How to develop a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) in the Eastern Partnership and Central Asian Cities ─ Guidebook Part 1

Irena Gabrielaitiene
Giulia Melica
Federica Paina
Paolo Zancanella
Strahil Panev
Paolo Bertoldi
Policies and Targets
Urban Areas

This Guidebook is tailored to the specific needs of the Eastern Partnership and central Asian countries, which are still recovering from economic reform. As such, various specific indicators were calculated for the 11 Newly Independent States and a Business as Usual scenario was developed projecting the growth of their economy, and the increase in CO2 emissions for 2020 as a result of a 'do nothing' stance in terms of policies and the environmental regulations scenario.
The current guidebook provides detailed step-by-step recommendations for the entire process of elaborating a local energy and climate strategy, from initial political commitment to implementation. It is divided into 3 parts:

  • Part I relates to the description of the overall SEAP process and covers the strategic issues;
  • Part II gives guidance on how to elaborate the Baseline Emission Inventory;
  • Part III is dedicated to the description of technical measures that can be implemented at local level by the local authority in the different sectors of activity;

The guidebook provides a flexible but coherent set of principles and recommendations. The flexibility will allow local authorities to develop a SEAP in a way that suits their own circumstances, permitting those already engaged in energy and climate action to come on board of the Covenant of Mayors, while continuing to follow the approaches they have used before with as little adjustments as possible.
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