Taking into account the existence of a multitude of internationally approved and experienced initiatives in this context supporting local authorities, their overlaps and unique features, CoME EASY aims at bringing the most popular, suitable and compatible initiatives together. The project aims at enhancing synergies, overcoming barriers and creating an all-inclusive, comprehensive, user-friendly and effective open support package, i.e. it’s objective is to tune up the EEA tools and procedures to the requirements of the Covenant of Mayors, ISO and others in order to strengthen the municipalities commitment to EU targets and ensure a monitored, effective implementation of developed action plans / SECAPs at local level.
CoME EASY project consequently does not aim at developing a new initiative, but at elaborating a synthesizing, simplifying and strengthening element to successfully connect existing ones.
By joining strengths and benefits of several initiatives, CoME EASY aims at
- facilitating capacity building and benchmarking, providing training materials, best practices and city KPIs,
- facilitating the daily operational work of local authorities in their ambitious path toward EU targets and
- facilitating the participation of public authorities in multiple initiatives seamlessly, enabling them to put together and follow their energy and climate action plans in an easier and more structured manner.
The project will carry out a pilot test developing SECAPs (including Emissions Inventories, KPIs, best practices) with Ambassador municipalities and experienced advisors to collect their contributions and feedbacks, finalize the package based on these experiences and further implement and disseminate the developed open support package to all interested municipalities in all participating countries, paving the way for large use of these facilitating tools and procedures; at least 95 municipalities will be supported with 6 millions inhabitants, while the capacity building action will involve 150 advisors, 300 municipal staff and more than 500 stakeholders.
The project will last from May 2018 until April 2021 and will be implemented by an international consortium, consisting of partners from seven European countries. The effects will go on after the project end thanks to the promotion and dissemination activity and some figures have been already provided for the impacts at 2030 based on the partners (EEA network) active involvement.