Action Plans for Public Investment (APPI)

As stated by art.5 of the Directive 2012/27/EU: “each Member State shall ensure that, as from 1 January 2014, 3 % of the total floor area of heated and/or cooled buildings owned and occupied by its central government is renovated each year to meet at least the minimum energy performance requirements that it has set in application of Article 4 of Directive 2010/31/EU”. The buildings with the poorest energy performance have to have a priority for energy efficiency measures, where cost-effective and technically feasible. Even though the Directive is addressing mainly to Central Government, it is also said that Member States shall encourage public bodies, including at regional and local level, and social housing bodies governed by public law, with due regard for their respective competences and administrative set-up, to:

(a)    adopt an energy efficiency plan, freestanding or as part of a broader climate
        or environmental plan, containing specific energy saving and efficiency objectives and
        actions, with a view to following the exemplary role of central government buildings;
(b)    put in place an energy management system, including energy audits, as part of the
        implementation of their plan;
(c)    use, where appropriate, energy service companies, and energy performance contracting
        to finance renovations and implement plans to maintain or improve energy efficiency in the
        long term.

The Methodology for the Action Plans for Public Investment (APPI) developed in SEAP_Alps project provides an approach to be followed at local level.

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On 31 May 2015 the SEAP_Alps project will be finalized, and the partnership looks back to numerous fruitful results and good cooperation. The objective of the project was to promote energy planning at local level, boosting the capacity of project partners in supporting small and medium municipalities in the drafting of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).

Signatories of the Covenant of Mayors voluntarily commit to increasing energy efficiency and the use of sustainable energy sources in their municipality. More than 6000 local authorities are part of the European initiative. They do not only use the political signal strength at the European level, but also instruments free of charge to achieve their ambitious climate objectives.

Energy efficiency of public buildings contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions and is one the measures in the preparation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP). In the framework of the project SEAP Alps the measures will be achieved together with local authorities, stakeholders and energy agencies. By 2020 municipalities will provide an enormous contribution to the reduction of CO2.


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