LIFE Unify consortium published lessons learned on developing and implementing SECAPs from the LIFE Unify Project

The LIFE Unify consortium publishes a document entitled “Planning climate action at the local level. Lessons Learned on developing and implementing SECAPs from the LIFE Unify Project“.

The document presents the experiences gained by LIFE Unify partners working at the local level on action plans for energy sustainable development and climate adaptation (SECAPs). The main conclusions and trends in the five EU Member States (Czechia, France, Poland, Slovenia and Spain) in the period from 2019 to 2021 were summarized.

In addition, the document lists proposals for accelerating local climate action, such as:

  • increased institutional support to municipalities, especially from the national level
  • more involvement of all political parties as well as increased public participation
  • adequate and consistent funding through established financial instruments, especially relevant for small municipal units

The importance of planning action plans for sustainable energy development and climate adaptation is growing every day as more than 70% of EU citizens are expected to live in urban areas by 2030. Therefore, EU local governments will play a fundamental role in accelerating climate action across the EU and fostering the necessary transformation into a decarbonised society.

Regions and municipalities will be the first to be affected by the climate crisis and are also the primary platform for citizen engagement. Therefore, they are best suited for developing efficient and tailored solutions through the development of sustainable mobility and transport, the use of renewable energy sources, encouraging own energy production and energy communities to support energy efficiency in buildings, and promoting green spaces in cities, sustainable food chains and more.

DOOR is one of the partners in the project “UNIFY: Connecting the EU in the field of climate action” funded by the LIFE program worth 2,772,365 euros, from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022. You can find HERE more information about the project.

Text source: https://unify.caneurope.org/2022/02/03/report-lessons-learned-on-secaps/