CES-MED and MoEWR organised a Training of Trainers for the preparation of SEAPS in the city of Tel Aviv, Israel

The CES-MED project and the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources (MoEWR) organised a Training of Trainers workshop in the city of Tel Aviv on April 23, 2017, in collaboration with Keren Energy and the Joint Research Center (JRC)
The ultimate objective of the training was to present the Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI) and Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SEAPs & SECAPs) methodologies, the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) and selected examples of successful SEAPs already prepared in Israel with an aim of replication at the national level. A team of 25 certified energy auditors coming from more than 20 regions from North and Central Israel and the city of Eilat attended the training which lasted for a day.  
Mr. Eddie Bet Hazavdi, Director of the Energy Conservation and Smart Cities department at MoWER and CES-MED Focal point in Israel, welcomed the participants; he delivered a welcome word on behalf of the Deputy General of the Ministry and wished the audience a successful day, stating that they were at the front of the actions and doings with the consumers and organisations and should implement the ideas with the stakeholders they are collaborating with. He presented, as well, an overview of the Energy Efficiency policy at national level including the financial support offered by the Ministry to the cities.
During the workshop, a message from Delegation of the European Union to Israel was conveyed with best wishes and support to the actions of CES-MED in Israel and to the efforts of Israeli municipalities who have prepared their SEAPs.
The workshop started with an overview of the CES-MED project since 2013, a presentation of its achievements, the details of its activities in Israel and the prospects of future activities in the 8 participating countries in the South Med Region. 
This was followed by an introduction to the Covenant of Mayors (CoM), and a technical presentation was delivered on the applied approach in preparing the comprehensive plans for the beneficiary cities in Israel. Participants were also introduced to awareness raising techniques and actions to promote SEAP projects and the cities’ visions.
In the afternoon session, the representative of the JRC’s Institute for Energy and Transport (JRC-IET) at the European Commission made an interactive technical session which included an exercise in using digitized SECAP template (BEI including BAU scenario’ detailing), prepared by JRC for the Covenant of Mayors; Other areas covered the prioritisation and quantification of the SEAP identified actions as well as the financing engineering of the action fiches. 
A technical discussion and a Q&A session followed, leading to a general recommendations and potential scenarios for future actions.