Looking at the SUMP guidelines, Step 2.3.4 is closely related to Phase II ‘Rational and transparent goal setting’ - Step 6 ‘Develop effective packages of measures’ - Activity 6.1 ‘Identify the most effective measures’, Activity 6.2 ‘Learn from others’ experience’, Activity 6.3 ‘Consider best value for money’ and Activity 6.4: Use synergies and create integrated packages of measures.
Looking at the guidelines ‘How to develop a Sustainable Energy Action Plan Guidebook part 1’, relevant actions are dealt with in chapters 8.2 ‘transport’.
One of the intervention areas of a SECAP is mobility. The harmonization process should therefore lead to a total correspondence between the mobility actions included in SECAP and the actions described in the SUMP.
The harmonization team is advised to refrain from just copying and pasting the actions described in the existing SUMP into the SECAP and vice-versa. First of all, the consistency of the sections described in SUMP should be checked against the new harmonized objectives and some of the mobility actions included in the SECAP could be included in the SUMP.
But this is just the starting point of the harmonization of actions. Synergies and correlations between different actions should be checked and could require some additional measures. In general terms, SECAPs and SUMPs should be thoroughly revised in order to identify repercussions on and connections to mobility aspects in energy actions and vice-versa.
Analysing the objectives in both SECAP and SUMP will help the harmonization team in the identification of joint actions that can be beneficial to both plans. The following is a possible operational methodology to address this step.
Verify that all the actions contained in the SUMP have a correspondence in the SECAP in the section Transport & Mobility and vice versa. In case of total absence of one or more actions or differences with respect to the description of similar actions, propose modifications and additions in order to make the plans aligned.
Analyse all the actions of the SECAP, trying to understand which (especially outside the Transport & Mobility section) can have significant impacts on the SUMP and the related indicators. On the basis of previous analysis results, propose changes and additions to the SUMP so that the plan can take into account these influences. If necessary, propose also a reformulation of the actions contained in the SECAP, so that the relevance for the SUMP is more accentuated. Report a brief summary of the activity in to the policy-maker.