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POSITION PAPERS

Eckart Wuerzner Eckart Würzner, Mayor of the City of Heidelberg (DE), President of Energy Cities.

Energy Cities regularly publishes position papers as regards the various Community legislative documents in relation with its fields of action.

Whereas a municipality alone has little influence, Energy Cities is able to voice the over 1,000 members towards the European institutions.














Cities at the forefront of climate action : ACHIEVING THE PARIS CLIMATE GOALS THROUGH THE EFFORT SHARING REGULATION - Policy Briefing, October 2017 Cities at the forefront of climate action : ACHIEVING THE PARIS CLIMATE GOALS THROUGH THE EFFORT SHARING REGULATION - Policy Briefing, October 2017

The contribution of cities and regions in reaching the European climate and energy targets is already significant. Yet, much more is possible with an enabling, stable and ambitious policy framework and effective access to financing. A strong Effort Sharing Regulation - without loopholes - can support and incentivise the uptake, replication and upscaling of local climate and energy actions. Creating the right conditions to enable climate efforts to propel will moreover lead to numerous co-benefits and a better quality of life for the millions of urban residents.



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Energy Cities and ClientEarth Joint Briefing: The Case for a Multi-level Climate and Energy Dialogue Platforms: The Role of Local and Regional Actors in the Governance of the Energy Union - October 2017 Energy Cities and ClientEarth Joint Briefing: The Case for a Multi-level Climate and Energy Dialogue Platforms: The Role of Local and Regional Actors in the Governance of the Energy Union - October 2017

With the advent of local energy communities in the energy market, the proliferation of new technologies (e.g. blockchain, distributer ledgers) and the continuous increase of the share of renewables in the energy mix, the future European energy system is bound to be decentralized, flexible and locally grounded.
The forthcoming governance framework of the EU Energy Union needs to reflect this new reality. It has to carve out a space for loca and regional actors in the decision-making process of national energy and climate plans and long-term climate and energy strategies, which are the backbone of the Energy Union governance process.



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Clean Energy Package: Joint recommendations on energy democracy Clean Energy Package: Joint recommendations on energy democracy

MEP Karins’ draft report on the electricity market includes a series of amendments that risk hampering the development of community energy projects across Europe, thus directly in contradiction with Energy Cities’ political agenda for energy democracy. Energy Cities thus teamed up with the European association of energy cooperatives RESCoop as well as other European NGOs to formulate joint recommendations.



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Energy Cities Briefing on the Role of Local Actors in the Governance of the Energy Union Energy Cities Briefing on the Role of Local Actors in the Governance of the Energy Union

The proposed regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union in the framework of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package aims in its essence to provide a technical and administrative framework for Member States to report on the implementation of the 2030 energy and climate targets across the 5 pillars of the Energy Union: (1) Decarbonisation, 2) Energy Security 3) Internal Market 4) Research & Development 5) Energy Efficiency.



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Joint statement: Strengthening the role of the local level to accelerate the clean energy transition, 21.06.2017 Joint statement: Strengthening the role of the local level to accelerate the clean energy transition, 21.06.2017

Putting energy efficiency first is the underlying principle that will drive energy policy into the future and put Europe at the forefront of climate action. At the local level, many European cities are already leading clean energy solutions and have joined local and EU wide initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors. However, matching local ambition with appropriate and adequate financing presents a major challenge. In its communication on Clean Energy for All Europeans, the European Commission brought forward proposals to tackle this issue by providing new opportunities to finance energy efficiency projects. To accelerate the clean energy transition, our organisations jointly call for the energy efficiency financing framework to put local climate action at its core.



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Horizon 2020 and Smart Cities & Communities: Energy Cities’ recommendations Horizon 2020 and Smart Cities & Communities: Energy Cities’ recommendations

Our recommendations for the work programmes 2018-2020
The mid-term review of the EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework at the end of 2016 has resulted in an additional €400 million for the Horizon2020 (H2020) programme in its last years. This is a positive development that can enable to further support the locally driven energy transition. In this briefing, Energy Cities shares its recommendations for using these crucial additional funds in the Horizon 2020 work programmes 2018-2020. Moreover, we provide a number of proposals to solidify and upscale the Smart Cities & Communities (SCC) further.



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MANIFESTO - Reforming Europe through its Energy Union MANIFESTO - Reforming Europe through its Energy Union

We, Mayors and local elected representatives, have spent the past years and decades in engaging our citizens in sharing their hopes and expectations for the future, and the kind of society they wish to live in. We have seized the opportunity of the energy transition, a transformation that is bound to happen, to conduct a broader assessment of the structural reforms we need to operate in our cities. In many cases, what started as an energy debate became an opportunity to trigger an economic recovery, launch a local currency, address social inequalities or increase cohesion among our communities, etc.



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Local State of the Energy Union Local State of the Energy Union

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.



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Open letter to the Energy Union cluster of Commissioners about Energy Market Design - 3 November 2016 Open letter to the Energy Union cluster of Commissioners about Energy Market Design - 3 November 2016

Energy Cities and other organisations committed to a sustainable energy transition urge the EU Commission to seize the opportunity to deliver an ambitious reform of EU energy markets and put the EU on a course to a brighter, cleaner future.



