The main goal is to improve security of municipalities energy supply by enhancing energy efficiency, reducing their dependency on fossil fuels and contributing to climate change mitigation in their respective areas.
The local authorities that are partners of the project – Novogrudok, Republic of Belarus, Sumgaiyt, Azerbaijan, Somoniyon, Tajikistan and Taraz, Kazakhstan will be encouraged and supported to implement a more sustainable local energy policy by joining the ‘Covenant of Mayors’ principles, rules and goals.
Partners will develop Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs), in accordance with the established format available within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors, but also taking into consideration the specific characteristics and needs of the participating cities. The exchange and the adoption of best practices within European cities, members of the Covenant of Mayors is a real point of strength of the project strategy.
The SEAPs will become a new tool for the local energy management, based on a common, replicable and transferable methodology. In this regard, quantification and treatment of relevant parameters of energy consumption and CO2 emissions to be done are: electricity, residential and public; heating, civil and public; public and private transport, industry, etc. Other components which govern and influence the energy use and daily behaviours, awareness raising activities, local and national legislation and training of local experts are also addressed.