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Covenant of Companies for Climate and Energy
Important notice on pledging

Support services offered

Companies committing to the Covenant of Companies can benefit from an array of support services to help them enact their pledge.  

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The concrete pool of services that a company can receive depends on the level of ambition of their pledge and ranges from access to guidance material, peer learning and masterclasses to one-to-one technical assistance.

Support Resources

The Covenant of Companies provides a comprehensive set of support resources for companies. These materials include:

  • Criteria for science-based targets.
  • Guidance documents on performing an emission inventory, setting energy performance baseline, developing clean energy plans and implementing an accurate monitoring and reporting process.  The guidance documents will also describe and link to some suitable existing guidance documents and tools.
  • Examples of sector specific easy energy solutions, sector-specific energy action plans and monitoring and reporting process.
  • Overview of existing energy efficiency and renewable energy support in (selected) Member States and at EU level. This overview covers financial support schemes and capacity building schemes.
  • Overview of financing tools for clean energy research and innovation in Member States and at EU level.

Masterclasses

Companies pledging through the Covenant will gain access to a series of exclusive masterclasses from experts, including:

  • How to prepare for an Energy Audit
  • Solar energy: how to get started
  • ‘Energy efficiency: low hanging fruits’

More masterclasses will be announced soon.

Companies will also benefit from Peer Learning (through moderated online discussions)

Technical Assistance: tailored support for Bronze, Silver and Gold pledgers

Technical Assistance is closed, but pledging remains accessible.

‘Technical Assistance’ services provide companies having pledged to Levels 2, 3 or 4 with tailored support in addressing a particular element of their decarbonisation journey. Candidates can choose from a range of advisory services in the course of the application process.

Companies can indicate which service they wish to receive via the online technical assistance form once they have committed to Bronze, Silver or Gold level. 

All applications will be carefully reviewed by the Covenant secretariat. The secretariat will identify a shortlist of entities to be invited to receive support through the Technical Assistance programme. Upon acceptance into the programme of Technical Assistance, the scope and details of the assistance to be provided will be agreed between the entity and the Covenant of Companies’ secretariat in a formal signed agreement. Entities will then work through their tailored course of assistance with the Covenant’s technical experts.

Within the current CCCE Initiative timeline, technical assistance can be provided for to up to 100 entities (within the second call, technical assistance will be provided up to 75 companies). This assistance is intended to cover a variety of aspects of the energy transition, including social, legal, regulatory, financing and technical assistance. The technical assistance is provided to entities based on the two calls for technical assistance which represent separate processes and are not connected:

  • the first call – June 2022–April 2023: the call for applications was launched on 15 June 2022 and closed on 30 September 2022. The Technical Assistance was provided between October 2022 and April 2023.
  • the second call – May 2023– ongoing: the call for applications opened on 8 May 2023 and remains open until 31 October 2023. Applicants will be informed about the results as soon as their application has been evaluated. Applications are being evaluated subject to the eligibility criteria. If you are interested in all the other services, such as the masterclasses and support materials, you will still be able to apply beyond 31 October 2023.

Have you pledged already? Apply for Technical Assistance here. Only pledgers with a password will be able to access this form.

Not pledged yet? Click and commit!

Completion of the Technical Assistance programme

Technical Assistance will be provided based on the tasks and timing defined in the Technical Assistance agreement with each successful applicant. All Technical Assistance will be provided remotely by the Covenant’s Brussels-based experts. Upon completion of the programme, the participating entity will receive a short report that summarises the process and result of the Technical Assistance. The report can be confidential, public or shared with relevant third parties, depending on the decision of the beneficiary.

All details about CCCE Technical Assistance are available in the CCCE Guide for Applicants for Technical Assistance.