Energy transition: role of the Urban Agenda for the EU

In 2016, an innovative way of working was proposed and tested in the context of establishing the Urban Agenda for the EU. According to the Pact of Amsterdam, Partnerships of cities, national governments and the European Commission would be formed to contemplate possible solutions to major urban challenges facing Europe today. During this session, the Energy Transition Partnership will present its Action Plan - and raise awareness among stakeholders of the priorities we should be focusing on to deliver the energy transition in Europe as soon as possible.

During the past two years, the members of the Energy Transition partnership (cities, regions, Member States, the European Commission and others) have worked together to propose a course of action that will support the energy transition. The aim of the Action Plan is to help cities, national governments, and the EU institutions to work effectively together and deliver the energy transition. One of the main challenges in delivering the energy transition is the effective alignment of local, national and EU priorities. The Energy Transition Action Plan is an example of such a long-term priority alignment.

 The Action Plan prepared by the Energy Transition Partnership is sought to share, test and facilitate the energy transition process at a local and regional level. Five actions have been prepared: (1) Financing for District Energy Task Group; (2) Maximising Use of Waste Heat in Cities; (3) Guidance on Energy Masterplanning for Cities; (4) Deployment Desks for City Retrofitting; and (5) Closer Co-operation with EU Bodies to Promote Energy Transition Funding. The implementation of these Actions has now started by the Partnership members.

The session is aimed at engaging and involving stakeholders from across the energy sector in the work and activities of the Energy Transition Partnership. This is for both delivering the existing Actions, but also in helping to identify future work streams and actions. The session will promote ideas and Actions that can inform policy, empower cities and support the Energy Transition across the EU, and in doing so, examples of concrete energy transition cases at local and regional level will be shared. Representatives of the European Commission will also share the latest state of play of the key initiatives in this field. The framework behind the Partnership on Energy Transition is the Urban Agenda for the EU that is an intergovernmental initiative, which will better involve cities in the design and implementation of policies leading to better regulation, better funding and better knowledge for Europe.


Principal Policy and Programme Officer (Energy)
Greater London Authority
Professor - Strategic Advisor
University of Gdańsk - City of Gdańsk
Policy Advisor
City of Roeselare
Policy Officer
Euroheat & Power
Strategic Advisor on Sustainability
Municipality of Tilburg
Policy Officer
European Commission - DG Regional and Urban Policy
Senior EU Affairs Officer
elegation of Navarra to the European Union