Supporting the participation of Sub-Saharan Cities in the Global Covenant of Mayors

The overall objective of the programme is to increase the capacities of cities to provide access to sufficient, sustainable and safe energy services to urban and peri-urban populations (specially the poor), with a special attention to energy efficiency as a driver for local and climate resilient development.

 The Covenant of Mayors, launched in 2008 by the European Commission is the main European initiative involving local and regional authorities in the fight against climate change and developing a more sustainable energy future for our cities. It is a voluntary commitment by signatories to meet and exceed the EU 20% CO2 reduction objective through increased energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources.
After the success of the programme in Europe and other regions around the world, the EU has now launched a four year programme to support sub-Saharan African cities. The programme known as CoM Africa SSA, will begin in 2016 with the support of 11 international and regional organisations including Sustainable Energy Africa. The overall objective of the programme is to increase the capacities of cities to provide access to sufficient, sustainable and safe energy services to urban and peri-urban populations (specially the poor), with a special attention to energy efficiency as a driver for local and climate resilient development.
SEA’s main task is to support the development of the Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs) which is an adaption from the EU Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SESAP) for the sub-Saharan African context.
To do this SEA will build capacity within the selected African cities by assessing the energy status quo and gaps, providing knowledge transfer and technical support for strategy development in order for them to achieve their objectives, the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy pilot projects as well as promoting city to city and north/south and south/south cooperation.

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Donor: European Union
Project timeframe: 2016 - 2019
Project manager: Peta Wolpe