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Eckart Wuerzner Eckart Würzner, Maire de la Ville d'Heidelberg (DE), Président d'Energy Cities.

Energy Cities prend régulièrement position sur les différents documents législatifs communautaires concernant les questions liées à l’énergie et au climat. L’ensemble des villes membres, par l’intermédiaire du Conseil d’Administration, porte ainsi son message aux institutions européennes.















Recommandations for the vote in ENVI Committee on the proposal for a regulation establishing a Programme for the Environment and Climate action (LIFE) - November 2018 Recommandations for the vote in ENVI Committee on the proposal for a regulation establishing a Programme for the Environment and Climate action (LIFE) - November 2018

In view of the Environment Committee vote on the European Commission’s proposal on the LIFE Programme for 2021–2027, EUROCITIES, FEDARENE, Energy Cities, CEMR, Climate Alliance and ICLEI would like to request your support for the provisions highlighted below.



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Towards an EU budget that will serve to achieve Europe’s climate objectives - October 2018 Towards an EU budget that will serve to achieve Europe’s climate objectives - October 2018

Open Letter to Ministers ahead of General Affairs Council of 16 October 2018 by 101 businesses, civil society, local authorities, think tanks and other organisations on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework



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The new energy market design : how the EU can support energy communities and citizens to participate in the energy transition - August 2018 The new energy market design : how the EU can support energy communities and citizens to participate in the energy transition - August 2018

The EU is poised to set an unprecedented standard by formalizing the role of citizens and communities in Europe’s energy transition. By 2050, almost half of all EU households could be involved in producing renewable energy, about 37% of which could come through involvement in an energy community.1 However, the market design initiative must set strong rules to acknowledge, enable and provide rights to citizens that want to be active customers or participate in energy communities.



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Energy Cities and REScoop.eu answer to the Committee of the Regions’ Stakeholders consultation : Energy Cities and REScoop.eu answer to the Committee of the Regions’ Stakeholders consultation : "Models of local energy ownership" - 10 July 2018


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Open letter to the German Ministry of Energy & Economy about the Energy Efficiency Directive - 7th June 2018 Open letter to the German Ministry of Energy & Economy about the Energy Efficiency Directive - 7th June 2018

Energy Cities calls on the German government to support an ambitious Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) with an increased 2030 target and an accelerated annual energy savings obligation after 2020 to pave the way to an ambitious deal on the future of our energy systems and to secure Investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens, local and regional authorities and businesses.



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Open Letter to President Juncker on behalf of 31 business associations, civil society, think tanks and other organisations on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework  - April 2018 Open Letter to President Juncker on behalf of 31 business associations, civil society, think tanks and other organisations on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework - April 2018

Towards an EU budget that is in service of achieving Europe’s climate objectives
Energy Cities joined a broad group comprised of business associations, civil society, think tanks and other organisations to urge Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, through a joint open letter, to make the future EU budget fully compatible with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development goals. On 2 May, the European Commission is due to publish its general proposal on the spending priorities of the next EU budget after 2020. The letter calls upon President Juncker to significantly increase the current 20% climate action share of the EU budget, to climate proof the entire budget by excluding fossil fuels and to ensure that EU funds add to Member States’ efforts to achieve the 2030 and 2050 climate objectives.



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In support of at least 35% earmarking for climate-related work in FP9 - 3rd April 2018 In support of at least 35% earmarking for climate-related work in FP9 - 3rd April 2018

Energy Cities is among the 20 organisations which have signed a letter drafted by EUREC (The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres) asking the European Commission to earmark 35% of the budget of the Horizon 2020 successor programme to climate-related work. Such an earmark has existed in Horizon 2020, but hasn’t been met yet according to the Commission. Referring to the "impetus” created by the December 2015 Paris Agreement, the letter says, "climate action must be hardwired into the design of FP9 (i.e. Horizon 2020 successor programme). 35% should very much be considered a minimum.”



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Building on local climate and energy experience in Energy Union Governance - Joint letter, 21 March 2018 Building on local climate and energy experience in Energy Union Governance - Joint letter, 21 March 2018

European and national leaders would greatly benefit from building on the steady ambition of local actors to deliver Energy Union objectives.
CEMR, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, EUROCITIES and ICLEI, representing thousands of local governments throughout the EU, as well as think tank E3G, wholeheartedly support the European Parliament proposals on this topic.



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What Europe’s local leaders would like to see in the EU 2021-2027 budget to support energy transition - Position paper 22.02.2018 What Europe’s local leaders would like to see in the EU 2021-2027 budget to support energy transition - Position paper 22.02.2018

The EU is soon expected to draft the outline of its next budget – the 2021-2027 Multi-Annual Financial Framework – in a context where its unity and stability have been shaken by the Brexit and are further put into question by regional tensions within its member states, with the recent example of the Catalonian crisis. Making Europe more united, but also stronger and more democratic, as per President Juncker’s recent commitment, is thus becoming a pressing challenge which should guide the orientations of the future budget.



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An EU budget to make energy citizens a reality An EU budget to make energy citizens a reality

This paper sketches a creative policy vision for how the next MFF could best unlock innovative financing and address specific barriers faced by energy citizens and community power projects wishing to invest in their own small scale RES projects. The solutions advocated in this paper involve two pillars. The first is the creation of an Energy Citizens Facility, or targeted financing programme involving the pooling of a set aside across several existing funds within the MFF, and creating an EU enabling framework to unlock innovative financing, in a geographically equitable way across the Union. The second pillar involves crafting both new ex-ante conditionalities, and new incentive structures within the MFF, to encourage the identification and removal of regulatory, and administrative barriers hindering small scale RES deployment at national level.



