How to give cities the staffing means for their climate ambitions?



The 04 July 2022 from 10:00 until 11:30




To achieve their climate neutrality goals, the EU and its Member States need strong local public services, especially in the energy field. Energy Cities assessed in its publication “Human capacity in local governments: the bottleneck of the building stock transition” the gap between the necessary and the existing staff focusing on the European building stock transition. The positions to be filled are diverse: energy analysts, project managers, urban developers, engineers, experts in citizen and stakeholder engagement, energy advisers, communication officers, public building experts, and social housing experts. The results are the following:

  •     Around 2.5 additional full-time positions per municipality per year over the next 9 years (including 2022), or 214,000 new local employment positions across the European Union (per year, in average)
  •     In terms of costs for municipalities, this will be around €16 billion per year at the EU level, which, in 2019, represented only 3% of local governments’ public expenditures

This webinar will be the opportunity to present the results of this study for the building sector and discuss with mayors, the Committee of the Regions, the European Commission, and the think tank I4CE about the measures that the EU, the Member States and the local governments can take to face this gap!


10:00 – 10:05 Introduction
10:05 – 10:20Presentation of Energy Cities’ study – Human capacity in local governments: the bottleneck of the building stock transition and campaign for staffing means for cities (Energy Cities)
10:20 – 10:50Keynote speeches and roundtable moderated by Energy Cities

Mr Frank SIEBERN-THOMAS, Head of Unit Fair Green and Digital Transformations, Research, DG Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
Mrs Kata TÜTTŐ, Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Vice-President of PES Committee of the Regions
Mrs Aurore COLIN, Project Manager – Territories & Climate, Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE)

Additional speakers to be confirmed
10:50 – 11:10Roundtable discussions
11:10 – 11:25Q&A with the audience
11:25 – 11:30Conclusion

This webinar is part of the EU wide campaign “more local staff for the climate” conducted by Energy Cities and its core partners: Climate Alliance, Eurocities, ICLEI, FEDARENE, PNEC, ECODES. Check our website and sign the manifesto: