The development of wind energy in Poland

written by Mazovia Energy Agency (Poland)

Wind conditions for Energy purposes in Poland are defined as medium but high enough to provide potencially efficient source of renewable energy. For the whole country, average annual wind speeds range from 2.6 m/s to 3.8 m/s. Poland has the potential to build off-shore wind farms with a capacity of 3 GW by 2025 and 6 GW by 2030. Implementation of off-shore investments in Polish sea areas may add value to the Polish economy in the amount of over 81 billion PLN by 2030 and create a total nearly 25 thousand new workplaces. When it comes to big investments, we have heard about one in Poland lately. Let’s talk about a Budzyń windfarm.

In Budzyń, a city located in western Poland, a new wind farm has been realized by the fourth largest wind energy company in the world, named EDP Renewables. The new wind turbines complex, with its 35 structures can cover the demand of 85  000 people with a total capacity of 70 MW. It is a great result not only for the region but also for the entire state of Poland.

The farm is located in the fields between three cities: Wyszyny, Bukowiec and Sokołów Budzyński. The Budzyń wind farm can provide energy with the CO2 emissions of 215 000 ton per year.

In the age of energy crisis in Poland that investment could not be better. This wind farm will contribute to lower energy prices, create new workplaces, contribute to the development of infrastructure and result in tax revenues for local authorities and communities.

The city mayor said that as a country we are facing a harsh winter, perhaps we are facing a lack of electricity during the winter. This investment, like no other fits perfectly into the energy balance of our country. In turn, it will be a source of constant budgetary income for our commune in the future.

He also estimates that the commune budget will receive 3-4 million PLN annually thanks to the construction of the farm.

  1. https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energetyka_wiatrowa_w_Polsce
  2. https://chodziez.naszemiasto.pl/budzyn-farma-wiatrowa-firmy-edp-renewables-otwarta-jej-moc/ar/c3-9051325
  3. https://ceesen.org/2023/03/08/new-wind-farm-in-western-poland/

Cover picture: https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energetyka_wiatrowa_w_Polsce#/media/Plik:Elektrownia_wiatrowa_ko%C5%82o_Kisielic.jpg


CEESEU-DIGIT: Children as Advocates for Sustainable Environmental Practices!

Estonia, with its focus on youth and the historically industrial region of Ida-Virumaa, exemplifies a region in transition, while it embraces environmental transformation. Recognizing the importance of equipping the younger generation in this area with essential knowledge, CEESEU-DIGIT strategically directs its educational efforts there.

The mission of the CEESEU-DIGIT project, initiated in December 2022, centers around the development of innovative regional energy and climate plans (ECAP) across six target areas in Central and Eastern Europe. Building upon the foundations laid by the preceding CEESEU initiative, this project aims to address pressing environmental challenges. Furthermore, CEESEU-DIGIT remains dedicated to safeguarding vulnerable social groups and combatting energy poverty while pursuing its climate protection objectives.

Estonia is one of the six target areas of the project while focusing particularly on the Ida-Viru region, which is historically known for its involvement in oil shale mining. Given the region's industrial background, it currently encounters significant challenges related to the transition towards more environmentally sustainable practices. To ensure a seamless transition, the project recognizes the importance of actively addressing the ongoing shift and simultaneously educating the youth in the area about sustainable solutions for a green transition and future prospects.

Green transition events for youth of Ida-Virumaa

  • Educational eco-creative workshop for children at Narva-Jõesuu solar park

Elis Vollmer and Julia Golubeva from the University of Tartu's CEESEU-DIGIT project team participated in an event with a clear mission: to raise awareness about green transition. In collaboration with the Narva-Jõesuu Municipality, the event aimed to educate both children and adults on waste sorting and environmental concerns, using engaging coloring books to illustrate important concepts. Discussions centered on climate change, fostering a deeper understanding of environmental challenges. As a result of this informative and interactive workshop, participants, both children, and parents, crafted paper ladybugs, symbolizing their commitment to preserving and enhancing biodiversity.

  • Green playroom: children's camp at Olgina Community Cente

Julia Golubeva, a member of the CEESEU-DIGIT project team at the University of Tartu, organized a dynamic workshop for children at a camp. The workshop, in collaboration with the Narva-Jõesuu Leisure Centre, focused on biodiversity preservation and environmental awareness. Children learned essential skills, such as proper waste sorting, and engaged in discussions about climate change. The workshop also included engaging games about Lake Peipus’ biodiversity, exploration of different energy sources, and bird-themed activities to enhance their knowledge of Estonian parks. The children's enthusiasm for sharing insights on the vital role of bees and pollinators in human life was inspiring. They also created paper ladybugs as a symbol of their commitment to biodiversity preservation. The event aimed to empower the younger generation to take practical steps, such as creating water bowls for insects and attracting pollinators to their gardens, all contributing to a greener, more sustainable future.

  • Green playroom: Oxforell Holiday Center's camp for children from orphanages in Ida-Viru County

The event involved a group of children from orphanages, a vulnerable demographic that receives special attention in the CEESEU-DIGIT project. The primary goal was to raise awareness and knowledge about the green transition, ensuring inclusivity in implementing energy and climate plans at the local level. In collaboration with two non-profit organizations in Ida-Viru County, the workshop organized a green playroom for the camp's children. Caregivers were on hand to provide assistance and maintain a safe environment.

Children actively participated in various activities, including waste sorting, biodiversity games, and discussions on climate change. They created paper ladybugs as a symbol of their commitment to biodiversity preservation and learned about greenhouse gas emissions through the "Climate School" card game. The workshop also featured math tasks and mazes related to pollinators and practical tips for supporting insects in gardens. The level of engagement varied with age, but all activities aimed to keep the children motivated and focused. Volunteer-assistants provided musical breaks with an electric guitar to create a pleasant atmosphere.

  • Family day fun: green playroom workshop for children and adults at Sinimäe Village Square

In collaboration with the Narva-Jõesuu Leisure Centre for Family Day, the event provided an opportunity for both children and adults to learn and engage. Participants gained insights into proper waste sorting, played a biodiversity game related to Lake Peipus, explored different energy sources, and enjoyed a bird-themed dominoes game featuring Estonian park birds. The workshop also involved creative activities, such as drawing and coloring to highlight the importance of pollinators like bumblebees and bees.

In addition to environmental awareness, participants crafted paper ladybugs symbolizing their commitment to biodiversity preservation. They expanded their knowledge through the "Climate School" card game, focusing on the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment. As waste sorting is a current concern in Ida-Viru County, a waste sorting game challenged participants of all ages. Despite initial challenges, everyone successfully mastered the task with the help of clear instructions.

  • Family picnic, concert and workshop at Jõhvi city park

The event aimed at educating both children and adults about the green transition. Collaborating with the Jõhvi Culture and Leisure Centre, the event emphasized waste sorting and engaging activities, including discussions on climate change and crafting paper ladybugs to promote biodiversity preservation.

Children demonstrated proficiency in waste sorting, while adults expressed concerns about potential job losses in the transition from shale energy. Residents in some areas of Kohtla-Järve faced challenges with limited waste sorting facilities. An employee from Eastman Specialities OÜ expressed interest in further discussions about a just transition.

During interviews, it became apparent that waste sorting practices varied, with one interviewee sharing experiences from the Czech Republic, where sorting is more stringent. Adults expressed a strong desire for more information about the green transition process and inquired about a CEESEU-DIGIT project website or Facebook page.

 The CEESEU-DIGIT project has received funding from the European Union’s Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE 2014-2020) under grant agreement n° LIFE 101077297.

The information and views set out in this homepage are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.


Passive houses – basic principles

The term passive house refers to the highest quality energy-saving construction, with very low heat demand for heating, without the use of radiators. The very concept of "passive" should be understood as opposing the active heating system based on the combustion of non-renewable fuels. The idea of ​​a passive houses is to provide its users with climatic comfort both in summer and winter, i.e. during the period when heat is provided by passive heat sources and heat recovered from ventilation.

The term passive construction refers to the highest quality energy-saving construction, with very low heat demand for heating, without the use of radiators. The very concept of "passive" should be understood as opposing the active heating system based on the combustion of non-renewable fuels. The concept of a passive building was born as a response to the need to combine building energy efficiency, optimal thermal comfort, high indoor air quality and saving natural resources. As a result, five basic principles were created, which have been present since the design stage of passive buildings.

Figure 1 - Five principles of passive houses (source: https://passiv.de/en/02_informations/02_passive-house-requirements/02_passive-house-requirements.htm)

Thermal insulation

All opaque building components of the exterior envelope of the house must be very well-insulated. For most cool-termperate climates, this means a heat transfer coefficient (U-value) of 0.15 W/(m²K) at the most, i.e. a maximum of 0.15 watts per degree of temperature difference and per square metre of exterior surface are lost.

Passive House windows

The window frames must be well insulated and fitted with low-e glazings filled with argon or krypton to prevent heat transfer. For most cool-termperate climates, this means a U-value of 0.80 W/(m²K) or less, with g-values around 50% (g-value= total solar transmittance, proportion of the solar energy available for the room).

 Ventilation heat recovery

Efficient heat recovery ventilation is key, allowing for a good indoor air quality and saving energy. In Passive House, at least 75% of the heat from the exhaust air is transferred to the fresh air again by means of a heat exchanger.

