How do you finance your local climate and energy projects?

Rijkswaterstaat, Croeselaan 15, Utrecht, (Room: Domtorenzaal)

Target audience

Dutch local authorities that have a SEAP or another local climate and energy action plan, regional authorities, associations of local authorities and any other interested actors.

What this networking meeting's about

An increasing number of local authorities signed the Covenant of Mayors and prepared their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP). Now, these local authorities face the challenge of reducing their CO2 emissions by implementing the activities and measures defined in their SEAPs. All this in the context of the overall government budget cuts in the Netherlands and the Dutch Climate and Energy Strategy aiming only at 16 % greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction (compared to 2005) by 2020. 

Therefore, ambitious local authorities are increasingly under pressure to deliver sustainable energy actions and services in terms of quality and quantity, but with limited resources due to the current context. They are well aware that they need to use alternative financing sources and build closer partnership with the citizens and private sector. Dutch local authorities hang on to their climate ambitions and are more and more able to make sustainable business cases out of their climate policy.

To finance SEAP measures in the built environment efficiently via combination of grants, loans and public and private funding 


•- To incentivize citizens’ and local stakeholders and trigger private investments.

•- Set up effective partnerships.

•- To inform local authorities about experiences in different European cities related to alternative financing methods.

•- To present national and European programmes 

Participating municipalities will be encouraged to present their own SEAP measures to advanced municipalities and experts and get advice on financing their SEAPs. 

Two workshops will be held in Utrecht to build capacity for these cities. On Wednesday 24 September the focus of the workshop will be on transfer of knowledge and in the afternoon experts will give their view on case studies from the participating local authorities. The second workshop will be a follow up and will be held on the 5th of November 2014.

Programme and presentations



Utrecht, Netherlands

Organised by: Energy Cities, City of Utrecht, Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and Environment)

Location details: Rijkswaterstaat, Croeselaan 15, Utrecht, (Room: Domtorenzaal)

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