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The MESHARTILITY (Measure and share data with utilities for the Covenant of Mayors) project aims at the development of solutions and tools facilitating exchange of energy data between energy utilities and local authorities that are busy assessing local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and planning action to address this through energy savings, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. These solutions and tools will help cities, who are signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, to develop their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). 

Energy data issues to be explored:

  • data ”ownership” 
  • access to date 
  • quality of data 
  • regular update of data 
  • approach (if any) to top-down and bottom-up data correlation 

Logo Porozumienie BurmistrzowThe Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency 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.

In order to translate their political commitment into concrete measures and projects, Covenant signatories undertake to prepare a Baseline Emission Inventory and to develop and implement a Sustainable Energy Action Plan outlining the key actions they plan to undertake.

More information about this ambitious bottom-up initiative may be found at:

 In order to develop a successful SEAP or a similar  local energy-related programme it is necessary to have detailed data on energy production and consumption in the territory of the municipality. In this way it is possible to identify which sectors cause the largest problems in terms of GHGs released, and determine in which sectors the sustainable energy transition can be implemented. This will support planning effective actions and measures in the local government operations as well as the whole community. 

Having access to reliable energy data will further enable municipalities to monitor the effectiveness of implemented strategies and plans. These data are usually generated by energy producers and providers (who offer the energy service to clients). They are often reluctant to provide information on energy production and consumption due to the consumer data protection, fear of the competition, etc. 

Yet, data that is required for a BEI and SEAP should not impact on these issues. Why? Local governments need aggregated data, ideally per sector – not disaggregated data per consumer. They need the data for governance issues, and can treat it as confidential if required. Therefore it is necessary to develop solutions and tools facilitating the sharing of energy data between energy utilities and local authorities, in a way that will create a win-win situation for both parties. 

Described challenges will be addressed by the IEE-funded MESHARTILITY project by:

  • exploring ways to improve cooperation between municipalities, their supporting structures (e.g. Covenant Coordinators and Supporters) and utilities for more effective energy planning;
  • creating and implementing a systematic cooperation scheme between local governments (LGs) and utilities;
  • developing, implementing and monitoring of SEAPs based on reliable data in 72 selected municipalities in 12 countries;
  • making results widely available, including good practice on data sharing.

Expected results:

  • Analysis reports on the EU and 12 national legal frameworks on data sharing.
  • Survey results on data sharing practices across Europe.
  • Support and guidance booklet on dealing with community data at the municipal level.
  • 72 municipalities supported in developing their community baseline CO2 emission inventory with reliable data.
  • At least 144 actions implemented by the municipalities (2 actions per SEAP). 
  • Investment plans developed in all project areas.
  • Financial channels for SEAP implementation accessed.
  • An average of 5 million € investments triggered in each project area by the end of the project (ca. 65 million €).
  • Experiences and lessons widely shared to support and motivate others.

Who will benefit from this project?

The MESHARTILITY project addresses municipalities, energy utilities and their associations from 12 project countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain). They can engage in several activities, including:

  • helping to get a better understanding of legal and voluntary EU and National frameworks by sharing their expertise in:
    • 2 EU roundtables,
    • several National/Regional roundtables in each project country,
  • completing the survey that explores current practices relevant to data sharing,
  • sharing existing good practices on: data sharing, cooperation between LGs and utilities, SEAP development based on reliable data.




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