European Week of Regions and Cities 2019 (Committee of the Regions)
Publish date: Friday, 19 July 2019
The European confederation of intermediate local authotities (CEPLI) organises a workshop “Intermediate Local Authorities Act for Sustainable Territories", on October, 9, at 11.30 at CoR building.
As part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, CEPLI (the European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities) wishes to organise a debate with elected representatives, academics and representatives of the European institutions to showcase strategies and projects implemented by intermediate local authorities to respond to one of today’s vital issues, global warming, but also to illustrate how European tools and policies support them in achieving the Agenda 2030 goals.
Detailed description of the session
The EU is committed to reducing CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 while modernising its economy, creating jobs and ensuring growth for all Europeans. Three objectives are targeted:
- To give priority to energy efficiency,
- To become the world leader in the field of renewable energies,
- To offer fair conditions to consumers.
The European Parliament voted in 2018 a directive that obliges Member States to establish long-term national strategies for energy renovation by 2050. By 2050, GHG emissions from buildings will need to be reduced by 80-95 percent compared to 1990.
Intermediate local authorities (or ILAs), through their territorial and social intervention skills, can become drivers to achieve these objectives and ambitions to improve energy efficiency. Its position, on an intermediate scale between regions and municipalities and their groupings, provides them with a strategic view. This level of authority can have a twofold impact: on energy consumption and on green sector choices.
Global warming and sustainable development are now at the heart of economic and societal concerns. These issues lead LIAs to develop strategies to become real players in the energy transition. Thus, they participate in spatial planning processes in rural and peri-urban areas by providing territorial engineering to local authorities and play a role in mobilising and promoting local renewable energies.