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4 Steps to Implement a Sustainable Energy Action Plan

  • March 14, 2017

A Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) is a document outlining a way to reduce carbon emissions through better energy use and generation. The SEAP has the potential to reduce utilities expense for residents and businesses as well as reap environmental benefits. The plan typically focuses on reducing carbon emissions by a certain percentage and by a certain year, outlining targets and responsibilities for each party involved.

Here are 4 Steps to Implement a Sustainable Energy Action Plan

Step 1: Research and Development

To implement the SEAP, first, the groundwork must be laid, which involves diagnosing key sectors and prioritizing actions. It is important to outline necessary resources needed and policies used, discussing these with all stakeholders and the community in order to gain support. This phase also includes identifying areas that are “easy wins” or sectors where energy reduction is simpler and can happen quickly. After all tools and measurements are in place, the SEAP can continue.

Step 2: Delivery and Scale

The second phase will include delivering the “easy wins” or the projects that see a significant reduction in energy use in a short time. These projects will then be scaled up for higher energy savings. In this step, larger projects will begin, with the support of the community and all stakeholders.

Step 3: Measuring Targets

At this point, it’s important to assess all projects, measuring them against the targets set. The smaller projects should have gained momentum, and the larger projects should be well underway to reducing energy use.

Step 4: Continued Dispatch of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan

The SEAP projects should continue along the set course, accelerating when necessary to meet targets. Projects that are not meeting requirements must be revised with the help of key stakeholders.

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The SEAP also entails third-party monitoring and reporting, which offers transparency for all involved. Through this control, the SEAP can be revised to ensure quality and quantifiable results.

Sources

http://iet.jrc.ec.europa.eu/energyefficiency/publication/guidebook-how-develop-sustainable-energy-action-plan-seap

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20220/economic_development/544/sustainable_economy/2