Airtightness of the building

Uncontrolled leakage through gaps must be smaller than 0.6 of the total house volume per hour during a pressure test at 50 Pascal (both pressurised and depressurised).

Absence of thermal bridges

All edges, corners, connections and penetrations must be planned and executed with great care, so that thermal bridges can be avoided. Thermal bridges which cannot be avoided must be minimised as far as possible.

 

Author: Mazovia Energy Agency (Poland) 


LIFE-BECKON - Call for replication

Accelerate your local energy transition by supporting the set-up of energy communities

Call for replication – Apply now!

BECKON supports a wider range of local authorities, energy agencies and energy communities in starting out or proceeding in their efforts to support collective energy actions. Therefore, BECKON launched an open call for replication on 16 October 2023. The goal is to enable local authorities to set up TAOs and to familiarise them with the concept of energy communities, empower them to create spaces for such citizen-centred energy projects and support them.

Learn more about the call in this video!

We invite local authorities, municipalities in cooperation with energy communities and energy agencies to apply for the open call for replication to receive the following support and service package and come on a learning journey with LIFE-BECKON:

  • Access to the LIFE-BECKON One-Stop-Shop (OSS) platform providing guidance to information, documents, templates you need for your specific needs; in addition, you get access to our pilots community and to experts who can assist you
  • Participation in 3 half-day workshops in which you learn from our pilots how to run a successful OSS and about adequate business models, legal frameworks etc.
  • 3 Webinars / trainings + 15 Direct one-hour support sessions / mentoring session + 1 Webinar on how to use OSS
  • Technical & commercial assistance
  • Information in your local language (“How to”-technical paper for public authorities; Country-specific guidelines for replicating OSS locally)
  • Access and exchange with the networks of Climate Alliance, the Covenant of Mayors and the Climate Pact

Apply now!

Who can apply?
Applicants can either be municipalities by themselves, municipalities in cooperation with energy communities, local authorities such as regions by themselves or in cooperation with energy communities and local or regional energy agencies looking to support energy communities.

Have questions? Contact us at beckon(at)climatealliance.org, find further information in the call description and be sure check out this video about the call!

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2024. Applicants will be selected soon after, and the learning programme will start in March 2024.

Be part of a huge community driving forward the energy transition via energy communities!

About the LIFE BECKON project

The LIFE BECKON project is a European project funded by the LIFE programme, which is dedicated to enable municipalities to better support energy communities in their territories by setting up Technical Assistance Offices (TAO). Currently, LIFE BECKON is implementing TAOs in three local authorities that are piloting the activity: Copenhagen in Denmark, the Province of Ávila in Spain and Sofia’s energy agency in Bulgaria.

Technical Assistance Offices can be part of the local authorities’ administration and support initiatives and citizens in setting up energy communities.

Energy communities

Energy communities represent a disruptive opportunity to achieve a just and climate-friendly energy system. An energy community is a community that works and invests together to develop a sustainable energy system to enhance quality of life and economic competitiveness of a local context, empowering people by connecting sustainable energy, local economic development, and public wellbeing.

 


The CEESEN-BENDER project has been launched

International experts are developing support services for tackling energy poverty and renovating Soviet-era buildings in CEE countries

Experts from Central and Eastern Europe have cooperated in EU-funded CEESEN-BENDER project to empower and support vulnerable homeowners and renters living in Soviet-era multiapartment buildings in 5 CEE countries: Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, Poland, and Romania. The project will help them through the renovation process by identifying the main obstacles and creating trustworthy support services that include homeowners, their associations, and building managers.

Today, buildings are responsible for 40% of Europe’s total energy consumption. Therefore, EU policy has prioritised the identification of dwellings and citizens at a higher risk of energy poverty in order to develop effective strategies for building renovation. In accordance with energy efficiency’s first principle, building renovation must be prioritized when discussing the overall solution to energy poverty. Furthermore, addressing energy poverty, like energy transition in general, should be socially just and inclusive.

In order to address these problems, consortium of partners has been funded from EU’s LIFE programme in order to implement the CEESEN-BENDER project (“Building intErventions in vulNerable Districts against Energy”), which was launched on September 1, 2023 and will last until August 31, 2026.

First, The project will analyze the ownership structure and physical characteristics of buildings in the 5 pilot sites in targeted regions (Estonia, Slovenia, Poland, Romania, and Hungary) to comprehensively understand the underlying obstacles that impede or halt homeowner associations, landlords, and property managers from pursuing energy renovations. At the same time, partners of the project will identify both legislation and financial, and technical administrative obstacles for the renovation in pilot countries. The identification of obstacles from the homeowners’ perspective will help the creation of tailor-made solutions not only for homeowners but also for building managers, landlords, municipalities, and other relevant stakeholders involved in the renovation process.

As a part of the project, tools that can be used to address different aspects of energy poverty will be developed. This includes data gathering on energy poverty in the pilot sites, creating a digital tool identifying buildings with high levels of energy-poor households in greatest need of renovation, creating a model of potential savings in buildings undergoing renovation, and creating a tool for calculating the return on investment for energy renovations.

Within the project, 5 pilot area roadmaps will be developed, that prioritize building renovation based on their potential for maximizing emissions reduction via energy savings as well as an increase of quality of life and wellbeing for vulnerable homeowners. Within the 5 pilot areas, at least 30 building-level roadmaps will be created that specify the technical details for renovations. The project partners will help these pilot buildings in the entire pre-construction phase from drawing of plans, to applying for permits, audits, or other requirements for financing. Plans will call for the decarbonization of the heating and cooling supply and integration of renewable energy sources (RES), to produce energy to cover its own consumption.

Also, a support system will be created for homeowners, municipalities, and other large owners of multiapartment buildings in the targeted regions to speed up the renovation process. This includes training at least 3500 homeowners, landlords and building managers on legal, financial, technical and other aspects of energy renovations. In addition, it entails advocating for changes of regulatory requirements and policies to lower the costs and time needed for the preparatory phase of projects. Also, at least 30 energy professionals will be trained on energy poverty and related topics.

CEESEN-BENDER's project coordinator is Society for Sustainable Development Design (DOOR) from Croatia. Other partner organisations of the project include University of Tartu (UTARTU), Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (LEASP), Alba Local Energy Agency (ALEA), Climate Alliance (CA), Medjimurje Energy Agency (MENEA), Mazovian Energy Agency (MAE), Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA), Municipality of Alba Iulia (ALBA IULIA), and Central Eastern European Sustainable Energy Network (CEESEN). Associated partners of the project are Housing Cooperative “Marysin Wawerski” (SM Marysin Waw), EUROLAND Ltd. (Euroland), GP STANORAD Ltd. (GP STANORAD) and the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL).

The CEESEN-BENDER project has received funding from the European Union’s Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE 2021-2027) under grant agreement n° LIFE 101120994. The budget of the project is EUR 1.85 million, of which the amount of EU support is EUR 1.75 million.

More information about the project can be found here: https://ceesen.org/about-ceesen/ceesen-bender/

Additional information:
Matija Eppert
Project Lead for CEESEN-BENDER
matija.eppert@door.hr


Electrict vs hydrogen vehicles

The actual need, caused by the rising climate changes and pollutions, of a more sustainable way of living has initiated many debates within many sectors. Among these, the impact generated by the transport sector, and most in general by any type of vehicle utilization, results one of the main responsible for the emissions due to the fossil fuels usage. Recent decisions - as the one to stop and ban the production of fossil fuel and hybrid vehicles from 2035, result as a great springboard for the diffusion of electric vehicles into the market. They are more sustainable under many aspects but that aspect has to face the growth of hydrogen vehicle production, which technology is taking bigger and bigger steps. It is important to understand the existing technical and practical differences between the two technologies. While the first one depends totally from a proper lithium-ion battery that sustains the entire vehicle necessities, from the engine to the implemented devices, the hydrogen vehicle’s engine comes from the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen inside the fuel cell, as a result of which the electricity that feed the electrical motor, and the water vapor are.

Even if both are green and valid solutions, as declared by an article of the French group Renault,  these new technologies present different problems. The potential and sustainability of hydrogen vehicles is higher than the electrical ones, thanks to the availability of the fuel (endless) and the production of water vapor as the only by-product of the reaction. Unfortunately, high costs of vehicles, scarcity of filling stations and inadequate infrastructures are curbing its spread. The logistic problem results in the principal break for the market of hydrogen.

For the electrical vehicles, which production is rising all over the world especially after the decisions of European Commission, the interest is higher. In many countries, especially in the Old Continent and the States; the infrastructure is rapidly evolving with the diffusion of charging stations. The issues linked to this technology are represented by the cost of vehicles, still very high because of the production costs and extraction of materials. For instance, lithium which is a main component of the battery that has to be treated (this processes produce high quantities of CO2) is not available all over the world but only in some specific places, the limited autonomy of batteries and high costs for their substitution or reparation is significantly increasing the cost. If the problem of infrastructures seems to be ready to disappear in many countries this technology will depend on the electricity market and its variations for its entire cycle of usage.

