Covenant CapaCITY conference 18-19.9

Covenant capaCITY Conference

- Energy Action Planning made easy!

Are you starting up with your municipal Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP)? Do you want to know how to do this? What to consider? Where to get financing?

Experts will lead you through the process - sharing useful guidance, great ideas and tips on how to proceed with SEAP development and stakeholder involvement.  

When? 18 September 2012
+ study tour on 19 September 2012 (limited places for study tour!)

Where? Malmömässan in Hyllie, Malmö

What? 1 full day conference, offering practical advice on steps in developing a municipal Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP).
Great networking event — with 200-300 participants expected!

Who? Local governments, their associations and energy agencies:

  • Local decision-makers - mayors, deputy myors, councilors
  • Municipal staff — all departments, junior and senior
  • Local government associations and networks
  • Energy agencies: local, regional, national

The conference will be held in English.

The conference will also be web-streamed live — register here to receive the login information before the conference.

This event takes place in the framework of the IEE co-funded project Capacity building of local governments to advance Local Climate and Energy Action — from planning to action to monitoring (Covenant capaCITY) (Contract number — IEE/10/389)

Capacity building of local governments to advance Local Climate and Energy Action — from planning to action to monitoring" is a 3-year project, co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme. It started in June 2011 and runs until May 2014. The mid-term conference in Malmö targets municipal officers and politicians with presentations of experiences made in the project and examples of other successful projects in climat- and energy planning.

Tuesday 18 September - Draft programme

The programme may be subject to changes.

09:00 — 09:45   Registration and coffee

09:45 — 10:05   Welcome by host
Milan Obradovic, Chairman of the Environment Committee, City of Malmö
Event Moderator: Per Grankvist, Sustainability expert and author

10:05 — 11:00 PLENARY 1: Why is climate protection and sustainable energy necessary?

This first session explores important issues that impact on cities and towns, and highlights why the link to the green economy agenda and quality of life are sounds underpinning factors for local governments across Europe.

Introducing Covenant capaCITY and support offered to municipalities  & their partners
Presentation by: Maryke van Staden, Project Coordinator, ICLEI Europe

Climate change & sustainable energy: understanding the context & need for local action
Presentation by:  Rian van Staden, Principal Consultant, Intelligent RE

Triple benefits of local action: exploring the green economy agenda, improving quality of life and sustainable local development
Presentation by: Zealand region, Denmark (tbc)

Panel discussion: “It makes sense!" — political leaders exploring benefits of local action
Atanaska Nikolova, Deputy Mayor European Policies, Environment, Burgas, Bulgaria
Alessandro Zan, Councilor for Environment, Padova, Italy
Helena Hecimovic, Councilor, Koprivnica, Croatia

11:00 — 12:00   PLENARY 2: Whatis a Sustainable Energy Action Plan?What are your needs?

Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) offer a great opportunity to initiate a comprehensive strategy in your community. Yet, they can also represent a real challenge both in the planning, implementation and monitoring phase. This session will focus on practical guidance and share some support options.  

The SEAP process in practical steps — where to start and what to consider
Presentation by: Marco Devetta, Sogesca, Italy

What support does the Covenant of Mayors Help Desk offer?
Presentation by: Pirita Lindholm, Covenant of Mayors Office  

Cool resources: Online Toolbox and Local Energy Action Plan WIZARD
Presentation by: Giorgia Rambelli, Project Officer, ICLEI Europe

Question time to audience: What support do you need?

12:00 — 13:30   Networking lunch

13:30 — 14:10     PLENARY 3: How to identify and solve problems in the start-up phase?

Joint session with Cascade project. Finding funds to develop an emissions inventory and action plan, and then to implement and monitor  actions is essential for all municipalities. What are the options beyond improving energy efficiency - as the cheapest energy? What other key challenges have municipalities overcome when they started with local climate and energy action?

Money, money, money: Financing options for cities and towns
Presentation by: Roman Doubrava, DG ENER (virtual presentation)
Cascade project: panel discussion: Technical experts share experiences in
starting local planning — identifying problems and finding useful solutions


  • Simone Tola, Senior Project Manager for Sustainable Energy Planning, AGIRE, City of Venice
  • Agnes Haehnel-Schoenfelder, Head of the Climate Protection Centre, City of Mannheim 
  • Birmingham (UK), (tbc)

14:10 — 15:10   PLENARY 4: Where  can you get support for your GHG inventory and SEAP development?   

There are many different issues to be considered when you start with a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory and outline a local action plan. Your municipality does not necessarily have the required technical expertise in all areas. Explore with us what is available and where you can get assistance.

Dealing with data challenges when conducing a Baseline Emissions Inventory (BEI)  
Exchange between a municipality & the  Meshartility project aiming to find

Understanding local governments´ needs and where to get support — the key role of Covenant Coordinators and Supporters
Presentation by: Miriam Badino, Province of Genova, Italy, coordinator of the ENERGY for MAYORS project

Energy agency support and cooperation — creating a  win-win relationship to stimulate the local green economy
Presentation by: Anders Nylander, Skåne Energy Agency, Sweden

Question and answer  time

15:10 — 15:50   Coffee break

15:50 — 16:35   PLENARY 5: How can you promote what you do? How can you prove it is effective?

It is important and very useful to show that your municipality is making an impact — towards your Council, your citizens, local businesses and others. How best to shape and send the right messages to the appropriate actors are investigated here.  

Awareness raising of your community: sharing the right messages
Presentation by: Rachel Jones, Act on Energy, United Kingdom

National networking platforms to encourage exchange and synergies
Kinga Kovacs, Energy Cities, NET-COM project coordinator

Question and answer  time

16:35 — 17:20   PLENARY 6: How can stakeholders be involved effectively in a win-win approach?

Many different groups should be engaged in the SEAP process right from the start — this is a key to success. Who should be involved, and how can one do this? These elements will be explored in this session.

ENGAGE — how to involve local citizens to play their part in building a sustainable energy future  
Presentation by: Sohie Kim-Hagdahl, Environmental Coordinator,  City of Växjö, Sweden

IMAGINE your involvement in local climate action — a cool approach to engaging citizens  
Presentation by: Elena Anastassova, Dobrich Municipality, Bulgaria

17:20 - 17:35 Conclusion by event moderator and Covenant capaCITY project coordinator

17:40  Conference ends

Invitation: take time to visit the Tutankhamen exhibition

20:00 — 22:00   Mingle Buffet — a great networking opportunity hosted by the City of Malmö 

Wednesday 19 September: Covenant CapaCITY Study Tour

Limited number of participants, pre-registration available in the conference registration form.

8.30 Registration and Coffee at Hyllie Infopoint (located in Malmö Arena)

9.00-10.00 Presentation about the development of Hyllie - the Climate Contract, the energy model etc, by Tor Fossum Malmö City Planning Office(tbc)

10.10 The bus leaves for Copenhagen

10.50-11.50 A presentation about the Carlsberg area in Copenhagen

12.00 lunch and a bus trip back to Malmö

13.30 Guided tour in  Western Harbour (tbc)

15.00 Coffee break and a bus trip to Sege Park

15.30 Guided tour and presentation of Sege Park - an old hospital area were sun energy has become a visual upgrade of the buildings

16.40-17.00 The study tour ends in the city centre of Malmö