CoME EASY is a project funded by the European Commission in the framework of Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to support and extend the engagement of local public authorities on their pathway towards a sustainable, smart and responsible energy and climate policy according to the EU 2030 climate targets.
It aims at synchronising EEA certification instruments to other EU initiatives like the Covenant of Mayors about energy and climate policies to accompany more and more tuned municipalities in their 2030 performance
Programme: Horizon 2020
Project acronym: CoME EASY
Project duration: 36 months, starting from May 2018
Lead partner: SPES Consulting, Italy
Taking into account the existence of a multitude of internationally approved and experienced initiatives supporting local authorities in improving their energy and climate performances, their overlaps and respective unique features, CoME EASY aims at bringing some of the most popular, suitable and compatible approaches together.
The project aims at enhancing synergies, overcoming barriers and creating an all-inclusive, comprehensive, user-friendly and effective open support package. Its objective is to tune up the European Energy Award’s tools and procedures to the requirements of the Covenant of Mayors, ISO standards and the Smart Cities and Communities program in order to strengthen the municipalities' commitment to EU targets and to ensure a monitored, effective implementation of action plans at local level.
CoME EASY project consequently does not aim at involving municipalities in a new initiative, but at elaborating a synthesizing, simplifying and strengthening element to successfully connect existing ones, facilitating multi-commitment and cross-fertilisation.
By joining strengths and benefits of several initiatives, CoME EASY aims at facilitating
- the daily operational work of local authorities in their ambitious path toward EU targets
- 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
- capacity building and benchmarking.
The project will carry out a pilot test developing SECAPs (including Emissions Inventories), KPIs dashboard, best practices library and Energy Management Systems with Ambassador municipalities and experienced advisors. Their contributions and feedbacks will be collected and the package will be finalized based on cocrete experiences and needs. The developed open support package will then be disseminated to all interested municipalities in all participating countries, paving the way for large use of these facilitating tools and procedures.
In total, at least 95 municipalities will be supported with 6 million inhabitants, while the capacity building action will involve 150 advisors, 300 municipal staff and more than 500 stakeholders.
The CoME EASY 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 partners' active involvement and the networks of the initiatives involved.