Guidebook ‘How to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP)’

Local Authorities play a key role in reducing CO2 emissions across Europe and in tackling Climate Change. This is because over half of greenhouse gas emissions are created in and by cities. 80% of the population lives and works in cities, where up to 80% of energy is consumed. Therefore, the need for Local Authorities to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) is clear.

Sustainable Energy & Climate Action Plan Guidebook

This Guidebook aims at supporting local authorities in the European Union (EU) Member
States, joining the Covenant of Mayors for Energy and Climate (2030 target). The present
guidebook provides detailed, step-by-step guidance to local authorities to develop an
effective SECAP. Particular focus is put on:

• Defining the key elements of the initiative
• Elaborating a Baseline Emission inventory (BEI)
• Performing a Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment (RVA)
• Developing a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP)
• Supporting the implementation and monitoring of the SECAP.

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (CoM) is the mainstream European
voluntary movement involving local authorities in the development and implementation
of sustainable energy and climate policies. The CoM is intended to complement the national Climate Change strategies and plans with a specific initiative to support cities. The
initiative aims to convene local authorities voluntarily committing to implement
sustainability policies on their territories. Harmonised data compilation, and methodological and reporting frameworks to translate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction
ambitions into reality, are provided to local authorities. CoM includes both climate
mitigation and adaptation aspects and is built around three pillars:

— Mitigation (at least 40% emission reduction target by 2030 compared to the baseline)
— Adaptation to Climate Change
— Access to secure, sustainable, and affordable energy

The commitment of signatories is then translated to concrete actionable plans and measures in the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan. Signatory cities accept to report and monitor their implementation of the SECAPs. Cities also commit to allocating sufficient human resources to the tasks, mobilising society in their geographical areas to take part in implementation of the action plan, including networking with other cities.

The above text is paraphrased from the Executive Summary of the Guidebook. The entire book can be downloaded as a pdf below. To learn about how energy data from the Data4Action project, can help with a Local Authority’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) click here.

Also, see the energy data for Carlow, Kilkenny, and Wexford by clicking on the corresponding county.

Renewable Energy Investment Webinar

For those that missed it or wish to view it again, click here for the Renewable Energy Investment Webinar from the 4th of February 2021 hosted by Southern Region Assembly. Links to the individual speakers can be found below.

With ambitious targets being set by The Southern Region Assembly for renewable energy, a multi-faceted approach is necessary. To achieve this, buy in will be required from a number of stakeholders from the public sector, private sector and community groups.

This webinar highlights the renewable energy targets set for the country, and the region while also discussing how we plan to achieve these targets and the challenges that need to be overcome. In this webinar, we look at the steps being taken to develop a renewable energy strategy so the region can move towards a low-carbon, sustainable economy and eventually, net zero emissions.

Speakers include key policy setters like Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan, and Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council Joe MacGrath. As well as industry experts such as Chairperson of Renewable Energy Ireland Marie Donnelly and the Assistant Director for Southern Regional Assembly Kevin Lynch.

To learn more about the European Initiative to encourage renewable energies in the North-West European region see our piece on The EU Project.

Also, click on each County’s link to check out the most recent breakdown of energy use in Carlow, Kilkenny, and Wexford.


  1. Kevin Lynch – Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy… 7:48/2:45:06
  1. Eamon Ryan TD – National Renewable Energy Policy and Ambition… 26:00/2:45:06
  1. Marie Donnelly – Renewable Energy in the Southern Region… 53:36/2:45:06
  1. Joe MacGrath – Local Authorities: Tipperary County Council Investment and Approach to Renewable Energy Projects… 1:22:41/2:45:06
  1. Laura Heuston – Innovative Finance for Renewable Energy Projects (Case Study) … 1:44:11/2:45:06
  1. Elias J. Spreiter – Municipal Authority and Citizen Investment in renewable energy projects in Hessen, Germany (Case Study) … 2:02:39/2:45:06
  1. Gregg Allen – Community Investment in renewable energy projects in the Southern Region… 2:22:53/2:45:06

