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MODULE 2.1: SECAP Development

Assess status and explore use of tools and methodologies


The Deming cycle represents a good synthesis of the SECAP process and it’s useful to implement a SECAP in a view for continual improvement.




Review your SECAP - action plan and process

  • A SECAP is a process that should be monitored and revised whenever necessary, and especially after new GHG inventory + scenario - see module GHG emissions
  • Revising a SECAP could mean:

    • Revising a single action (new resources, targets, indicators of performance)
    • Revising a set of actions (introducing a new sector not included before, introducing more actions in a certain sector following the results of a new GHG baseline – see module GHG emissions)
    • Revising and/or reinforcing the political commitment of the LG according to new BEI and/or new political frameworkRevising the LG structure managing the SECAP (energy climate team, procedures for internal cooperation, roles and responsibilities, external consultants, etc.)
    • Revising the internal capacity building process (level of internal and external competences, training actions, etc.)
    • Revising/introducing a monitoring scheme (tools and procedures, roles and responsibilities, involvement of the political/management level at some point)
    • Introducing a more significant involvement of stakeholders in the implementation and monitoring phase (steady consultation tables, etc. - see module stakeholders involvement)
    • Improve internal and external communication (staff should be informed and the community should be informed and engaged)


Enhance the scope of your SECAP

Industry, Private Households and Mobility represent the largest part of your community’s emissions.

  • Add new sectors:

    • Any sector that has not been talked so far is a good sector to be talked this time
    • Industry: now that you have a better grip on your community’s emissions, it might be the right time to involve/increase the role of local industrial entrepreneurship

  • Improve target setting in sectors

    • Private households: make sure that your actions to engage them are realistic and well-targeted (buying groups, better purchases of energy-using and energy-related products, incentives and restrictions in building codes, etc. see dedicated modules).
    • Engage households in monitoring and reporting their energy consumption  (ie. through web portals and local competitions)
    • Mobility is also a tricky sector as monitoring and evaluating actions in terms of reduction of GHG emissions is not simple and sometimes it’s near to impossible. The more real data on mobility aspects you can get, the easier it will be to evaluate the results of your actions. Actions to monitor the real traffic flow in your LG could be one of the ways to acquire real data.
    • All actions should include innovative targets, such as new green jobs created etc.

Institutionalisation of the SECAP: investigate the integrated energy management system (EnMS) and relevant methodologies / tools

  • Institutionalising a SECAP means to allow a participated action planning process to enter the political and technical sphere of the LG and to make the results of the process influence the following policy-making and technical decisions in a long-term perspective. This is done, among other things, by actively involving each LG service and office in the SECAP and setting your energy and climate service directly under authority of highest politician or director of services
  • Nevertheless, to ensure the institutionalisation of the SECAP, the political approval and supervision is not sufficient. It is necessary to have clear internal procedures as to energy action planning.
  • In some countries/LGs energy action planning is a standard process with standard procedures (steering committees, clear roles, technical groups, periodic reviews, etc.)
  • In some cases, standardized energy management schemes can support the internal structuring of the LG and the SECAP process in all its phases
  • There are several international schemes:


To learn more, please see:

•    Success stories: “Why integrate a Sustainable Energy Action Plan with an Energy Management System?”Link

•    Technical guidelines: “Guidelines on how to develop a Sustainable Energy Action Plan integrated with an Energy Management System based on ISO 50001:2011 Link



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