Bert Serneels
18.05.2020 12:14
Climate budget
SECAP Development

How do you make an estimate of the budget your city or municipality will be spending on climate and on the actions in the SECAP? For some measures, it is quite clear, such as planting trees: you could count the entire budget as a 'climate budget'. But for other measures, such as investing in bicycle roads, you can only partly say that this is a climate measure. The same goes for staff costs: only part of what a civil servant does, can actually be attributed to climate action. CoM asks us to make an estimate of investments, operational and staff costs linked to the SECAP, how do others go about calculating this? And do you mention it in the SECAP or keep it separate? Any tips?

    Nathalie Garré

    For the estimates, WVI uses the long term budgets from municipalities (meerjarenplanning) and any additional information that can be provided. If the action is contributing to reaching climate goals, the entire budget is taken into account. This detailed information is not put into the SECAP itself, but in the online platform when submitting the SECAP to the CoM Office. For staff, we estimate for each type of civil servant (environment, mobility, spatial planning,…) a percentage of the time that is appointed to implementing actions from the SEAP/SECAP. Adding up all this information leads to a certain amount of FTE per municipality.