ManagEnergy Workshop Paris, France

6 October 2011

Quantification and reporting energy/climate in the Covenant of Mayors, with a focus on the standard approach of the SEAP Guide

This workshop was organised by Energy Cities in association with the French Club of Covenant of Mayors signatories and the 4th Parisian energy & climate days, which were organised by the City of Paris.

The territorial approach of energy and climate issues is at the heart of Covenant signatories’ concerns. It is necessary that local authorities:

  • Re-appropriate the knowledge of energetic flux that come upstream and downstream through them, with the quantification of local consumptions and emissions;
  • Use this knowledge to develop a shared territorial strategy.

Any policy can be evaluated with measuring and monitoring. For this reason, signatories of the Covenant of Mayors must conduct energy and emissions inventories. 127 French local authorities have so far signed the Covenant of Mayors.

The “Grenelle II” requires local authorities of more than 50,000 inhabitants to implement “Plans Climat Energie territoriaux” (Energy Climate Plans). This workshop gives local authorities, the Joint Research Centre, the Covenant of Mayors Office and consultants the opportunity to share their experience. The objective is to identify difficulties and breakthroughs in order to optimise everyone’s know-how.


  • Discuss in a practical way the quantification and reporting of energy consumption and GHG emissions with a view to preparing Sustainable Energy Action Plans.
  • Involve accredited associations for air quality monitoring (“Atmo France” Federation) in a discussion focusing on tools that use the “standard approach” of the Covenant of Mayors' SEAP Guide.
  • Highlight the future expectations of local authorities and local stakeholders.

The key target groups were: French signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, as well as French Covenant of Mayors supporting structures. 38 participants from French local authorities that are signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, representatives from ADEME and RARE (network of regional energy agencies), as well as a number of speakers, attended the workshop.

Workshop Conclusions

The presentations and Q&A session with Lucie Blondel from the Covenant of Mayors Office and Ronald Piers de Raveschoot from the Joint Research Centre addressed questions from signatories who encounter technical difficulties filling in the SEAP template. The questions focused mainly on: the evaluation process of the PAED of the JRC; the SEAP approval by the municipal council; and the flexibility of the calculation method. The experience from Nantes Métropole was a concrete example, which was appreciated by participants, that highlighted the main steps and problems they encountered while submitting their SEAP. Participants expressed the need to link the SEAP to the PCET (Energy and Climate Plan) in order to make the preparation of SEAPs easier. They also asked the JRC to be more flexible with regard to the requirement of the council deliberation.

During the afternoon, two initiatives using the standard approach of the SEAP Guide were presented by Atmo Alsace and Atmo Franche Comté: the OPTEER tool that facilitates the creation of detailed energy maps; and the realisation of the city of Colmar's SEAP, which required the development of an energy database.

The last session focused on the participation of citizens and local stakeholders in cities’ plans and actions through the ENGAGE campaign coordinated by Energy Cities that involves citizens and stakeholders in the construction of a sustainable energy future, and the “Acteurs du Paris durable” that highlights the best environmental practices carried out by individuals, companies, associations, schools, administrations, and artists in Paris. Through these initiatives the need to involve all citizens and stakeholders in order to reach the city’s energy and climate objectives was emphasised.

On the whole, this ManagEnergy capacity building workshop enabled French signatories to share their difficulties and present their solutions to the COMO and JRC, and also presented an opportunity for networking between the participants.


"Such discussions with concrete examples are always very instructive despite the differences between cities."
(anonymous, from the workshop satisfaction survey)

"In a similar way as for calls for proposal for PCET (Energy & Climate Plan) in regions, I think that the Covenant of Mayors represents the great ambition of local authorities concerning the implementation of action plans."
(anonymous, from the workshop satisfaction survey)

Workshop Programme and Presentations

Objectives of the day

Submit a Sustainable Energy Action Plan

  • The Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) and the Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI): what is required? (in French with English)
    Part 1: SEAP
    Part 2: BEI
    Ronald Piers de Raveschoot, European Commission – Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Focus on the standard approach of the SEAP Guide

  • Participation of citizens and local stakeholders

Workshop photos

Maison de l'Europe, Paris

Paris Europe Info

Sylvie Lacassagne - Energy Cities, Patrick Lefèbvre - ManagEnergy Initiative, Lucie Blondel - Covenant of Mayors office, and Ronald Piers de Raveschoot - European Commission Joint Research Centre

Laura Guérin and Sylvie Lacassagne - Energy Cities, Benjamin Pauc and Stéphane François - Atmo Franche-Comté and Pascaline Clair - Atmo Alsace

Benjamin Pauc and Stéphane François - Atmo Franche-Comté and Pascaline Clair - Atmo Alsace