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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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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 et Villes & Communautés Intelligentes : les recommandations d’Energy Cities Horizon 2020 et Villes & Communautés Intelligentes : les recommandations d’Energy Cities

Nos recommandations pour les programmes de travail 2018-2020
L’examen à mi-parcours du cadre financier pluriannuel de l’UE fin 2016 a conduit à l’octroi de 400 millions d’euros supplémentaires pour le programme Horizon 2020 (H2020) sur ses dernières années. C’est une bonne chose car cela permet d’envisager un soutien plus important à la transition énergétique locale. Dans ce document, Energy Cities fait part de ses recommandations quant à la manière d’employer ces fonds supplémentaires, et nécessaires, dans le cadre des programmes de travail 2018-2020 d’Horizon 2020. Nous faisons également un certain nombre de propositions afin de consolider et améliorer le programme Villes et Communautés Intelligentes - Smart Cities & Communities (SCC).



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MANIFESTE - Réformer l’Europe grâce à l’Union de l’énergie MANIFESTE - Réformer l’Europe grâce à l’Union de l’énergie

Nous, maires et élus locaux, avons consacré ces dernières années et décennies à encourager nos citoyens à faire part de leurs espoirs et attentes concernant l’avenir, ainsi que le type de société dans lequel ils souhaitent vivre. Nous avons saisi l’occasion de la transition énergétique, une transformation inéluctable, pour mener une vaste évaluation des réformes structurelles dont nous avons besoin pour opérer dans nos villes. Dans bien des cas, ce qui a commencé comme un débat sur l’énergie, s’est transformé en une occasion de relancer l’économie, créer une monnaie locale, répondre aux inégalités sociales et améliorer la cohésion entre nos communautés, etc.



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Union de l’énergie - Zoom sur les politiques locales Union de l’énergie - Zoom sur les politiques locales

L’Union de l’énergie doit être l’occasion d’accélérer la transition énergétique et de définir les rôles, droits et responsabilités des nouveaux acteurs qui en sont les principaux protagonistes. Energy Cities formule des recommendations aux décideurs européens pour soutenir cet élan local au travers des cinq piliers de l’Union de l’énergie : #1 décarbonisation, #2 sécurité énergétique, #3 marché intérieur, #4 efficacité énergétique et #5 recherche et 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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Cap sur les ressources locales ! Vers une nouvelle gouvernance de l’Union de l’énergie Cap sur les ressources locales ! Vers une nouvelle gouvernance de l’Union de l’énergie

La gouvernance du grand projet de l’Union de l’energie est le cadre à travers lequel les États membres seront invités à faire état de leurs progrès sur la réalisation des objectifs énergie-climat 2030, ainsi que la conception des politiques associées. Quel rôle devrait être accordé aux autorités locales dans ce contexte ? Pouvons-nous encore compter encore sur un processus de prises de décisions centralisé quand tout en se déplaçant vers l’avenir, le système énergétique décentralisé alors que le système énergétique lui-même ne l’est plus ? Dans cette publication, Energy Cities fournit des indications et des orientations possibles sur la façon de revoir le cadre de gouvernance fondé sur une approche « penser local d’abord".



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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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Réforme du SEQE : Pour une utilisation judicieuse du Réforme du SEQE : Pour une utilisation judicieuse du "Fonds pour la modernisation" (mars 2016)

Grâce à un instrument de financement appelé « Fonds pour la modernisation », 2 % des quotas alloués dans le cadre du système d’échange de quotas d’émission (SEQE) de l’UE seront mis aux enchères afin d’aider 10 Etats membres d’Europe centrale et orientale à faible revenu à « répondre aux besoins d’investissement élevés liés à l’efficacité énergétique et à la modernisation de leurs systèmes d’énergie » entre 2021 et 2030. Cette décennie et les 4 années qui la précédent seront essentielles pour jeter les bases d’un système énergétique résilient, à l’épreuve du temps. En cette période d’après-Paris, Energy Cities entend partager sa vision sur la manière dont ce fonds peut contribuer à créer un système énergétique réellement « moderne », à condition que l’UE prenne au sérieux son objectif de devenir un espace sans carbone d’ici 2050.



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Quatre recommandations clés pour la Directive européenne sur les énergies renouvelables ! (février 2016) Quatre recommandations clés pour la Directive européenne sur les énergies renouvelables ! (février 2016)

Pour renforcer la démocratie de l’énergie à travers l’UE, Energy Cities a mis sur la table 4 recommandations clés...



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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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Déclaration - Engagement de coopération, Mai 2015 Déclaration - Engagement de coopération, Mai 2015

LA COOPERATION ENTRE VILLES, UN OUTIL CLE POUR LA TRANSITION ENERGETIQUE
En préparation de la COP21 de décembre 2015, les MEMBRES D’ENERGY CITIES S’ENGAGENT à partager leurs connaissances, leur savoir-faire et leur vision avec d’autres villes du monde entier.
Déclaration adoptée par l’Assemblée Générale d’Energy Cities, le 23 avril 2015 à Aberdeen (Royaume-Uni).



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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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