The gap between the diffusion of these two technologies has been presented by an article of HydrogenInsight, showing the German case, more precisely of the region of Cologne, where 1617 electric buses are now present, against the only 145 that use hydrogen fueled. With the target of reducing emissions caused by the transport sector by another 40% up to 2030, the nation has planned to increase the number of hydrogen vehicles up to an estimated number of 917 units. As previously cited, because of the cheapest technology and the already present infrastructures, the electrical vehicles are expected to follow the same trend, reaching more than 7300 units by 2030. Despite the difficulty of the hydrogen application of emerging in the automotive sector at an affordable price the German region is ready to set up new investments for the development of hydrogen vehicles and the improvement of the infrastructure’s status.

In conclusion it can be confirmed that nowadays electrical vehicles are preferred over the hydrogen ones, but this latest technology shows a great potential, for the next decades, as one of the principal solution for the reduction of emissions and the consequent growth of our sustainability, in automotive sector and many others.

Text source: www.renaultgroup.com

Photo sources: www.which.co.uk, www.edmunds.com


Wiener Neustadt is 1 out of 10 Austrian „Pioneer cities”

Wiener Neustadt lies 50 kilometers south of Vienna and has approximately 50.000 inhabitants. Wiener Neustadt has diverse regional functions such as authority town, school town, transport hub, economic center, research and university location, etc.

Since 1995, the city of Wiener Neustadt has set the course for a long-term municipal energy strategy (and later increasingly for a climate strategy). Since then, several energy concepts, a climate change adaptation strategy and a 2021 urban development plan for Wiener Neustadt (2021 STEP WIENER NEUSTADT 2030+) have been developed. The recent urban development plan STEP WIENER NEUSTADT 2030+ distinguishes between climate protection and climate change adaptation. The climate neutrality roadmap “Climate Neutral Wiener Neustadt 2040”, which is currently being developed, has initiated a fundamental discussion process. Comprehensive planning, operationalization and ambitious implementation as well as ongoing monitoring for a “climate-neutral Wiener Neustadt” has motivated Wiener Neustadt to go one step further.

Fotocredit: Stadt Wiener Neustadt/Michael Weller

Lately Wiener Neustadt with 9 other major cities of Austria signed a public-public-cooperation agreement with the national climate ministry (BMK) to become a pioneering city. Austrian pioneer cities take the challenge for a conscious and ambitious transition towards climate neutrality before 2040. This complex transformation requires different measures. The measures shall both be developed in-house or developed by others and transferred to Wiener Neustadt. With the high ambition of pioneer cities program and its public-public cooperation comes a financial transfer to build up staff, knowledge and a sustainable and long-lasting governance structure for climate neutrality within the city.

The effect of the entire bundle of measures from the different areas (e.g., governance, implementation districts, learning environment or energy, mobility, buildings, etc.) is subject to fact-based climate monitoring. During the application phase and the ongoing monitoring Wiener Neustadt receives support from ConPlusUltra GmbH a CEESEN founding Member.

At the beginning of the public-public cooperation, the final criteria led (e.g.: implementation horizon until 2030, expected individual climate impacts and roll-out potential within Wiener Neustadt and other cities, necessary competencies, financial coverage, time criticality) district implementation list is not available because there are several processes such as climate neutrality roadmap, coordination with external stakeholders (e.g.: private owners, ARE, EVN), etc. are still ongoing.

Fotocredit: Stadt Wiener Neustadt/Michael Weller

In the groundbreaking first year of the public-public cooperation, the climate neutrality roadmap will be drawn up at the same time. This represents the starting point for the future progress and impact monitoring of the public-public cooperation. Furthermore, the following processes will take place in the first year:

  • the organizational upgrade of the previous “Urban Development, Transport, Environment & Energy” group to a staff unit,
    • with simultaneous thematic expansion to include the topic of “climate”,
    • Adding a new hierarchy level and dividing it into 3 teams,
    • Associated with this are new internal processes,
    • the onboarding of new employees,
  • as well as the selection of the implementation districts and the determination of the first measures

The expected concrete pioneering results of the public-public cooperation (e.g., in the implementation districts, planned STEP WIENER NEUSTADT 2030+ projects implemented earlier) are each placed in a city-wide context in Wiener Neustadt. Out of its own interest, Wiener Neustadt will examine and pay attention to city-wide synergies and roll-out potential. (e.g.: zoning regulations, spatial planning contracts, ...;) as well as passing on what Wiener Neustadt has learned to external parties.

Fotocredit: Stadt Wiener Neustadt/Michael Weller

Companion Guide to SECAP Development in the CEE Region

This guide was created as part of the EU-funded Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Sustainable Energy Union (CEESEU) project. It includes information from training materials developed during the project, interviews with local experts and representatives from CEE cities that have already implemented SEAPs/SECAPs (Sustainable Energy Action Plans/Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans), as well as feedback from project partners on the SECAP process in their region. 

The full document is available here.

With a reach well beyond the lifetime of the CEESEU project, this Guide can be used by CEE public administrators involved in the SECAP development process – whether in small, human resources-constrained municipalities or large ones with ample professional staffing spread among several departments. 

In the course of the project, CEESEU partners identified several key challenges associated with SECAPs in the CEE region, information gathered from municipal partners as well as from the project’s experts, most of which are regional energy agencies:

  • Access to finance is a recurrent issue
  • Data collection and monitoring are key challenges
  • Resistance is greatest in countries where awareness levels appear especially low
  • It is easier to exert influence at local levels rather than at the national level
  • Staff often do not agree on whether the emission reduction target can be reached
  • Politics at the national level can intrude on and influence engagement 
  • Certain projects are pushed forward only for reasons of positive public relations and visibility
  • Overcoming regulatory limitations is hampered by a lack of existing regional initiatives that might provide good examples
  • Lack of know-how and human resources as well as inadequate organisational capacity 
  • Diverse local (political) interests and stakeholder group misunderstandings

The guide provides at least partial answers to these issues and makes specific recommendations from the  lessons learned in the setup and development of SECAPs in CEESEU municipalities. It also emphasises the need for outreach strategies or procedural changes by EU-level actors e.g., the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) initiative, which will better address the unique circumstances of the CEE.

Who is the guide for?

The guide provides a comprehensive overview of the planning, development and implementation of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) with their goal of a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 and municipal accession to the Covenant of Mayors (CoM). In addition, it provides information specific to the Central & Eastern European (CEE) region as well as examples from the experiences of developing and implementing SECAPs within the CEESEU project. The material herein will provide support for CEE municipalities in developing the main sections of their SECAPs, in engaging with stakeholders, and in the implementation of their Action Plans.

In the main, this guide is meant to support CEE municipalities that may have lagged behind their Western European counterparts in developing SECAPs for a variety of reasons - perhaps a lack of awareness or knowledge of the planning process, a lack of expertise or capacity, missing access to resources, or stakeholder disinterest. It will provide how-to support to public administrators in Central and Eastern Europe for developing their SECAPs, in which their municipalities promote increased energy efficiency, a switch to sustainable energy, a reduction in carbon emissions, and improved adaptability to climate disruptions, thus helping the region contribute towards meeting the EU's emissions neutrality goals.

Supplementary materials

The CEESEU project developed a number of aids that are relevant both for larger cities and for smaller municipalities in the development, implementation and evaluation of SECAPs. These are available at Resources and as linked below.

SECAP Training materials (I):  local and regional SECAP planning processes, political dimensions, stakeholder engagement, and administrative structures; examples from Warsaw and Zagreb Training slideset I
SECAP Training materials (II): SECAP implementation processes, monitoring, the urban adaptation support tool, data collection, reporting requirements, and financing of SECAPs Training slideset II
SECAP Evaluation Tool: an easy-to-use tool for municipalities to conduct a quick self-assessment to evaluate your compliance with the development of a SECAP  Original English and translations
A quick guide how to use the  SECAP Evaluation Tool Guide to using the Tool
Policy recommendations to achieve better SECAPs Policy recommendations
Assessing energy poverty, monitoring emissions, and identification of socially efficient solutions to meet climate policy ambitions Next steps in your SECAP
Energy efficiency forerunner model: Replication Guidelines Replicating the energy efficiency model

A recent and very useful addition to the toolkit for use by municipalities is the cooperation agreement between CEESEU partner (and a founding member of the Central and Eastern European Sustainable Energy Network, CEESEN) Climate Alliance and Google for use of data in the Environmental Insight Explorer (EIE) for all EU municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. Register first with the EIE, then contact Climate Alliance directly, specifying, on an official municipal letterhead, that you would like to use the EIE data and what the data will be used for.


Innovative energy storage in Ochotnica Dolna municipality

Definition of energy storage

Energy storage is called a device or set of devices for storing energy, connected to the grid and having the capacity to supply electricity to the grid. In addition, the installation, as a rule, must not be a source of emissions that constitute a burden on the environment. In practice, energy storages are nothing more than rechargeable batteries, in which electrical energy is converted electrochemically. Nowadays, the most commonly used for this purpose are lithium-ion batteries, which are characterized by relatively low weight and long life (they last for many thousands of charges). Batteries work by storing and then releasing electrical energy through reversible chemical processes.

Technologies used in energy storages

A lithium-ion batteries are not the only one type of energy storages. Among energy storages, we can primarily distinguish pumped storage power plants, CAES - Compressed Air Storage, flywheels, hydrogen storage, flow batteries, lead-acid batteries, superconducting systems, supercapacitors and the aforementioned lithium-ion batteries.

