concrete resultsfrom IEE projects

  • PRO EE– Public Procurement boosts Energy EfficiencyManual for public procurement for Austrian municipalities

  • Come2CoM First Promotion of the CoM in Austria, first signatories

  • NET-COM – Networking the Covenant of Mayors Foundation of the Austrian Covenant Club, 6 NET-COM information and networking workshops, CAA becomes CoM supporting structure, adhesion of Vienna

  • 100% RES communities Bringing rural communities into the CoM, adhesion of group of municipalities (Waldviertler Kernland), twinning partnership between „experienced“ and „learning“ region

  • REPOWERMAPInteractive map for promoting the use of RES and EE, 800 Austrian installations registered