In the frame of your discussions on the first LIFE multiannual work programme, you are also called to fix the co-financing rate for “Coordination and Support Actions” (CSA) for the transition to renewable energy and increased energy efficiency.
To this end, we call upon you to set the co-financing rate for CSA projects at above 80% and as close to 100% as possible. Only such level of co-funding would allow our organisations and our members to continue our activities as in our shared long-standing experience:
CSA projects on clean energy helped regions, cities and communities to transform their environmental and climate ambitions into action. They enabled to stimulate local economic development, create jobs, increase demand and supply for energy efficiency services and products, implement and upscale renewable energy projects, develop the first adaptation strategies, alleviate energy poverty, improve air quality and truly inform and empower citizens and local initiatives. These projects have been powerful drivers of European integration, creating transnational long-lasting partnerships, jointly embarking municipalities and regions towards common sustainable development goals.
We believe that under the right conditions, these actions can continue this momentum under the LIFE programme.
FEDARENE (European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment) is a European network of regional and local organisations which implement, coordinate and facilitate sustainable energy and environment policies.
Energy Cities is the European association of cities in energy transition, representing over 1,000 local governments in 30 countries.
EUREC is the voice of renewable energy research in Europe, representing 38 European Research Centres active in renewable energy. The purpose of the association is to promote and support the development of innovative technologies and human resources to enable a prompt transition to a sustainable energy system.
CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions)
REScoop.eu (European federation of citizen energy cooperatives)
EHPA (European Heat Pump Association)
Solar Heat Europe
EREF (European Renewable Energies Federation)
EGEC (European Geothermal Energy Council
DHC+ Technology Platform
eceee (European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy)
IEECP (Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy)
The LIFE programme has been a valuable funding instrument for local authorities to fund best practice, pilot and demonstration projects in the field of energy […]