What is Tauron Group?

The Tauron Group is one of the largest business entities in Poland and is among the largest energy holdings in Central and Eastern Europe. It operates in all areas of the energy market - from coal mining, to the generation, distribution and sale of electricity and heat and customer service. It has a capital of more than PLN 8.7 billion. The holding company employs more than 25,000 people.

Situation in Ochotnica Dolna municipality

An industrial energy storage facility in Ochotnica Dolna (Poland) was connected by Tauron to its low-voltage grid. The installation is a pilot to show the impact of the storage facility on stabilizing the operation of the power grid.

A low-voltage grid with a high concentration of 2 kW photovoltaic microinstallations was chosen as the storage location.

The Ochotnica Dolna municipality has been gradually increasing the share of PV installations on its territory since 2015. As a result, it has one of the highest densities of 1-phase micro-installations in Poland, which periodically limits prosumers' ability to feed energy back into the grid.

Tauron energy storage in Ochotnica Dolna with a power of 100 kW and a capacity of 180 kWh was connected in parallel to the end of a selected low-voltage circuit. So far, the municipality has paid nothing for the storage. It is assumed that the capacity of 1 kWh is the cost of approx. 3,000-4,000 PLN. So, if the municipality were to pay for the storage, it would have to spend 540,000 - 720,000 PLN. The selected circuit is characterized by a large share of PV micro-installations and connected energy consumers with high power demand. The main recipients of this solution will be the residents of the municipality in Ochotnica Dolna and the surrounding area.

The energy stored in the plant will allow the daily energy needs of 25 households in the area to be met.

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Medjimurje Energy Agency Promotes CEESEN Membership for Climate Action

In order to raise awareness on the need of joint action of local and regional governments on energy and climate issues and to encourage the membership of a large number of organizations and persons from Medjimurje county (county located in northernmost part of Croatia) in the CEESEN network, Medjimurje Energy Agency Ltd. participated on 4th October 2023 in the 8th session of the collegium of mayors and municipality heads in Medjimurje county.

The event was recognized as a good opportunity to directly invite the regional government, local governments located in Medjimurje county and their representatives to engage within the network and to acquaint them with the benefits of the membership. As part of the event agenda, the experts from MENEA presented the CEESEN network and invited all present mayors, municipality heads and their deputies and other representatives of local and regional governments in Medjimurje county to join the network.

Medjimurje county has been recognized as a sustainable county that has been investing a lot in energy renovation of buildings and encouraging the investments in renewable energy in public and private sectors for several years now. As regional authority, Medjimurje County also provides support to local governments in preparing and implementing their local energy and climate initiatives so hopefully the County and other local governments will recognize how membership in this or similar networks will help them to connect with other experienced local and regional governments and to initiate and implement quality mitigation and adaptation measures in their local contexts.


At the Covenant of Mayors seminar in Liepāja, VPR shares its experience of CEESEN networking activities in Vidzeme.

On September 19, Vidzeme Planning Region energy efficiency expert Edgars Augustiņš took part in a seminar jointly organised by the Latvian Association of Local Governments, the municipality of Liepāja and the European Union Covenant of Mayors Office. The event gathered participants on-site, while some experts participated remotely. The seminar's focus was innovation and financing opportunities in energy efficiency. The expert talked about the objectives of creating the CEESEN network. He also informed about the activities carried out by the CEESEU project of the Horizon 2020 program, including the cooperation with two municipalities of Vidzeme during the project implementation. Valmiera municipality and Cēsis municipality developed sustainable energy and climate action plans (SECAP) on their own with the consultative support of the project consortium.

As experts in the energy field emphasised at the seminar, which local government specialists also agree, SECAP plans are not only planning documents but also a tool for attracting various financial resources for implementing energy-efficient activities at the local level.

Edgars Augustiņš reminded that the CEESEN network was founded in 2006 to bring together energy sector participants from Central and Eastern European regions, encouraging them to engage in activities in the direction of climate and sustainability. At the same time, membership in the network provides an opportunity to represent regional interests at the European Union level. The Vidzeme Planning Region is a co-founder of the network; participation in the network is considered a confirmation of the planning region's interest and readiness to address climate change resilience issues.

The seminar participants could learn about the possibilities of registering for participation in the CEESEN network to exchange contacts, knowledge and experience between the Central and Eastern European regions and their local government representatives. The network's founders actively and thoughtfully use the European Union's financial support to strengthen local municipalities' capacity, moving them in the direction of green course and sustainability.

The seminar participants were also interested in an in-depth presentation of the development progress of the SECAP plans of the two municipalities of the Vidzeme region within the framework of the CEESEU project.

As E. Augustiņš pointed out: "It must be admitted - it is not often that we see that a municipality undertakes to complete the development of SECAP plans on its own - this is an atypical case not only at the level of Latvia but also in the international consortium, we are an exception, for which we receive special attention. This only confirms our belief that this, although time-consuming and complicated, is a correctly chosen municipal tactic - to be involved in the process from beginning to end. It strengthens the sense of co-responsibility in achieving goals."

Municipalities themselves performed data maintenance, data group creation, involved stakeholders, organised working groups and analysed the situation, finding the most appropriate solutions. Both municipalities also renewed the commitment of the Covenant of Mayors.

It should be noted that within the framework of the CEESEU project, the municipality of Cēsis region developed the SECAP plan on a city scale but is currently actively working to integrate the other territories of the area into the action plan. On the other hand, the municipality of Valmiera region is to be commended for its chosen path - to include in the plan and foresee actions for the industrial sector as well, which is an additional challenge but will effectively affect the reduction of carbon emissions.

Within the framework of the CEESEU project, several trainings were also organised for specialists of local municipalities in Vidzeme to encourage them to develop or renew sustainable energy and climate action plans. Edgars Augustiņš reminded us how important it is for local government specialists, including those at the management level, to offer educational seminars, providing opportunities for local governments to solve problem issues together with their colleagues - specialists from neighbouring municipalities, under the guidance of experts. It promotes the exchange of ideas and solutions and the formation of closer relations for the realisation of future projects. That is why the CEESEN network members have started the implementation of a new project in the LIFE program - the main goal of CEESEU-DIGIT is to develop an energy and climate action plan for the region, and it is also planned to continue organising training for local government specialists on topics in which the knowledge capacity should be further strengthened.

"Observing the municipalities and evaluating the previous experience in the development of various documents, including in the field of energy, the conclusion is one - the developed documents must be meaningful, high-quality, and during the development process, it must be kept in mind that the document will be a tool for daily work and is not just a tick on the to-do list. It is doable!” said Edgars Augustiņš at the end of his presentation.

Agenda

CoM Agenda | 19092023


Local authorities channel their opinion on energy and climate in the national legislative process informally

Key messages

  • No mandatory emission target obligation for local governments in any country.
  • The local energy and climate policies are legally driven by Energy Act and/or Energy Efficiency Act.
  • Public hearing is occasionally responded through umbrella organisations though informal approach is dominant in national legislative process.

CEESEU-DIGIT

In CEESEU-DIGIT, where are 6 pilot regions, analyses of national regulatory framework was done. The respondents were local experts. It was identified that there are no emission target obligation for local governments in any country within Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). Self-defined pledges originate from Covenant of Mayors or other best policy practices. Energy management was required by local government level in Latvia and Slovenia. In Poland and Czech energy and climate plans are required for regional level.

Partners mentioned 24 laws/regulations regarding energy or climate that has influence on local government level processed or completed in their states. 15 of them were rated with high importance an impact for local government by scoring in evaluation 8 points out of 10 possible in these two categories. Only for six of them local government engagement was rated as at least average (3 out of 5). Most common laws/regulations were Energy Law/Energy Efficiency Act/law (Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Latvia). Coverage was from local government act (Poland) and municipal buildings energy efficiency and renewable integration regulations to electricity/heat market acts and renewable energy market regulations. Also, strategies/plans like NECP, long-term building strategy, low carbon development strategy and national urban policy were mentioned.

In questionnaire it was also asked about current mechanomes to react to policy development and how often they are used by local governments. As result reacting to laws/regulations is quite common through umbrella organizations using formal and informal channels. Local governments do not react often or does not have such option (in 3 countries) to individually react to laws/regulations (except Slovenia). Informal approach is more common but used occasionally (if there is very important law or if there is events etc where it is possible).

It was also identified that low activity is bit more local governments side problem compared problems with existing mechanisms. Evaluation was that if there would be better mechanisms local governments would not participate lot more. This is also shown by the identified barriers as in 1..5 point highest barrier for municipalities is staff shortage – there is not just enough people or municipalities do not have resources to hire more specialists to deal with the topic. In all regions except Lativa and Slovenia (score for both was 4), staff shortage barrier was rated with highest score (5). The second biggest barrier was energy know-how in municipalities with average score of 4,1. Third barrier was legal know-how with score 3,6. Complexity and Bureaucracy was rated average (3).

CEESEU-DIGIT is right time and right place and will support local governments to rise knowledge. Helping governments with staff problems does not have easy solution, but project is trying to help them to find additional resources by supporting preparing applications for projects and grants that may mitigate the problem. Project will also help to make the voice of municipalities heard in the country that hopefully also helps to mitigate the staff problem in near future.


