New synchronizing CoME EASY tools have been developed. They build upon the identified compatibilities and mutually reinforcing merits of various energy and climate policy management initiatives, including the European Energy Award, the Covenant of Mayors and the standards ISO 50’001 and ISO 37’120. The tools have been embedded as additional features into the eea Management Tool EMT and are the following:
- Benchmarking Tools
- Calculation Tools and Facilitators
- Training Materials and Guidelines
Through its synthetizing approach CoME EASY project is bringing together various internationally approved initiatives supporting local authorities which use different indicators to measure the municipal performances. These measurements, based on predefined key performance indicators, enable to reliably assess a city’s strengths and weaknesses and to monitor its progress.
The CoME EASY Open Platform will provide a Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set that is compliant with the main initiatives the project is aligned with and the main systems in use at EU level. This KPI database hence could be exportable and reused as gateway to enter the multiple commitment and benchmarking.
While energy is the main field of interest of the project activity, CoME EASY still follows a holistic and integrated approach including many other issues linked with the sustainable and smart vision. Hence the selection of the KPIs set follows the structure of the eea management tool (EMT) model, but also contains indicators that exceed a mere energy reference in the sense of the smart vision and the UN SDGs and takes into account a more inclusive perspective on sustainable development .
The KPIs set sectors are:
- Strategy and Planning (linked with eea area 1)
- Public Authority and Governance (linked with eea areas 2 and 5)
- Energy and Climate (linked with eea area 3)
- Mobility (linked with eea area 4)
- Prosperity (partially linked with eea area 6)
The indicators selected are generally easy to work out and the sectors have both, mandatory and optional fields.
Best Practice Library
The Best Practice Library provides a selection of best practices from involved cities and from interested networks for incitement and replication. The best practices can be sorted by municipality, theme or reference to the eea catalogue of measures.
Core of the CoME EAsy project is the development of supporting tools & materials. Main outcome are the the Emission Path tools. The Emission Path Tool (EPT) is a set of closely related tools that is based on the Baseline and Monitoring Emission Inventory (BEI/MEI) according to the Covenant of Mayors’ methodology. The EPT also includes a Scenario Calculator and the Energy and Emission Reduction Path Assessment Tool (EERPAT).
The BEI and MEI as a standardized data collection process provide the foundation of the EPT. The Tool includes an energy accounting and GHG calculation screen mirroring SECAP balancing (BEI/MEI), interfacing with community tools and SECAPs.
The Scenario Calculator provides the possibility for the municipality to enter diverging scenarios, which allow analyzing paths and strategies under different assumptions (e.g. population growth). With its scenario functionalities the tool supports planning of energy efficiency and climate measures in Focus Workshops as part of the eea quality management.
Energy and Emission Reduction Path Assessment Tool (EERPAT)
The EERPAT enables the comparison of ambition and effectiveness of one chosen reduction path, the primary reduction path, with national/regional and European reduction paths. It displays historic BEI/MEI results as well as future reduction paths and evaluates the ambition of planned as well as realized reduction paths compared with national and EU goals.
SECAP Creator and ISO Facilitator
The SECAP creator and ISO facilitator provide the coupling to CoM respectively ISO 50'001 Energy Management System:
The SECAP creator is developed to enable local authorities to enter CoM exporting/importing data already available from the other tools and the eea in suitable formats. The ISO facilitator is designed to assist local authorities in meeting the requirements of ISO 50001.
Two further supporting tools in excel have been developed:
- The Mitigation Calculator is an aid for the calculation of the impacts of the most common measures included in SECAPs. It is based on emission inventories values and national standards.
- The Buildings Database: this structures database aims at collecting information about buildings stock in compliance with ISO requirements.
Presentations, guidelines and videos to train municipal staff will be made available. In addition handbooks and guidelines on energy and climate policies in Europe are presented.
Access Training Materials and Guidelines on CoME EASY and the project tools in our library (will follow soon).