Subnational Governments Working in Partnership to Deliver the Clean Energy Transition

The purpose of this session is to showcase work at local level and policies of devolved governments in delivering clean energy and contributing to EU climate and energy targets. We aim to show the leadership of Local Government and Devolved Administrations in promoting clean energy and combating climate change to demonstrate what can be achieved if supported with the right policy, legislation and funding. The session is designed to achieve higher awareness of local and regional level leadership pioneered by subnational governments and their stakeholders.

The event will be structured in two main parts: one on local government approaches and one on approaches at devolved level.  The first section, focussed on local level activity will involve presentations from Aberdeenshire Council, Scotland and the City of Oslo, Norway. The second session will feature presentations from the Scottish Government and Catalan Institute for Energy, Government of Catalonia who will discuss the approach taken in their respective territories.

The City of Oslo, Norway, the 2019 European Green Capital, will present the city’s approach to cutting emissions by 50% by 2020 through integrated measures for example promoting electric vehicles and zero emissions transport. A representative of Aberdeenshire Council, Scotland, will show how tools for decision making and financial management are helping to pursue integrated approaches to decarbonisation by presenting their Carbon Budget. Both urban Oslo and rural Aberdeenshire are members of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and have experience of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Planning.

A goal of this session is also to present devolved Government and its agencies energy policies and seek feedback, using the case of Catalonia and Scotland. Scotland is taking a “whole-system” approach to decarbonising its economy and during the session Scotland’s Energy Strategy will be showcased. It is intended to guide domestic policy on the energy transition in the longer term, reflecting ambition to create a dynamic sustainable and inclusive economy. Catalonia is focusing efforts on mechanisms to flexible demand and policies to help create energy communities, thus working in close collaboration with municipalities, acknowledging their key role as the government closest to demand. Both strategies require citizen engagement and ability to participate with own assets in the energy system (electric vehicle, solar roofs, and batteries) which, in an aggregated manner, will bring the desired flexibility. Moreover, new forms of management and grid technologies are needed to empower demand, these being blockchain and grid edge solutions.

All participants come from Member States that are performing well in carbon emission reduction, have international standing in research and innovation and are able to showcase inspiring examples from the ground which are well embedded in EU policies. Sweden is for example the first in Europe to set a carbon neutral target for 2050. Icelandic municipalities operate in a unique geographical environment to deliver district heating through geothermal power. Municipalities in Denmark are advancing integrated wind and tidal technologies. Finland’s clean tech sector is a driver of sustainable innovations in bioenergy, wood-based biofuels and efficient use of renewables in Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation near the end-users. Lithuanian Local Authorities play a key role in implementation of energy projects to improve energy efficiency in buildings. As an excellent example it should be noted, that some municipalities have renovated about 80 percent of the buildings at present.

This event will be followed by a light networking reception and exhibition.


European Committee of the Regions Member
Norrbottens County Council
Team Lead for Sustainability and Climate Change
Aberdeenshire Council
EU Advisor for Climate and Energy
Oslo Region European Office
Technological Innovation and International Action Lead
Catalan Institute of Energy, Government of Catalonia
Head of Strategy and Projects
Scottish Government