In order to fulfil the Paris agreement’s commitments and maintain the average global temperature to 1.5°, the EU and the EU countries have endorsed ambitious energy and climate targets for 2030 and 2050, when the continent should become carbon neutral. In order to achieve those targets, effective energy and climate policies are needed, as well as strategies engaging multiple actors across different territorial scales.
Local authorities play a crucial role for translating the European policies successfully into established and accepted practices and should be supported to ensure the effective implementation of climate and energy policies. In this session, successful initiatives strengthening local action will be presented. Local and regional authorities will be invited to share their experience and best practices on long-term energy planning and multi-level governance. These inspiring examples will help local authorities in becoming role models in the implementation of the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate and energy targets.
In order to facilitate the debate among the audience, several initiatives and EU funded projects will introduce their concepts, approaches and experiences: Covenant of Mayors, European Energy Award eea (quality management and labelling approach), CoME EASY (combining CoM and eea for SECAP development and implementation), IMPLEMENT (eea approach in 4 new countries), EMPOWERING and LIFE SEC ADAPT (upgrading SEAPs to SECAPs), C-Track 50 (long-term approached for 2050) and PentaHelix (multi stakeholder and governance approach).
Attendees of this session will have the opportunity to benefit from projects’ results (findings, tools, e-platforms,..) that are easily transferable to different local settings. Initiatives presented during this session will provide useful information both for local, regional and national authorities and political decision makers willing to develop and improve their climate strategy and actively shape Europe’s energy future.
Speakers of the session include representatives of the Committee of the Regions and from local and regional authorities all over Europe.