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The MESHARTILITY (Measure and share data with utilities for the Covenant of Mayors) project aims at the development of solutions and tools facilitating exchange of energy data between energy utilities and local authorities that are busy assessing local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and planning action to address this through energy savings, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. These solutions and tools will help cities, who are signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, to develop their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). 

Energy data issues to be explored:

  • data ”ownership” 
  • access to date 
  • quality of data 
  • regular update of data 
  • approach (if any) to top-down and bottom-up data correlation 

In order to develop a successful SEAP or a similar  local energy-related programme it is necessary to have detailed data on energy production and consumption in the territory of the municipality. In this way it is possible to identify which sectors cause the largest problems in terms of GHGs released, and determine in which sectors the sustainable energy transition can be implemented. This will support planning effective actions and measures in the local government operations as well as the whole community. 

Having access to reliable energy data will further enable municipalities to monitor the effectiveness of implemented strategies and plans. These data are usually generated by energy producers and providers (who offer the energy service to clients). They are often reluctant to provide information on energy production and consumption due to the consumer data protection, fear of the competition, etc. 

Yet, data that is required for a BEI and SEAP should not impact on these issues. Why? Local governments need aggregated data, ideally per sector – not disaggregated data per consumer. They need the data for governance issues, and can treat it as confidential if required. Therefore it is necessary to develop solutions and tools facilitating the sharing of energy data between energy utilities and local authorities, in a way that will create a win-win situation for both parties. 

Within the 1st year after the finalization of the SEAP each of the 72 municipalities will select and implement at least 2 actions envisaged in its Plan. The actions will lead to CO2 reduction, energy savings and the use of renewable energy sources, as well as they will mobilize new investments and create new jobs. The project partners will support the preparation of these actions by identifying appropriate financing sources and, if necessary, by developing investment plans.

Summary of each of the actions implemented will be published in “BEST PRACTICES” section in order to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for other European local authorities.

Funding
IEE programma
Duration
05/01/2012 to 04/01/2015

Staff involved

Marika Rošā
Marika Rošā
Project manager Board member
+371 67323212

Project partners