Responses to the energy and climate crisis - Sustainable Municipalities Conference 2023

Budapest hosted the CEESEN Sustainable Municipalities Conference between 6-7 September 2023. The event was organized by WWF Hungary in tight cooperation with the CEESEU project's consortium. The main goals of the conference were to strengthen the CEESEN network and foster green energy transition, climate adaptation, and municipal-level sustainability in the CEE region. 

With this conference, CEESEN (Central Eastern European Sustainable Energy Network) has demonstrated its ambition to be a key player in the green transition and also in the sustainability efforts at local level in the Central Eastern European region. The network's importance lies not only in its role as a communication hub for local governments and NGOs in the region, but also in its role as an excellent platform for international cooperations, which facilitates resource and partnership building for EU and other regional tenders.

The hybrid event hosted more than 200 representatives from 20 countries. Besides professional network development, the participants also gained new and useful information about energy security, policies and financial aspects of SECAP development, energy poverty, and climate adaptation at the local level. During the breaks participants could check the SECAP exhibition which was created from the one pager summaries of the 22 SECAP documents created during the CEESEU project.

Photos of the conference

The first of the two days of the conference was the plenary day. The first opening speech was given by Hector Pagan (UTARTU) as the representative of the lead partner of the CEESEU project, introducing the CEESEN network and the potentials it offers. Eero Ailio (Policy Adviser of the European Commission) continued the opening remarks talking about the European policies for a green energy transition.

During the whole day, nearly 20 speakers presented their thoughts and ideas in four different sections; which were energy security, financing options, energy poverty and climate adaptation. Each section ended with a panel discussion involving all the speakers of the session moderated by Dr. Lilla Bartuszek.

The presentations and the panel discussions of the plenary day are available on the CEESEN - Sustainable Municipalities Youtube channel.

Videos and presentations

The second day the conference program continued with interactive workshops led by the consortium partners of the CEESEU and CEESEU-DIGIT projects, where our guests could learn about the implementation of the aforementioned topics of the first day’s sections.
The site visits also offered a wide range of activities inside and outside the city center of Budapest with urban walks and visiting water retention solutions.

The general takeaway of the conference was that despite the tangible challenges in the CEE region, municipalities have a great opportunity to reach their climate goals. 

To reach these common goals, the municipalities need to work together closely with all of the stakeholders, they have to share their experiences, support and learn from each other. This is what our CEESEN network aims to make easier for its members; creating a knowledge base, a voice for the region at the EU level and a platform for connecting together public administrators, policy makers and other key actors working for low-carbon economies in the CEE.

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Biowaste for sustainable buildings materials

Day after day we are overwhelmed by waste of every type and a big part of them have biological origins; they come from industries, farms or mineral sector and especially from the agricultural production and food consumption. Numerous studies discovered and later highlighted some peculiarities of the elements which compose the garbage; key features, mainly physical or chemical, that allows to give a second life to all this waste, using them for different applications, as the realization of bio-composites to substitute common materials, especially those used in the construction sector, and improving many times their characteristics as mechanic resistance or other technical ones.

A turn toward the use of these new materials could result in a more sustainable solutions in supporting of the great number of new buildings realized in the last three years in Poland. A main example for a possible replacement of the classic concrete, which production is actually responsible of the 68% if manufacturing emission, is represented by the lignin (the complex polymer present in every bio-component as filler between cells), hemp fiber, bamboo fiber or recycled fibers coming from the textile industry. Main technical characteristics of these elements are the high mechanical properties, the binding properties (especially of hemp fibers used for the realization of composite and insulation materials) and their thermal conductivity value which is really close to the classic ones used in the insulation of facilities. The presence of cellulose in every type of bio-materials, makes this last very useful for the regulation of moisture content in the air when implemented in structures or linked with other building materials, offsetting some shortcomings.

Realization of an hemp fiber reinforced concrete wall

The use of these fibers, as presented by a study of the Department of Applied Bioeconomy of Wrocław, especially the hemp shows great advantages thanks to the numerous properties of the bio composite that are not only technical but also economic; like the good rate cost-durability and the possibility to increase the trust in the utilization of recycled materials in all sectors, where the building one is probably the most important, generating a circular economy and making different sectors more sustainable, a great solution for present and the future.


SECAP of Stara Kornica by MAE

4.696 (2020)
119 km2
2020: 49.043t
2030: 21.992t

Stara Kornica is a rural municipality located in the Łosicki County, Mazovian Voivodeship, right next to Poland's eastern border. Two rivers flow through it: the Klukówka and the Kałuża. The municipality's natural resources are chalk deposits.

The municipality is a typically agricultural area, where the majority of the working population makes their living from agriculture (production of pigs, dairy cattle and cereal crops).

By joining the Covenant of Mayors, Stara Kornica municipality has committed to reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030, compared to the base year (2020). The planned actions in the municipality concerning emission reduction and adaptation to climate change should contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the municipality by more than 55% (27 051 Mg CO2/year) - thus this target is attainable.

Planned measures include: thermomodernisation of schools in Stara Kornica, replacement of heat sources and thermomodernisation of buildings in the private sector and in residential buildings, revalorisation and adaptation of the manor park in Kobylany, thermomodernisation of the municipality office building, modernisation of street lighting, photovoltaic installations in the municipality, removal and disposal of construction elements containing asbestos, construction of water management system , construction and reconstruction of the water treatment plant in Wólka Nosowska, construction of household sewage treatment systems, purchase of cars and equipment for the fire brigade, promotion of good energy saving habits and ecological behaviors among the municipality's citizens.

Improving energy efficiency in the residential sector will contribute most to the reduction of CO2 emissions across the municipality. The estimated reduction through thermomodernisation and replacement of heat sources in this sector is 20,903 Mg CO2/year. Photovoltaic installations installed on both public buildings, individual owners and industrial buildings will increase the share of green electricity by 7,871 MWh/year.


The SECAP was created by MAE and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Polish language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-stara-kornica-poland/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
Disclaimer: The author of this content is solely responsible for its content, which does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union, and neither EASME nor the European Commission is responsible for any use that may be made of this content.

SECAP of Kotuń by MAE

4.375 (2020)
149,27 km2
2020: 123.930t
2030: 74.132t

Kotuń is a rural municipality located in Siedlecki County, Mazovian Voivoidship, next to the Stawy Broszkowskie Nature Reserve. Forest land occupies 20% of the area. Rivers flowing through the municipality are: Kostrzynia, Swidnica, Liwiec and Oleksina. In addition, smaller watercourses, fishponds or water-filled pits are present.

Transport routes of national and international importance run through the municipality: the European east-west transport route from the port of Cork to Omsk and the railway line which is the second part of the Pan-European West-East Transport Corridor from Berlin to Moscow.
The municipality has an agricultural character, with the majority of the rural population making a living from agriculture (cultivation of cereals and potatoes, mushroom production, poultry farms).

The municipality is the Leader of the Siedlecki Energy Cluster (a local energy community) in cooperation with the Skórzec, Mokobody, Suchożebry and Wodynie municipalities, which aims to integrate entities and entrepreneurs, invest, and provide energy security.

By joining the Covenant of Mayors, Kotuń municipality accepted the commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, compared to the base year (2020). The planned activities in the municipality regarding emission reduction and adaptation to climate change should contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the municipality by more than 40% (195 778 Mg CO2/year) - this goal is likely to be achieved.

Planned activities include, among others: replacing heat sources in public, private, industrial, residential and agricultural buildings, thermomodernisation of residential buildings, modernisation of street lighting, photovoltaic installations, expansion and modernisation of the water and sewage network, modernisation of the Police Station, thermomodernisation of public schools and kindergardens in Kotuń, improvement of roads with lighting and a cycling path, purchase of cars and equipment for the fire brigade, promotion of good energy saving habits and ecological behaviors among the municipality's citizens.

Improving energy efficiency in the residential sector will contribute the most to reducing CO2 emissions across the municipality, with a total of 152 800 Mg CO2/year. Photovoltaic installations installed on both public buildings, individual owners and agricultural buildings will increase the share of green electricity by 7 817 MWh/year.


The SECAP was created by MAE and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Polish language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-kotun-poland/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
Disclaimer: The author of this content is solely responsible for its content, which does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union, and neither EASME nor the European Commission is responsible for any use that may be made of this content.

SECAP of Jabłonna Lacka by MAE

4.375 (2020)
149,27 km2
2020: 123.930t
2030: 74.132t

Jabłonna Lacka is a rural municipality located in the Sokołowski County, in Mazovian Voivoidship, upon the Bug River. The municipality is located in the so called "Green Lungs of Poland" due to its geographic location in the Nadbużański Landscape Park buffer zone and areas with special natural values: nature reserves "Skarpa" and "Wydma Mołożewska" and two Natura 2000 areas.

The municipality has a typically agricultural character, with the majority of the working population making their living mainly from agriculture (cultivation of cereals, dairy farming, pig and poultry breeding and milk production).

By joining the Covenant of Mayors, the municipality of Jabłonna Lacka committed to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, compared to the baseline year (2020). The planned activities in the municipality concerning emission reduction and adaptation to climate change should contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the municipality by more than 40% (49 798 Mg CO2/year) - this goal is likely to be achieved.

