Italy is the European country with the highest number of municipalities participating in the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) initiative with more than 3300 signatories. Over the years, SOGESCA has gained considerable experience in supporting the development of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) at a national level. Very often, however, the development and implementation of SEAPs in cities clashes with an absence of internal expertise, a scarce availability of financial resources and a lack of organisational capacity. With the project 50000&1 SEAPs, coordinated by SOGESCA, and co-financed by the Intelligent Energy Europe Program, an innovative approach was launched in the energy management of local authorities. The adoption of an Energy Policy, together with the development of a methodology linked to the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems (EnMS) has ensured a process of institutionalisation of SEAPs in participating municipalities: 41 throughout Europe, 4 in Italy.


The Horizon 2020 Compete4SECAP project aims to improve the energy management of Local Authorities according to the ISO 50001 EnMS methodology, and at the same time to provide support to participating municipalities on the identification of risks deriving from climate change. Italian municipalities participating in the activities of the C4S project will be supported in the development of their own EnMS and in their adhesion to the new CoM for Energy and Climate, in particular through the integration of mitigation and adaptation policies with a view towards an international competition on energy efficiency and the rational use of resources.