The Energy Union must be an opportunity to accelerate the energy transition and define the roles, rights and responsibilities of the new actors who are its main protagonists. Energy Cities makes recommendations to European decision-makers to support this local momentum through the five pillars of the Energy Union: # 1 decarbonisation, # 2 energy security, # 3 internal market, # 4 energy efficiency and # 5 research and development innovation.
The governance of the grand Energy Union project is the framework through which Member States will be expected to report on the achievement of the 2030 climate and energy targets as well as associated policy design. What role will and should be given to local authorities within this context? Can we still rely on old decision-making architectures when while moving to the future, decentralised energy system? In this publication, Energy Cities provides some possible guidance and orientations on how to revisit the governance framework based on a “think local first” approach.
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