The planned actions cover: thermomodernisation of multiple schools in Jabłonna Lacka municipality, private and residential buildings, modernisation of water treatment station in Bujały-Mikosze, modernisation of sewage treatment plant in Stara Jabłonna, modernisation of the Volunteer Fire Station in Jabłonna Lacka and residential buildings, replacement of heat sources in public, private and residential buildings, thermomodernisation and reconstruction of the municipal office building, establishment of photovoltaic installations in the municipality, construction of a bridge over the Bug River and roads, construction of a Community Sports and Recreation Centre, construction of a village day-care centre in Morszków, purchase of cars and equipment for the fire brigade, promotion of good energy saving habits and ecological behaviors among the municipality's citizens.


The SECAP was created by MAE and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Polish language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-jablonna-lacka-poland/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
Disclaimer: The author of this content is solely responsible for its content, which does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union, and neither EASME nor the European Commission is responsible for any use that may be made of this content.

Meet the CEESEN Founders: ENVIROS, Czech Republic

ENVIROS SRO is a consultancy company providing assistance and solutions mainly in the field of energy, environmental and business consultancy in the Czech Republic, Central and Eastern Europe, and also other parts of the world. The company was founded in 1994 and employs over 35 permanent experts with wide range of experience in energy efficiency and environmental consultancy.
Since 2023 is ENVIROS a member of Komerční banka Group (Sociétée Générale Group) , one of the largest financial institutions in the Czech Republic.

ENVIROS has been involved in a wide range of areas of work, including:

  • Energy efficiency consulting: ENVIROS helps businesses and organizations to improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy costs, and achieve their sustainability goals.
  • Environmental consulting: ENVIROS provides environmental impact assessments, environmental permitting, and other environmental services to businesses and organizations.
  • Business consulting: ENVIROS provides business consulting services to help businesses improve their performance, increase their profitability, and grow their business.

ENVIROS has a long history of working on international projects. The company has worked in over 20 countries and has been part of a range of profit as well as non-profit and research projects. Next to projects connected to the network CEESEN, other European research projects that ENVIROS has been involved in include:

  • EDUZWACE - an international Erasmus+ educational project on circular economy and waste minimization.
  • (DE)CONSTRUCT FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY – the project deals with the issue of construction and demolition waste management at the municipal and regional levels and its reuse.
  • SECuRe - International Project to Support ESG Education. The goal of the project is to raise awareness of ESG and corporate sustainability, its application in companies and its reporting, support open education, innovation in digital practices and new learning methods

ENVIROS webpage: www.enviros.cz


SECAP of Korczew by MAE

2.554 (2020)
105 km2
2020: 49.493t
2030: 21.787t

Korczew is a rural municipality located in Siedlecki County, Mazovian Voivoidship, upon the Bug River.

It is situated in the Bug River Valley, which is dominated by meadows and pastures with small forest complexes, as well as oxbow lakes and ponds. There are as well many areas of special natural values here: three nature reserves "Przekop", "Dębniak" and "Kaliniak", the Nadbużański Landscape Park, two Natura 2000 areas "Ostoja Nadbużańska" and "Dolina Dolnego Bugu". as well as many ecological utilities and natural monuments. In addition, the municipality is located in the area of the so-called "Green Lungs of Poland".

The municipality is a typically agricultural area, where the majority of the working population makes a living mainly from agriculture (cultivation of crops) or from work in small service and private businesses.

By joining the Covenant of Mayors, Korczew municipality has committed to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, compared to the base year (2020). The planned activities in the municipality concerning emission reduction and adaptation to climate change should contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the municipality by more than 40% (21 787 Mg CO2/year) - this goal is expected to be reached.

Planned activities include: thermomodernisation of public buildings and replacement of heat sources in public, private and residential buildings, modernisation of street lighting, photovoltaic installations across the municipality, reconstruction, development and construction of a water treatment plant, purchase of cars and equipment for the fire brigade, purchase of a car for the police in Mordy, installation of a weather station, creation of two cross-border canoe routes on the Bug River, reconstruction of roads and infrastructure, promotion of good energy saving habits and ecological behaviors among the municipality's citizens.

The improvement of energy efficiency in the residential sector will contribute most to the reduction of CO2 emissions across the municipality. The estimated reduction through replacement of heat sources in this sector is 10 116 Mg CO2/year. Photovoltaic installations installed on both public buildings, individual owners will increase the share of green electricity by 3 850 MWh/year.


The SECAP was created by MAE and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Polish language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-korczew-poland/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
Disclaimer: The author of this content is solely responsible for its content, which does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union, and neither EASME nor the European Commission is responsible for any use that may be made of this content.

SECAP of Valmiera by VPR

24.750 (2021)
19,35 km2
2005: 135.889t
2030: 67.944t

According to the population, Valmiera is the eighth largest city in Latvia, the Vidzeme region's administrative and economic development, education, culture and sports centre. In the Municipal Development Program of Valmiera for 2022-2028, climate change policy (Green Deal) is defined as one of the horizontal priorities. In August 2022, prompted by the CEESEU project activities, local politicians decided the county municipality would join the European Covenant of Mayors.

Mitigation

Accordingly to the SECAP, by 2030, the city of Valmiera will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to 2005. It was decided in an interdisciplinary working group.

Buildings owned by the municipality have the highest final energy consumption. It is planned to continue improving energy efficiency and saving measures to overcome this.

In Valmiera, 17.2% of heat energy is produced by fossil energy resources. Therefore municipality has decided to build a new wood chip boiler house. After the implementation of the project, it is planned to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 3042 tons per year and to expand the range of consumers of centrally supplied heat energy.

Some of the activities refer to territory planning and development documents. Public sector rules and regulations can stimulate sustainable development. For example, it is planned to develop a thematic study on the spatial development of wind and solar power plant parks and encourage the formation and operation of energy communities.

The city of Valmiera has had a certified energy management system since 2018; it has been decided to expand the municipality's energy management system, gradually including the heat and electricity consumption of the institutions in the entire Valmiera County, incl. public street lighting.

Energy poverty

At least 1,860 people in Valmiera County are members of households exposed to energy poverty (approximately 3.4% of all county residents, which is currently below the average 7,5% indicator in the European Union). To understand the extent of the actual situation, targeted research will be conducted on the level of well-being of the population and the presence of energy poverty in households. It is clear that social benefits are a temporary solution, and the problem is complex; it must be solved interdisciplinary.

Actions towards sustainable energy management

The main activities for the next seven years include reducing the amount of energy consumed by using renewable energy technologies, changing the thinking and habits of the population, and expanding the energy management system throughout the county.  It was concluded that it is crucial to promote green procurement and the construction of low-consumption wooden buildings. The municipality will purposefully work on the transition to using renewable energy resources of local origin in heat supply and electricity generation. It is necessary to educate the population, incl. motivating the participation of Valmiera County industrial companies in moving towards a circular economy and reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

„Participation in the European Covenant of Mayors and the municipality's sustainable energy and climate action plan will be a tool for more successful attraction of external funding for improving the energy efficiency of buildings, introducing renewable energy technologies, as well as solving the energy crisis, energy poverty challenges and strengthening energy independence.”


The SECAP was created by VPR and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Romanian language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-valmiera-latvia/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
Disclaimer: The author of this content is solely responsible for its content, which does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union, and neither EASME nor the European Commission is responsible for any use that may be made of this content.

SECAP of Cēsis

14.766 (2022)
19,28 km2
2000: 62.689t
2030: 31.384t

Cēsis is a small town of 15, 000 inhabitants located in the north of Latvia. Surrounded by rural areas and natural parks, its economy is based mainly on food production, retail and small industries (manufacturing, transport). For now, the SECAP has been developed for the city of Cēsis, but at the end of 2022, work on developing the plan for the entire county has started.

Actions towards sustainable energy management

In 2016, the municipality of Cēsis County developed and approved its first Sustainable Energy Action Plan until 2020. Considering legislative changes and new goals set by the EU, this document has been revised, updated and supplemented with short-term, medium-term and long-term goals for 2022.

Accordingly to the SECAP, by 2030, the city of Cēsis will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to 2000. Cēsis adopted the year 2000 as the base year;  the household and industrial sectors were the largest consumers of electricity and natural gas. Centralised heat supply prevailed in Cesis, fuel - natural gas (mainly) and biomass.

The renewable energy target of Cēsis City is to reduce Co2 emissions by 50% compared to the base year (2000) by 2030 and to ensure that Cēsis municipal institutions, residents and infrastructure can adapt and withstand the risks caused by climate change.

The Impact of local political commitment on sustainable development

In the year SECAP was developed (2022), CO2 emissions had decreased by 33%, which confirms that the energy efficiency measures taken so far have a high-efficiency ratio. The industrial sector has a significant decrease, incl. centralised heat supply. Residential building insulation programs have already yielded effective results in reducing CO2, which is formed from thermal energy savings, and the effects of replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy resources, which are CO2 neutral. It is a result of successful political commitment and active action.

Mitigation and adaption

Climate mitigation and adaptation measures are focused on four groups: municipal infrastructure, housing, natural environment, transport and mobility. The municipality is firmly committed to integrating the climate aspect into the county`s planning documents.