Regional Workshop 1 “How energy data can influence a number of factors from local economic plans, Sustainable Energy Action Plans and Usage of Consumption”

  • Workshop objective: Highlight the importance and need for the Local Authority to obtain accurate energy data in order to develop, monitor and report for SEAPs
  • Target group: Local Authority, Utility providers and wider community
  • Method: Presentations by Industry experts followed by Q&A and discussion

On the 3rd of June 2015, Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency hosted our first Regional Workshop for the Data4Action project. The event was attended by many stakeholders interested in energy planning, energy management and using data to more accurately help them in their decision making process.

A number of organisations including CKEA gave presentations regarding energy data and how energy data can influence a number of factors from local economic plans, Sustainable Energy Action Plans, Usage of Consumption.






Regional Workshop 2 “How energy data can influence Sustainable Energy Action Plans and partner collaboration for observatories”

  • Workshop objective: Highlight the regional energy observatory and its use in monitoring SEAPs for Local Authority, also, looking to create a collaboration agreements
  • Target group: Association of Irish Energy Agencies
  • Method: Presentation, followed by Q&A and discussion

On Thursday 02/07/2015 Jonathan Griffin (CKEA) presented a workshop to The Association of Irish Energy Agencies (AIEA) on the Data4ction project.

Partner Collaboration

Partner collaboration is crucial to the success of the Observatory, it is key for the project to build an effective partnership with stakeholders to gather energy data for the Observatory.

The data4action project will aim to:

Provide a platform to enable stakeholders to SHARE Energy Data to improve sustainability!

  • Support knowledge transfer and replication in other European regions;
  • Holistic approach to sharing energy data between utilities and industry to improve public authorities’ access to energy data for a better design and monitoring of SEAPs;
  • Actively demonstrate energy data exchange collaboration models that are currently ‘in action’ in the twelve European partner regions;
  • Real time data available on the Regional Energy Observatory, which through the partners’ collaboration will be constantly evolving and improving the Observatory dashboard information for all;
  • Effectively mobilise public authorities and energy data providers in a win-win partnership.


Data4Action Presentation_AIEA

Data4Action Newsletter 1 – News from Ireland

Data4Action, which aims to foster win-win energy data exchange collaboration models between public authorities and energy data providers, keeps you informed on the latest development of the Intelligent Energy Europe project.

This issue amongst others includes:

  • INTERVIEW Thomas Brose, Climate Alliance
  • DATA4ACTION Regional Roundtable, Ireland
  • First Steps to Development of Regional Data, Ireland
  • What’s New – Listen to your colleagues from other Public Regional Council
  • Information systems for sustainable energy and mobility planning
  • Oreges, the observatory of the
  • Rhône-Alpes Region

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Data4Action Newsletter 2 – News from Ireland

Data4Action, which aims to foster win-win energy data exchange collaboration models between public authorities and energy data providers, keeps you informed on the latest development of the Intelligent Energy Europe project.

This issue amongst others includes:

  • Partnerships with Data Providers
  • The Covenant of Mayors: Local Energy Data for SEAPs
  • Exchanging local energy data:  Interview of ERDF
  • Second EU Meshartility Roundtable: Energy Data Exchange
  • First Steps to Step Up an Energy Observatory
  • A Partner’s Perspective
  • Local News

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Data4Action Newsletter 3 – News from Ireland

The third edition of the Data4Action Newsletter covers the following topics:

  • EU roundtable on Energy data sharing. Promoting sustainable energy. Data quality to support local action
  • Data Management Models— Peer learning workshop. DATA4ACTION partners share their views on energy data access
  • Regional Data Management Models— Peer learning workshop. Plovdiv Peer Learning Experience Data4ction Project Partners
  • Case Study in Setting Up an Energy Observatory— ANERGO — Alba Local Energy Agency Energy Observatory
  • Local News – from Carlow Kilkenny

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