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CoME EASY develops tools for progressive municipal energy policy

CoME EASY uses new tools to draw together the value created by various strong initiatives and to align communities with the EU’s climate objectives

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At the European level, ENCO has worked with the CoME EASY project since May 2018 to harmonise the European Energy Award (eea) with other tried and tested energy and climate policy management initiatives. This project aims to provide communities with powerful tools for effective energy management to support them in reaching their goals.

Cities and communities play a fundamental role in the global battle against climate change and the successful transition to clean forms of energy. Municipal authorities work closely with residents and are therefore ideally placed to identify local opportunities and implement relevant measures. Also, national energy and climate objectives cannot be met without strong commitment at the local and community level. Cities and communities therefore need to emerge as leaders in implementing sustainable energy policies – and they need to be supported in this challenge. While there are already various initiatives providing this type of support, they all use different approaches, reference different targets, address different sectors and deliver different support structures.

CoME EASY is designed to synthesise the various existing methodologies in order to bundle the strengths of selected, internationally tried and tested initiatives. To do this, the project promotes the development of tools which connect and harmonise the Covenant of Mayors (an initiative of the European Commission) and the European Energy Award above all, but which also consider ISO standards and Smart Cities and Communities. The goal is to ensure that local authorities are able to draw on the value added by these various initiatives at little additional expense to achieve even stronger results in their energy and climate policies.

In the first stage of the project, 18 ambassador communities from all over Europe have worked with CoME EASY tools to test them for their added value, usability and user friendliness. The final tools will be made available to interested communities free of charge via the open CoME EASY platform.

The project is being implemented over a period of 36 months. CoME EASY is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

As part of the project, we are tasked with the following:

  • Development of a comparative study and analysis of European climate policy management initiatives (including CoM, EEA, ISO standards, Smart Cities and Communities, among others) as a basis for developing the new tools
  • Support for and coordination of participating ambassador communities in Switzerland
  • Lead management of project communications. Coordination and production of communication tools such as the project website etc.

Project team

Maren Kornmann

Managing director, project leader, partner since 2016

Thomas Fink

Project leader, partner since 2018

Nina Dausch

Project team member

Christof Janke

Project leader

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