5 February 2020

31 European cities to share their success teaming up to save energy in public buildings

Over the course of 2019, 31 cities from eight European countries (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and Spain) have been working towards saving energy in nearly 100 buildings as part of the Compete4SECAP project. Each city has set up an Energy Management Team to implement Energy Management Systems (EnMS), as well as to develop and run an energy-saving campaign for building staff and users, with the aim to foster behavioural change and save as much energy as possible.


The teams were supported by the Compete4SECAP project with training and campaign materials, including a starter pack and Energy Saving Competition Handbook, an online tool for monitoring energy use, advice and energy saving tips. In order to recognise the success of the cities and share their experience, the project will host a final conference and award ceremony under the title ‘Teaming up for transformation: improving municipal energy management for integrated climate action’ on 18 June 2020 in Berlin (Germany), where the best teams will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Category 1: Highest Energy Savings
  • Category 2: Success in implementing the Energy Management System
  • Category 3: Best Country


The competition element adds a dimension of fun to saving energy for participants – approaching it as a game, with the potential nonetheless to make a serious impact on emissions reduction. Across Europe, buildings have a major impact on our changing climate, being responsible for about 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. As owners and managers of public buildings, municipalities have great capacity to affect energy consumption and reduce emissions – inspiring behavioural change among potentially thousands of staff and daily visitors.


The participating cities have not only made changes that will lead to long term energy savings, but the project is also helping them to upgrade their existing Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) to Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs), as part of the Covenant of Mayors’ expanded commitment to support cities in tackling both mitigation of climate change and adaptation to the impacts we are already experiencing.


For more information on the Compete4SECAP project, click here.

To register for the event, click here.