SEACAP 4 SDG delivers the Local Living Lab training on public building renovation in Spain


During the last weeks the Spanish main partners of the SEACAP4SDG project, IREC and Instituto Valenciano de la Edificación (IVE), delivered the first session of the local training in collaboration with the Municipality of Lloret de Mar and the Municipality of Sax, selected as beneficiary of the support mechanism set up by the project in Spain. The training was held online during the period 01 - 22 March 2023, and it saw the participation of specialists from the selected external entities Azigrene and ERF, which will assist the municipalities in the implementation of the actions planned, staff from both municipalities and representatives of the Girona Provincial Council.

We believe that the resources provided by the project can make a difference to update and improve its SEACAP in order to take into account the 2030 and 2050 objectives and that it can become an exemplary case that will function as a lighthouse for other smaller municipalities in the zone.

Lloret de Mar is a municipality of 38.941 inhabitants (year 2022) located at Costa Brava in Catalonia, in the north-east of Spain. The Municipality presents a series of characteristics linked to its great tourist activity and its geographical situation that make it a very particular case study, but which, at the same time, are not alien to the other municipalities of the Spanish Costa Brava.

During this session, IREC and IVE representatives aimed to increase learners' building energy performance by giving them the knowledge and proficiency to use advanced tools to plan and implement energy efficiency measures based on the capitalization Toolkit proposed by SEACAP4SDG project.
After reviewing the available tools, they selected the IMPULSE (Interreg MED 2014-2020) and EduFootprint tools to conduct pilot actions to be applied firstly in schools and if possible in other public  building. These tools will involve students and users to reduce collective energy consumption by implementing energy efficiency actions.

Our vision for the SEACAP 4 SDG project in 2023 targets economy sectors and citizens, and includes GHG mitigation, climate change adaptation, and just transition. We are currently studying which toolkits will help us throughout our vision, such as IMPULSE PLUS and EDUFOOTPRINT.

It is expected to obtain a new SECAP to be implemented before 2030 which pursues a 55% GHG reduction in 2030 and GHG neutrality in 2050. To address this challenging objective the city councils need to include citizens and the economic sector in the development of the plan.