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From pipe dreams to local means! Call for a new governance of the Energy Union - June 2016 From pipe dreams to local means! Call for a new governance of the Energy Union - June 2016

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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Joint letter / The ETS Modernisation Fund: Catalysing a locally-driven energy transition in Central and Eastern Europe - 20 June 2016 Joint letter / The ETS Modernisation Fund: Catalysing a locally-driven energy transition in Central and Eastern Europe - 20 June 2016

Energy Cities joins forces with environmental NGOs CEE Bankwatch, Counter Balance and Change Partnership to require EU environment ministers to create an ETS Modernisation Fund that supports investment in phasing out fossil fuels, boosting energy savings and promoting local renewable energy production. The ETS Modernisation Fund should also prioritise investment into local and regional projects, which are the most employment-rich means of investment and will help boost local and regional sustainable development.



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Energy Union Governance: Joint Statement by the European leading local and regional networks - April 2016 Energy Union Governance: Joint Statement by the European leading local and regional networks - April 2016

Our organisations strongly believe that climate and energy planning needs to evolve to a more holistic and inclusive process. This will allow better linking the different sectors, avoiding silo-­based approaches as well as ensuring greater policy coherence among the existing plans at different levels of government. Local and regional actors are the delivery agents of the Energy Union and not acknowledging this fact puts meeting European and national climate and energy targets at risk.

© image Blablo101, shutterstock.com



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ETS reform: Making sensible use of the ETS reform: Making sensible use of the "Modernisation" Fund - March 2016

Through a funding instrument known as the “Modernisation Fund”, 2% of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) allowances will support 10 lower income Member States in Central and Eastern Europe in “meeting the high investment needs relating to energy efficiency and the modernisation of their energy systems” between 2021 and 2030. This timeframe, and the four years that will precede it, will be crucial to lay the foundations of a future-proof and resilient energy system. On the road from Paris, Energy Cities shares its vision on how the creation of a truly “modern” energy system can be supported via this fund, if the EU is serious about its goal to become virtually carbon-free by 2050.



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Four Recommendations for the revised Renewables Directive - February 2016 Four Recommendations for the revised Renewables Directive - February 2016

To accelerate the trend of energy democracy across the EU, Energy Cities has put forward four key recommendations...

Fore more information, read our full response to the REDII Consultation



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Joint Position Paper: Heating and Cooling Strategy Joint Position Paper: Heating and Cooling Strategy

Energy Cities joins forces with industry associations representing the geothermal, solar thermal, heat pump, biomass, biogas, and district heating and cooling sectors to require structural reforms in EU climate and energy legislation, taking full account of the EU Heating and Cooling Strategy



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Energy Cities’ Response to the Energy Efficiency Directive Consultation - February 2016 Energy Cities’ Response to the Energy Efficiency Directive Consultation - February 2016

The European Commission has launched a public consultation process for a review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), to collect views from stakeholders on the framework and policies needed to achieve the EU 2030 energy efficiency target. Energy Cities calls for the revised EED to reinforce the role of local authorities, so they can tap into their full energy efficiency potential. Here are, in a nutshell, the recommendations brought forward in our response to the Consultation.



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Energy Cities’ Response to the New Energy Market Design Consultation - October 2015 Energy Cities’ Response to the New Energy Market Design Consultation - October 2015

Energy Cities welcomes the Commission’s initiative to launch a public consultation process on a new energy market design, notably as it aims at establishing a market that can fully integrate the increasing share of local renewable energy. A new market design that puts local renewable energy at its core will reduce costs, guarantee security of supply and foster innovation, sustainability and economic growth. [...]



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Energy Cities’ position on the Smart Cities Agenda, June 2015 Energy Cities’ position on the Smart Cities Agenda, June 2015

The European Commission is willing to further engage with cities, putting forward measures to increase their impact on, among others, emissions mitigation. This is encompassed in the desire to reshape the way it addresses these issues in a so-called “Smart Cities Agenda”. This initiative is based on a streamlining of existing EU initiatives geared towards cities to simplify them and improve their reach and their effect. [...]



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Declaration - Cooperation commitment, May 2015 Declaration - Cooperation commitment, May 2015

CITY-TO-CITY COOPERATION, A KEY TOOL FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION
Ahead of the COP21 to be held in December 2015, ENERGY CITIES’ MEMBERS COMMIT to share their knowledge, expertise and vision with cities around the globe.
Declaration adopted at Energy Cities’ General Assembly on 23 April 2015 in Aberdeen (United Kingdom).



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Energy Cities’ contribution to the Public consultation on EIB approach to supporting climate action - 16 March 2015 Energy Cities’ contribution to the Public consultation on EIB approach to supporting climate action - 16 March 2015


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Energy Cities’ position on the Juncker Investment Plan - February 2015 Energy Cities’ position on the Juncker Investment Plan - February 2015

The Investment Plan for Europe, the so-called Juncker Plan, is an opportunity for the European Union to step out of its economic sluggishness. This EUR 315 billion growth plan aims at creating jobs, which cannot be done by investing in “business as usual” large assets. Instead, investing in the energy transition at the local level can create numerous lasting and non-outsourceable jobs, and added value for the territories.



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