EnMS + SEAP approach
Joining the Covenant of Mayors
Area – 384 sq.km
Number of settlements – 13
Population - 7115 inhabitants (as of
Administrative centre – Chepelare (the
only town in the municipality)
Chepelare municipality is a year-round tourist destination
Here you can enjoy beautiful nature, a ski resort with more than 60km
of ski runs and meet friendly people.
You are always welcome!!!
WHAT IS A SEAP?
The Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) is a key
document that uses the results of the Baseline
Emission Inventory to identify the best fields of
action and opportunities for reaching the local
authority’s CO2 reduction target.
It defines concrete reduction measures, together
with time frames and assigned responsibilities,
which translate the long-term strategy into action.
SCOPE OF THE SEAP
The SEAP concentrates on measures aimed at reducing the CO2
emissions and final energy consumption by end users.
SEAP should include actions concerning both the public and private
The main target sectors are:
local electricity production
local heating/cooling generation
SEAP should cover areas where local authorities can influence energy
consumption on the long term (as land use planning), encourage
markets for energy efficient products and services (public
procurement), as well as changes in consumption patterns (working
with stakeholders and citizens).
SEAP TIME HORIZON
The SEAP has to contain a clear outline of the strategic actions
intended in order to reach the commitments in 2020 within the
Covenant of Mayors.
The SEAP may cover a longer period, but in this case it should contain
intermediate values and objectives for the year 2020.
The local authority may distinguish between:
a vision, with long-term strategy and goals until 2020, including firm
commitments in areas like land-use planning, transport and mobility,
public procurement, standards for new/renovated buildings etc.;
detailed measures for the next 3-5 years which translate the long-term
strategy and goals into actions.
Both the long-term vision and the detailed measures should be an
integral part of the SEAP
MAKING THE COMMITMENT
Informing the leaders of the institution about Europe 2020 and 2030
targets, the Covenant of Mayors initiative as well as the 50 000 & 1
Making the mayor and municipal council recognize the importance
and benefits of reducing CO2 /GHG emissions through reducing
energy consumption and implementing adequate energy management;
Chepelare Municipality has already joined the Covenant of Mayors.
SEAP elaboration and implementation requires human and financial
Local authorities may adopt different approaches:
using internal resources, for example by integrating the tasks in an
existing department of the local authority involved in sustainable
setting up a new unit within the local administration;
outsourcing (e.g., private consultants, universities etc.);
Chepelare municipality doesn’t have an energy manager.
sharing a common coordinator/s among several municipalities, in the
case of small-sized municipalities;
getting support from regional energy agencies or Supporting
Breaking down the tasks to be completed by each team member.
BUILDING A TEAM
SETTING THE BAR
Gathering energy consumption and CO2 emissions data from all
public institutions (hospitals, schools, kindergartens, municipal
buildings, lighting, public transport and others);
Some of the institutions might not keep or might not be willing to
provide data on energy use.
Gathering data on renewable energy production;
Systemizing the collected data for easy comparison, viewing and
Putting the values in the same units. Using tables and charts for easy
Assessment of the potential of energy saving and greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions reduction;
Defining the energy savings and carbon emissions saving areas.
CHOOSING MEASURES TO REACH THE
2020/ 2030 GOAL
Collecting ideas on how to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions;
Specifying the obligations of the municipality according to the
Bulgarian laws on energy efficiency;
Assessment of the idea’s potential and how much it will cost us.
Certain measures can deliver significant energy savings but at a rather high cost
for the municipality to undertake them.
In some cases urgent measures need to be taken.
Some projects are more likely to be financed by EU funds or national programs
supported by the Government;
Final selection of the actions to be included in the SEAP
CHEPELARE MUNICIPALITY STRATEGIC
Chepelare Municipal Council has approved the
following documents concerning energy
Municipal development plan;
Energy efficiency program;
Program for promotion of energy from renewable
sources and bio fuels;
SEALING THE DEAL
Foreseen financing sources for the SEAP implementation.
In order to be viable, the SEAP should include information on how
each specific action will be financed.
Developing the SEAP itself, including data collection, measures for
reducing CO2 emissions, Action plan with foreseen activates,
deadlines, responsible persons, etc.
Approval of the SEAP by the Municipal council
The SEAP will be proposed for approval to the city managers (mayor
and deputy mayors) and then will be adopted by the Municipal
SEAP IN ACTION
Involvement of the local community in the SEAP implementation;
Over 96 % of the housing in Bulgaria are privately-owned (over 97% in
People are not always willing to implement energy saving measures in
their residential buildings. For example “The national program for
energy efficiency in multifamily residential buildings”.
Legal and bureaucratic obstacles for implementing the actions;
Permits are required for the implementation of certain actions,
according to the national legislation;
ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
European Standard approved by CEN
(European committee for standardization)
on October 25, 2011.
It replaces EN 16001:2009
The ISO is the tool that is used to make
measurements and check-ups of the SEAP
The process always has a positive end.
Once started, it has to finish with a Certificate.
The attitude of the Auditors is positive or should be positive.
The certification process always includes two parts:
Preliminary Audit - General Check up;
Certification Audit – Essential Check up;
Тhe certification process can have a different price. It usually
depends from the following factors:
The certifying organization (collect more offers);
The scope of the certificate (physical boundary);
The number of the people in the organization;
FEW PRACTICAL TIPS FOR
CERTIFICATION OF ISO 50001:2011
Thank you for your attention!
Lazar Karamitev, Chepelare Municipality, Bulgaria
mob: +359 882 421 110