In the PATH2LC project public authorities are working together within the framework of a holistic network approach (so called learning municipality networks) with the aim to achieve low-carbon municipalities.

The core of the project activities are the SE(C)APs - Sustainable Energy (and Climate) Action Plans or similar climate protection plans developed by the municipalities. The PATH2LC project will foster exchange of existing knowledge and experiences among municipalities, enhance coordination among different administrative bodies within the municipalities, improve cooperation with local stakeholders and civil society and will equip stakeholders in public authorities with required planning and monitoring tools to develop and implement transition roadmaps for achieving the targets set in the SE(C)APs.

The holistic network approach intends to link stakeholders in public authorities among municipalities enabling peer-to-peer learning and to increase the engagement for the energy and climate transition. Policy makers and public authorities at local level are supported with scientific analysis and expertise in order to understand and implement their SE(C)AP measures. Five existing networks of municipalities in Italy, Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands and France are participating in the project.

A special interest of the project is to invite other municipalities to replicate the learning municipality network approach and take advantage of the knowledge base collected in the project.








Working paper on the analysis and assessment of SEAP/SECAPs measures


This paper reports the outcome of the analysis of the municipalities participating in PATH2LC and their Sustainable Energy (and Climate) Action Plans (SEAP/SECAPs). The analysis is structured in two main parts: first municipalities as assessed and compared against relevant structural and energy parameters to provide an overview of the municipalities’ ability and pressure to act regarding climate change and local air pollution.

Then the measures described in their SEAP/SECAPs are collected and classified by number and type of measures, areas of intervention (municipal, tertiary and residential buildings and equipment/facilities, public lighting, industry, transport, local electricity and heat/cold production, other), and targets for final energy consumption, energy supply, GHG and CO2 emissions.

Prepared by: Giulia Conforto (e-think)

Working paper on the comparison of targets defined in local action plans, national and EU 2050 targets


In this second part of the assessment, existing Sustainable Energy (and Climate) Action Plans (SEAP/SECAPs) are analysed regarding the targets defined and their relation to overall national and European 2030 and 2050 targets. Targets for emissions, renewable energy and energy efficiency are identified and collected in the available plans, then an harmonization formula is applied to make them harmonized by reference year, target year and unit of measure. Targets made comparable among themselves and with national and European targets, broken down to the municipality level, are eventually assessed.

Prepared by: Giulia Conforto (e-think)

SE(C)Aps: From municipal planning to concrete action


There is not only the possibility of different transition pathways but maybe also the need for them. Historically developed ways of finding solutions should be taken into account. In the end the most important thing is that actions happen. This does not mean that measures should be planned without thinking about consequences, but the fear of negative consequences should not prevent implementation.

Prepared by: Edith Chassein & Vivien-Sophia Frank - IREES