Planned activities include improvement of wastewater management and successful rainwater management, development of blue-green infrastructure, improvement of early warning and forecasting system, use of materials and technologies that protect buildings from overheating, and other solutions.

„Climate change affects every citizen, affects the living environment and infrastructure. To reduce human impact and ensure safe and sustainable energy for the population, we have decided to focus more on mitigating climate change. Participation in the Covenant of Mayors will make it possible to strengthen the municipality's ability to adapt to the inevitable impact of climate change and to draw knowledge from the most experienced member cities." (Jānis Rozenbergs, Chairman of Cēsis County Council)


The SECAP was created by VPR and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Romanian language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-cesis-latvia/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
Disclaimer: The author of this content is solely responsible for its content, which does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union, and neither EASME nor the European Commission is responsible for any use that may be made of this content.

SECAP of Žďár nad Sázavou by ENVIROS

20.338 (2022)
37,06 km2
2000: 107.700t
2030: 56.800t

Žďár nad Sázavou is a town located in the Vysočina Region, near the historical border between Bohemia and Moravia. A significant part of the town extends into the Žďárské vrchy Protected Landscape Area. The town is situated at an elevation of 580 meters above sea level and is traversed by the Sázava River. One notable landmark in the town is the Church of St. John of Nepomuk, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Emission Reduction

The town aims to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 2000. All the proposed measures have the potential to reduce emissions by up to 47%. Basic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions include efforts to reduce energy consumption in municipal-owned buildings. This includes the insulation of the hospital, Okružní and Brodská kindergartens, window replacements, and lighting upgrades in several other schools and municipal buildings. There is significant potential for utilizing waste heat from the Relax Center (sports hall). The potential for installing photovoltaic power plants on public buildings is 400 kWp, with the largest roof being that of the local elementary school.

Investments in the modernization of the district heating system are crucial. This involves projects aiming at heat loss reduction and subsequently replacing the primary fuel source, which is still coal.

The municipality will also support households in replacing coal boilers, house insulation, and the installation of photovoltaic systems on residential homes through promotional campaigns for available national wide subsidy schemes.

Adaptation to Climate Change

The greatest risks for the town due to ongoing climate change are heatwaves, droughts, and potentially extreme rainfall and floods. Planned adaptation measures include expanding street tree lines, implementing permeable pavement strips, renewing existing parks, and creating water absorption areas. Several measures, such as shading and rest areas, are proposed for the hospital complex. Green roofs are recommended for the elementary school and kindergarten. Within parks, the creation of ponds or the revitalization of ponds is advised. In industrial areas, it is suitable to create retention reservoirs to capture rainwater, which can then be used for irrigation purposes.


The SECAP was created by ENVIROS and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Romanian language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-zdar-nad-sazavou-czech-republic/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
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SECAP of Hradecký venkov by ENVIROS

19.600 (2000)
410 km2
2010: 62.286t
2030: 31.371t

The SECAP has been developed for the Hradecký venkov region, which encompasses 38 small municipalities, each with its own local government. The entire area is located west of the city of Hradec Králové in the Královéhradecký Region at an elevation ranging from 280 to 320 meters above sea level. The region is characterized by its agricultural nature and picturesque landscape, featuring fields, meadows, and forests.

Emission Reduction

Individual municipalities within the Hradecký venkov region plan to implement a range of measures targetng publicly owned buildings. Among the significant identified opportunities for reducing energy consumption are the reconstruction of kindergartens in the municipalities of Neděliště and Číbuz. Another major project involves the renovation of the school in the municipality of Mžany, as well as the school in the municipality of Libčany. In the municipality of Hoříněves, up to 310 MWh per year can be saved through insulation and reconstruction of four residential buildings. Overall, the municipalities can establish photovoltaic power plants on 44 buildings with a total annual electricity production capacity of 1200 MWh. Similar amounts of electricity can be saved by modernizing public lighting and transitioning to LED technology. Household energy consumption, primarily in single-family homes, accounts for a significant portion of energy usage in the region. For these households, the establishment of an information center and a campaign to improve access to subsidy programs focusing on insulation and renewable sources are being considered. These measures can also help combat energy poverty and contribute to the practical development of community energy schemes.

Adaptation to Climate Change

Based on a risk and vulnerability analysis, the most probable risks identified are associated with rising temperatures and risks related to heavy rainfall, floods, and inundation. In areas with higher urbanization, the vulnerable parts are more susceptible to high air temperatures and overheating. Additionally, the region's specifically varied terrain poses a significant risk of flash floods. Selected measures include specific flood prevention measures, shading elements, revitalization of playgrounds, as well as the revitalization of swimming pools and ponds.


The SECAP was created by ENVIROS and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Romanian language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-hradecky-venkov-czech-republic/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
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Meet the CEESEN Founders: Alba Local Energy Agency (ALEA), Romania

Alba Local Energy Agency – ALEA – established in 2008 with the support of Intelligent Energy Europe programme – is a nongovernmental and nonprofit organization that contributes to the sustainable development of Alba County - Romania by improving the current situation in energy efficiency, energy management and energy use from renewable sources.

Involvement in more than 15 European projects under different programmes; these projects cover areas such as sustainable energy in buildings (nZEB), efficient public lighting, rational use of energy in homes, developing the capacity of local communities to use renewable energy sources, achieving a regional energy observatory, support for public authorities to develop and implement sustainable energy and climate action plans, green public procurement, sustainable urban mobility and promoting the use of electric vehicles.

ALEA aims on one hand to become a competent body in promoting sustainable development in Alba County by reinforcing the current energy status, and on the other hand to be a decisive factor in changing the mentality of people as energy consumers. ALEA is also member of FEDARENE and founder member of CEESEN network.

Main objectives of the agency:

  • Formulation of energy policy at county level.
  • Support given to local authorities in the development and implementation of local action plans for sustainable energy and climate.
  • Promoting energy efficiency projects in economic entities, buildings belonging to public institutions, housing, public utility systems.
  • Promote the implementation of systems for producing energy from renewable sources in Alba County.
  • Raising awareness and educating intelligent energy both citizens and decision-makers from local government and the private sector.

Since its establishment, ALEA recommend itself by:

  • Contribution to the realisation of The Energy Masterplan of Alba County – the first county-level in Romania having issued the environmental permit;
  • Supporting more than 30 Romanian municipalities that signed the Convention of Mayors – the European large-scale initiative – in the creation and implementation of their Sustainable Energy (and Climate) Action Plans;

Alba Local Energy Agency  Alba is a recognized supporter by the European Commission regarding „Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy” initiative, assuming its promotion at national level and provide full technical support to signatory municipalities; This support covers the initial analysis of energy consumption and the monitoring (inventory of energy consumption and CO2 emissions) identifying local resources of renewable energy, implementation of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans – SECAPs, reaching towards ensuring complete management of these processes.

Since this year, ALEA became country expert and national hub for EUCF initiative.


SECAP of Český Krumlov by ENVIROS

12.400 (2000)
22,17 km2
2012: 73.281t
2030: 43.870t

Český Krumlov is a city located in the South Bohemian Region. The city is traversed by the Vltava River and sits at an altitude of 492 meters above sea level. Historically, it served as the residence for numerous influential Czech nobles. The medieval center of the city attracts a significant number of tourists and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992.

Emission Reduction

The city's objective is to decrease CO2 emissions by at least 40% compared to the 2012 levels by 2030. Additionally, the city aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. To accomplish this, a comprehensive set of measures has been devised, which can directly or indirectly impact the city. Notably, the proposed measures include energy saving measures for city-owned buildings. Specifically, the Municipal Theatre will undergo an extensive renovation involving a complex renovation of the heating systems and a thermal insulation of the building. Moreover, the city plans to save energy by insulating the elementary school building, enhancing insulation in kindergartens, and, importantly, replacing outdated lighting with modern LED sources in all structures. Outside of the historic center, the city will install photovoltaic power plants on public buildings' roofs. The combined capacity of these installations is estimated at 1400 kWp, with the largest project being the installation of photovoltaics on the bus station's roof.

Apart from its own initiatives, the city will support energy-saving and renewable energy production measures implemented by households or local entrepreneurs. This support will be offered through grant consultancy services and the establishment of regulations for new constructions.

Adaptation Measures

Ongoing climate change presents various risks to the city. The most probable risks include increasing temperatures and their impact on residents' health, as well as the potential for heavy rainfall and floods. Particularly vulnerable groups include children, senior citizens, and tourists. To address these risks, the plan outlines several concrete measures. These measures encompass the installation of public drinking fountains in areas with high pedestrian traffic, tree planting in commercial and industrial zones, the creation of a new park in the Nádražní predměstí district, and the integration of green (natural-based) elements within kindergartens.


The SECAP was created by ENVIROS and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Romanian language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-cesky-krumlov-czech-republic/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
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SECAP of Sveti Juraj na Bregu by MENEA

4.929 (2021)
33,17 km2
2019: 6.384t
2030: 3.582t

Municipality of Sveti Juraj na Bregu is located in the western part of Medjimurje county and is characterized by its rich natural potential. It belongs to the medium-sized municipalities. The municipality consists of 9 settlements and it is one of the most densely populated in Medjimurje county. The development and structure of the municipality are conditioned by its proximity to the Town of Čakovec which is the main centre of the county.

