The eea processes and tools have proven successful in 25 years of implementation in the various member states. A bottom-up approach, in which national/regional eea offices submit proposed changes to the Association European Energy Award AISBL, is applied in order to ensure that these processes and tools are continually improved.
79 Climate and energy measures
A municipality’s scope of action regarding energy and climate protection policy covers the areas shown below. The eea process ensures that all activities in each of these areas are systematically determined, assessed, continually checked, co-ordinated and precisely implemented. This evaluation is done with a standardised catalogue of measures that compromises 79 measures. Each measure is allocated a maximum number of potential points, which can be adjusted depending on the municipality’s scope of action, which in turn is determined by its size, structure and competencies.
6 Areas of Activity
These 79 energy and climate policy measures grouped into six municipal areas of activity, namely Development and Spatial Planning; Municipal Buildings and Facilities; Supply and Disposal; Mobility; Internal Organisation; Communication and Cooperation.
Competitive online processing tool
The eea-Management-Tool (EMT) is the online processing instrument of the catalogue of measures for all participating municipalities.
The EMT offers eea municipalities the following benefits:
- Overview of all of the municipality’s past, current and planned energy and climate policy activities
- Ideas for future energy and climate policy activities
- Monitoring of ongoing performance improvements
- Automatic generation of progress reports
- Automatic generation of diagrams illustrating the municipality’s strengths and weaknesses and development
- Central management of all relevant documentation
- Concurrent processing by internal staff and external advisors
Within the framework of the European Energy Award quantitative and qualitative indicators are used.
The eea works for its international benchmark with a system of 79 qualitative indicators (degree of implementation of the 79 measures, see above). To enable a fair benchmark they are relative to the scope of action of every community.
The European Energy Award Management Tool (EMT) is also used to collect information on specific energy and climate policy indicators, for example a municipality’s CO2 emissions and total energy consumption, as well as less aggregated indicators such as the number of registered cars and the portion of green power in the total power consumption.
The collection of indicators within the EMT offers eea municipalities the following benefits:
- Overview of all of the municipality’s key energy and climate policy indicators
- Automatic generation of diagrams on the development of these indicators
- International comparability of indicators (as the same set of indicators is used internationally)
The national European Energy Award programmes are embedded in broader national energy and climate protection policy programmes. These programmes offer a wide range of additional tools for the implementation of energy and climate protection activities to the municipalities. Among many others these may include:
- Tool to monitor the energy consumptions
- Examples of procurement guidelines, issuing of inovative construction permits
- Communication toolbox for the integration of stakeholders
- and many more
For more information on national tools contact your national European Energy Award office.