As one of the major results of the POCACITO 7FP project (2014-2016), an EU Roadmap 2050 was published in December 2016 and calls for cities to be better involved in policy making, notably the EU Energy Union strategy and legislative package. It is the result of a two-year consultation process with EU stakeholders in Brussels and from targeted cities.
According to the roadmap, representatives of cities should be formally appointed to influence UN, EU and national decisions. In light with the subsidiarity principle, the EU should also support the process of allocating the relevant competences to cities to best address the challenges facing them. More specifically, a recommendation encourages the EU institutions to strengthen the Energy Efficiency Directive with stronger measures and clearer guidelines, and refine the strategy for a circular economy.
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The POCACITO roadmap is also accompagnied by a series of 6 Policy Briefs targeting EU, national and local political decision-makers and an online marketplace of ideas presents 60 factsheets from EU and non-EU cities in all the fields of the transition to a local post-carbon economy in a global context.
Case studies cities involved in the project included Barcelona, Copenhagen, Malmö, Istanbul, Litoměřice, Milan, Turin, Rostock and Zagreb. A series of local workshops consisting in visionning and backcasting exercices took place in these cities and led to the publication of local strategy papers.
Last but not least, a short 2.30 min video explores the solutions to facilitate the transition of EU cities to a forecasted sustainable or “post‐carbon” economic model :
January 17, 2017