The Royal Scientific Society / National Energy Research Center has successfully completed the registration process for the municipalities of Jadaidet el Chouf and Monastir in the Covenant of Mayors for Energy and Climate Change, based in Brussels, after the submission and approval of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) for the two municipalities, the fruit of two years’ efforts.
The Covenant of Mayors Initiative for Energy and Climate Change was launched by the European Commission after adopting the EU Climate and Energy package in 2008, to help local authorities’ efforts in the implementation of sustainable energy policies. It aims to involve municipalities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and to follow the necessary measures to adapt to the effects of climate change until 2030.
The Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan includes preparing a reference line for greenhouse gas emissions within the municipality’s borders, conducting studies to assess the effects of expected climate changes, proposing measures and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and confront the effects of climate change on all sectors until 2030.
By joining the Covenant of Mayors, municipalities will have more credibility and better opportunity in reaching donors and receiving grants or investments from funding agencies, international donors, financial institutions and/or the private sector.