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Implementing the Paris Agreement: EU cities and regions in energy transition

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Following the Paris Agreement, the EU has committed to reducing annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% and 80% comparing to 1990 levels by the years 2030 and 2050 respectively. However, limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels requires higher ambitions and a rapid transition across sectors to a sustainable, low-emission energy system based on shared, integrated solutions. Close cooperation across all levels of government and civil society is essential to meet these objectives. Hence, the success of the energy transition depends on the ability to involve sub-national authorities to manage this change, starting with the best practices, but also understanding local limitations and obstacles.


This event will take-up these topics by featuring CoR thematic rapporteurs to deliver key messages followed by a global perspective from ICLEI, the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Focal Point, spotlights from DG ENER and CoR, as well as good examples of local 2050 strategies from cities and regions. The Rise of Climate Belgium movement will present a citizen's engagement in climate action. The plenary session will follow an interactive World Café, engaging participants in informal and in-depth discussions on key topics of strategic importance to both transitions, e.g. smart cities and communities, islands, coal regions, energy poverty and CoM.



14:30 Plenary Session

Moderator: Giorgia Rambelli, ICLEI –Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat

Speakers: Member designated of the new Commission in charge of energy (tbc)

Jerzy Buzek, MEP, ITRE Committee, European Parliament,Witold Stępień, Member of the Lodzkie Regional Assembly, CoR rapporteur on energy transition
Yunus Arikan – Focal Point LGMA Constituency and Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

Speakers: Regional perspective: Michele Emiliano, President of the Puglia Region;
Local perspective: Anna-Kaisa Heinämäki, Deputy Mayor of Tampere, Finland (tbc)
Citizens' perspective: Sarah Zamoum, Rise for Climate Belgium


15:15 Elevator Pitches

15:30 Coffee break


15:45 Word Café

Reaching climate neutrality by 2050: a multi-dimensional transition
Moderator: Carsten Rothballer, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat

Chairs of the session:

Coal Region: Aleksandra Tomczak – Policy Coordinator EU Coal, European Commission, DG ENER
Smart City: Gustaf Landahl, GrowSmarter, City of Stockholm, SE
Climate and Energy transition on Islands: Wioletta Dunin-Majewska,
Policy Coordinator Retail Markets, EC DG ENER
Community-based renewable energy: Josh Roberts, Policy Officer, Rescoop
Energy Poverty: Laura Bazen, Rise for Climate Belgium


16:30 Presentation of results and Wrap-up

16:50 Closing Remarks

Catharina Sikow-Magny, Head of Unit, Networks and Regional Initiatives, DG ENER (tbc)

17:00 Networking Cocktail

18:00 End of the event

European Committee of the Regions, DG ENER, ICLEI Europe
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