Energy Cities is closely following the debate on the Energy & Climate Policy Framework for 2030. Disappointed by the lack of ambition of the European Commission’s proposal, we then very much welcomed the European Parliament’s resolution, much more ambitious and suitable.
In an Open Letter to the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, the Energy Cities network expresses its concern and advocates for Europe to keep high ambitions.
"Seen as the world leader via its “3x20 by 2020” package, Europe must keep ambitions high. It is necessary for meeting the European Council commitment to reducing GHG emissions by 80 to 95% by 2050. It is an opportunity to translate EU climate and energy objectives into a multitude of actions at local level which would improve the quality of life of citizens and boost EU competitiveness."
Leveraging on the outstanding success of the Covenant of Mayors initiative, which gathers more than 5,000 local authorities helping the EU meet its climate and energy objectives, Energy Cities prepared the possible content for a Communication on “Empowering local and regional authorities to deliver the EU climate and energy objectives”, that includes inputs from multi-sectoral stakeholders.
Energy Cities adresses President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy in an Open Letter
"It is now in the hands of the European Council to send an encouraging signal to investors and among them citizens, communities and local authorities, and confirm the EU’s ambition to take a leading role in international climate talks and programmes."
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