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New SIMPLA guidelines for harmonising sustainable energy and mobility plans

  • environment
  • mobility

New guidelines published by SIMPLA, the project offering local authorities an innovative, comprehensive approach to bringing together their energy and mobility plans, provide a practical, step-by-step tool to guide the harmonisation process vital to the long-term efficiency of these plans.

Energy production-consumption and mobility are two interconnected elements that have an important role to play in European socio-economic urban development. The energy (SECAP) and mobility (SUMP) plans adopted by local authorities are therefore pivotal to the achievement of EU sustainability targets. However, the sectoral designation of these plans has proven inefficient in delivering long-term solutions.
The SIMPLA (sustainable integrated multi-sector planning) project has now created a set of guidelines for bringing together energy and mobility planning. Local authorities in six SIMPLA national focal points are going to implement the guidelines' step-by-step methodology with the aim of developing improved, harmonised energy and mobility plans.
The process for harmonising SUMPs and SECAPs has five steps. In the first step the initiation process is explained, while in the second all the planning activities are specified, such as the initial assessment, involvement of stakeholders and creation of the work plan. The third step consists of the actual implementation of the harmonisation activities, such as the sharing of common datasets, vision and monitoring timeframe between SUMP and SECAP plans. Finally, the guidelines indicate how to assess progress of the harmonisation process as well as how to update and continue it.
You can read more about the SIMPLA guidelines here.