Addendum 1 to the SEAP Guidebook: Joint SEAP Option 2

Policies and Targets
Urban Areas

Since the official launch of the Covenant of Mayors in 2008, a high number of small local authorities have joined the initiative. These small signatories have to make a significant effort in complying with the Covenant requirements for developing and submitting their own Sustainable Energy Action Plan
(SEAP) within the year following their adhesion. In some cases, they face the problem of lack of human and financial resources to achieve their goal. Moreover it has been recognised that on several occasions a joint approach to the issue of sustainability will allow achieving better results than an
isolated one, as in some circumstances opportunities for high-impact actions can be more easily identified within the administrative boundaries of an aggregation of neighbouring small local authorities.

For these reasons, should a group of adjoining Covenant of Mayors' municipalities sharing their territorial boundaries wish to associate and elaborate a single common SEAP, they are now allowed to do so. This new type of joint SEAP (so-called ‘option 2’) could be of great interest for:

  • a group of small- and medium-sized municipalities within the same territorial area (indicatively with less than 10,000 inhabitants each);
  • an urban agglomeration, like a metropolis with its suburbs.
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