The Smart Energy Municipalities Project (SEMP) funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) aims to support the four Albanian pilot communities of Berat, Shkodra, Korça and Permet on their path towards a sustainable energy and climate policy.
Based on a feasibility study, the SEMP is assisting the four municipalities in planning, managing and monitoring their energy policies in an integrative and sustainable manner by introducing an energy management system. The project is also supporting them in reducing municipal energy consumption through energy efficiency initiatives, in implementing the national energy objectives and strategies at the local level and in minimising negative environmental impacts.
To achieve these goals, ENCO collaborates with national and international partners as well as national and local authorities to develop a local energy management system and implement it throughout the pilot communities. The system is based on the methodology of the European Energy Award and is adapted to Albanian laws and the particular circumstances of Albanian municipalities. The system component is complemented by the tailored expansion of local and national authorities’ capacities, a strengthening of relevant institutions, awareness-raising initiatives and the design and implementation of specific energy efficiency projects in collaboration with the pilot municipalities.
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Managing director, project leader, partner since 2016
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