The joint EUSEW side event between IMEAS and C-Track 50 projects was realised succesfully on the 19th of June in AURA-EE premises.
Both projects investigate the linkage between the upper governance levels and the lower ones and address Multi-Level Governance as a means to incorporate EU-energy policy and climate targets at the national, regional and/or local level. Their working basis is structured on a need acknowledged, namely that for a holistic and successful carbon transition process, it is crucial that the energy policy of the EU level is manifested at the local level, here in terms of local energy measures, and likewise that local energy policy initiatives have access to higher levels of institutions in a bottom-up kind of approach.
Some of the recommendations in order to “Connect the unconnected”, as raised by the participants during the presentations and the roundtable, include:
- Development of dedicated financing tools to support the development of MLG and energy & climate policy planning at the regional / local level;
- Regulatory obligation for regional / local authorities to prepare a plan on energy and climate; the format of the CoM could be utilized;
- Assign specific GHG reduction targets at the regional level, based on their potential and following consultation with the regional authorities; link financing with the target undertaken.
- Integration and connection of topics such as climate change mitigation/adaptation and urban spatial planning etc. in municipal administrations;
- Harmonisation of administrative processes;
- Creation of a space for dialogue for the relevant actors at the national / regional and regional / local levels respectively, perhaps comprising of a steering committee and technical working groups;
- Creation of a common methodological basis to ensure the quality of the data and indicators recovered;
- Linking climate policy with objectives regarding system innovation and energy technologies;
- Taking a top-down approach via EU directives to bind the national levels to take action;
- Capacity building of the regional / local administration levels;
- Provision of human resources and operational instruments at the local level.
More information on this event is available on FEDARENE’s website.