SEAP Development in Western Denmark
Representatives of municipalities from western Denmark • Regional authorities • National authorities • Other stakeholders
In Denmark, progress on the Covenant of Mayors initiative has taken place mostly in the region of Zealand in the eastern part of the country. This ManagEnergy workshop targeted municipalities in the west of Denmark--Jutland and Funen.
The goal was to help enable these municipalities to take the appropriate steps toward Sustainable Energy Action Plans, while exploring how this process can best be supported at the regional level through cross-municipal experience exchange and the organisation of joint sustainable energy projects.
The organisers of the event--EC Network, together with Roskilde University--began by outlining methods and templates for SEAP development and by introducing the benefits of joining the Covenant of Mayors initiative. This was continuously supplemented by interactive plenum discussions as well as group work based on each municipality’s own situation.
A main concern among participants was funding; the workshop described several options for building a financially robust project.
The association of Danish regions’ EU offices (DAcoB) helped clarify how the availability of EU financial instruments can help local energy investments. It is also important to consider national supportive partnerships; for instance, participants were made aware of the green public procurement backing provided in partnership with the Danish government.
Central to the growth of a municipality’s SEAP is the sharing of knowledge and good practice; DAcoB shared opportunities to use the ManagEnergy and Regions202020 websites for this purpose. In addition, ‘State of Green’, a national dissemination platform, is also available to the Danish municipalities to maximise the profiling of Danish energy and climate activities on an international scale.
Two Danish municipalities--Solrød and Middelfart--shared their stories of success and good practice during the event.
Solrød’s SEAP entails an impressive 50% reduction of CO2 emissions before 2025, much of which will be achieved through a biogas project. Solrød joined the Covenant of Mayors in 2009 and has since gained access to external sources of funding because of their membership. They found that joining the CoM enabled them to be more ambitious in their energy saving goals.
Middelfart implemented an ESCO project in 2008 in which all of the municipality’s 100 buildings were renovated by a cooperating ESCO in order to save 21% energy. The EPC agreed between the municipality and the ESCO ensures a financially stable situation; if the energy savings do not reach what is projected, the energy company must contribute the remaining amount. Middelfart’s experience encourages trust in ESCO projects and shows that it is possible to establish a financially viable SEAP.
A combination of expert advice, plenum and group discussions as well as examples of good practice meant that participants were left buzzing with ideas for SEAPs and EPCs in their municipalities and how to share their positive experiences.
Organised by: Horsens Kommune, Central, South and North Denmark EU Offices
Event website: http://www.managenerg...
Name: Nils Daugaard
Telephone: +45 3250 8800