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Covenant of Mayors: The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing efficient use of energy and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020 - www.eumayors.eu

Pact of Islands: The Pact of Islands is a parallel to the Covenant of Mayors movement involving island authorities voluntarily committing to increasing efficient use of energy and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. The Pact of Islands tools take into account the particularities of European island communities. By their commitment, Pact of Islands signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020 – www.islepact.eu

SEAP: Sustainable Energy Action Plan. A tool that assists a community to understand how much energy it uses, how much CO2 emissions is responsible for, to set targets and to define the actions to achieve them. A template is provided by the Covenant of Mayors; you are free though to use a different template.

i-SEAP: Island Sustainable Energy Action Plan. A tool that assists an island to understand how much energy it uses, how much CO2 emissions is responsible for, to set targets and to define the actions to achieve them. A template is provided by the Pact of Islands; you are free though to use a different template.  

Cities and rural areas: Some bibliography and references may refer to cities or local governments but this can still be informative for rural areas, and communities, too; the educational material is prepared to help you understand the processes and the resources required to put in place in order to meet your targets. While reading, if a suggestion or advice does not seem to apply to your case, it can still be valuable if you try to adapt it to your situation.

Islands and island authorities: The Covenant of Mayors and Pact of Islands initiatives were designed for European local and regional authorities inviting them to commit to increase energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. Consequently, the energy planning process is usually the responsibility of an authority and of its staff. Many European islands though do not have local level administration on the island. In this case, the energy planning process can be taken over by the local community or by individual people living on the island or connected to the island in any way. In the latter cases, if a section of the training material refers to an administrative structure that do not exist on your island, don’t skip it; read it anyway in order to get the picture of the process described there and when you prepare the energy planning for your island, if you still need guidance your SMILEGOV contact will assist you.

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