Mitigation

In order to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 % in the municipal area by 2030, 16 measures have been defined in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources for the building, traffic and public lighting sectors. Mitigation of the negative effects of climate change includes implementation of various solutions that contribute to the improved energy efficiency, increasement of the use of renewable energy sources and solutions that contribute to the creation of a sustainable society. Most of the measures are related to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the building sector, because they represent one of the most important segments in the implementation of energy efficiency and climate change mitigation measures.

The implementation of all proposed measures requires significant financial resources (almost 67 million euros) with the aim of achieving annual savings of 16,698 MWh and a reduce of CO2 emissions by 2,802 tCO2.

Energy poverty

Energy poverty is considered to be a big problem around the EU and in the Republic of Croatia since a large number of people are facing it. Energy poverty is caused by a combination of the following factors: low-income, high-energy prices and low energy efficiency in the household. Due to the high share of energy costs in the household overall budget, energy-poor households reduce their expenditures to meet their basic needs (food, heating, lights, etc.). According to the Croatian Bureau of Statistic on poverty indicators and social exclusion in 2019, the poverty risk rate was 19.3%.

Adaptation

Extremely high temperatures, heavy precipitation and droughts are the most important natural disasters with the highest degree of the risk in terms of frequency of occurrence and the dangers they cause. An increase in the intensity of those natural disasters is predicted in the future. The most common occurrence in the municipal area are storms with hail. Future climate change could potentially increase the negative effects in various systems in Republic of Croatia, including Municipality of Sveti Juraj na Bregu.


The SECAP was created by MENEA and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Romanian language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-sveti-juraj-na-bregu-croatia/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
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SECAP of Nedelišće by MENEA

11.050 (2021)
58,33 km2
2019: 21.644t
2030: 12.954t

The Municipality of Nedelišće is located in the northern part of the Republic of Croatia. Municipality is the third largest local government in Medjimurje county. In the municipal area operate more than 200 entrepreneurs. The proposed measured to reduce CO2 emissions within the framework of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) consists of clearly defined measured for the period up to 2030, with the aim of reducing the emissions by at least 40 %.

Mitigation

In order to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 % in the municipal area by 2030, 19 measures have been defined in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources for the building, traffic and public lighting sectors. Proposed measures include promotion activities, education, raising awareness and investing in renewable energy sources.

Public buildings are the most important segment for implementing energy efficiency and climate change mitigation measures. Since the largest share of CO2 emissions in the municipal area belongs to the building sector, the majority measures (14) are related to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the mentioned sector.

The implementation of all proposed measures requires a significant financial resources (almost 67 million euros) with the aim of achieving annual savings of 57,986 MWh and reduction of CO2 emissions by 8,689t CO2.

Energy poverty

Energy poverty is considered to be a big problem around the EU and in the Republic of Croatia since a large number of people are facing it. Energy poverty has a long-term consequences for citizens health, social status and education.

According to the Croatian Bureau of Statistic on poverty indicators and social exclusion in 2019, the poverty risk rate was 19.3%. The defined measures within the SECAP will be useful in establishing a sustainable solutions for raising awareness related to energy poverty.

Adaptation

The risk of natural disaster is more frequent in the observed area through extremely high and low temperatures, short-term and heavy precipitation with short-term flooding of certain residential and agricultural areas of the municipality, and through droughts and windstorm.

Future climate change could potentially have large negative effects in various systems in Republic of Croatia, including Municipality of Nedelišće, with only a few long-term positive effects.


The SECAP was created by MENEA and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Romanian language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-nedelisce-croatia/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
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SECAP of Abrud by ALEA

4.968 (2022)
25 km2
2008: 24.494t
2030: 11.022t

The city of Abrud is situated in Alba County, which is located in the central part of Romania's Centru Development Region. The municipality spans an area of 25 km2 and is traversed by the Abrud River. It includes five settlements (Abrud, Abrud-Sat, Gura Cornei, and Soharu), with a total population of 4,968 inhabitants according to the 2021 census. This results in a population density of 198 inhabitants per km2.

By joining the Covenant of Mayors, Abrud has expressed its commitment to contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Accordingly, Abrud has set a target of reducing CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030, while also increasing resilience to the negative effects of climate change. In pursuit of these goals, the municipality will adopt a rational approach to energy consumption and management at local level. Recognizing the importance of energy efficiency, the municipality will support and implement measures that promote the rational use of energy and adaptation to climate change.

The largest contribution to total CO2 emissions in the municipal area is attributed to the residential buildings sector, accounting for 81% of the emissions. It is followed by the transport sector, which contributes 9.52% to the total emissions. Emissions from the public lighting sector are nearly negligible, representing only 0.68% of the total. In the reference year of 2008, the observed sectors emitted a total of 24,494.00 tCO2.

The implementation of mitigation measures outlined in the SECAP will bring multiple benefits to the municipality. These measures will enhance the municipality's capacity to address the harmful effects of climate change and seize opportunities for economic and social progress. Additionally, they will facilitate the adoption of new financial mechanisms to implement energy efficiency measures and promote the use of RES, ultimately improving the quality of life for all residents. A total of 38 mitigation measures have been defined with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030. These measures primarily focus on energy efficiency and the utilization of RES in the buildings, transport, and public lighting sectors within the municipal area.


The SECAP was created by ALEA and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Romanian language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-abrud-romania/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
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SECAP of Baia de Arieș by ALEA

3.654 (2021)
79 km2
2008: 17.749t
2030: 7.987t

Baia de Arieș is located in Alba County, which is situated in the central part of Romania's 'Centru' Development Region. The municipality spans an area of 79 km2 and is traversed by the Arieș River. It comprises 6 settlements (Baia de Arieș, Brăzești, Cioara de Sus, Muncelu, Sartăș, and Simulești) with a total of 3,654 inhabitants according to the 2021 census. This results in a population density of 46 inhabitants per km2.

By becoming a part of the Covenant of Mayors, Baia de Arieș has shown its dedication to making substantial contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Considering this resolute commitment, the Municipality of Baia de Arieș has established a strong objective: the reduction of CO2 emissions by no less than 40% by the year 2030, concurrently fighting against the adverse impacts of climate change. According to these aspirations, the municipality will rationally use and manage energy consumption at local level. Furthermore, recognizing the importance of energy efficiency, the municipality will execute comprehensive measures such as rational use of energy, adaptation to climate change.

The residential buildings sector accounts for the largest share of total CO2 emissions in the municipal area, contributing 88.75% of the emissions. It is followed by the transport sector with 6.16% and the public lighting sector with a negligible 0.94% of the total emissions. In the reference year of 2008, the observed sectors emitted a total of 17,749 tCO2.

The implementation of mitigation measures outlined in the SECAP will bring multiple benefits. These measures will strengthen the municipality's capacity to address the harmful effects of climate change and capitalize on opportunities for economic and social progress. They will facilitate the adoption of new financial mechanisms to implement energy efficiency measures and promote the use of RES, ultimately improving the quality of life for all residents. A total of 47 mitigation measures have been defined with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030. These measures focus on energy efficiency and the use of RES in the buildings, transport, and public lighting sectors within the municipal area.


The SECAP was created by ALEA and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Romanian language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-baia-de-aries-romania/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
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SECAP of Câmpeni by ALEA

7.077 (2021)
86 km2
2008: 36.148t
2030: 16.267t

Câmpeni is located in Alba County, which belongs to the central part of Romania's 'Centru' Development Region. The municipality spans an area of 86 km2 and is intersected by the Arieș River. It comprises 22 settlements, with a total population of 7,077 inhabitants according to the 2021 census. This results in a population density of 82 inhabitants per km2.

By becoming a part of the Covenant of Mayors, Câmpeni has expressed its interest in contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Accordingly, the Municipality of Câmpeni has set a target of reducing CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030, while also enhancing its resilience to the negative effects of climate change. To achieve these goals, the municipality will promote the rational use and management of energy consumption at the local level. Additionally, the municipality recognizes the importance of energy efficiency and intends to support and implement measures that encourage the rational use of energy and adaptation to climate change.

The residential buildings sector accounts for the largest share of total CO2 emissions in the municipal area, contributing 79.33% of the emissions. It is followed by the transport sector, which contributes 10.91% to the total emissions. Emissions from the public lighting sector are almost negligible, representing only 0.34% of the total. In the reference year of 2008, the observed sectors emitted a total of 36,148 tCO2.

The implementation of mitigation measures outlined in the SECAP will bring multiple benefits to the municipality. These measures will strengthen the municipality's capacity to address the harmful effects of climate change and capitalize on opportunities for economic and social progress. Furthermore, they will facilitate the adoption of new financial mechanisms to implement energy efficiency measures and promote the use of RES, ultimately improving the quality of life for all residents. A total of 54 mitigation measures have been defined with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030. These measures primarily focus on energy efficiency and the use of RES in the building, transport, and public lighting sectors within the municipal area."


The SECAP was created by ALEA and supported by CEESEU project.


The entire document is available on the link below in Romanian language.

https://ceesen.org/document/secap-campeni-romania/

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
Disclaimer: The author of this content is solely responsible for its content, which does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union, and neither EASME nor the European Commission is responsible for any use that may be made of this content.