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Policy brief: Well on track...!

By Claire Roumet on 6 septembre 2016

On my way, this summer, to the Bachimaña refuge in the Spanish Pyrenees, I ended up in a large chalet set in a dream setting. The refuge will become 100% energy self-sufficient by 2020 while being open 365 days a year (and winters are cold !). This is possible when adding a mini hydroelectric power plant on an existing dam and launching a massive insulation plan. But ultimately with current technologies, it is often simpler than one may think...

In 2009, Angela Merkel encouraged her European counterparts to commit to a 20% energy efficiency target by 2020. A long period of debate, reluctance and negotiations ensued. What happened next ? The objective was not only adopted, but also recently reached – 4 years ahead of schedule. Numerous technological advances are to be credited, but it is above all the common European goal that gave traction to the green energy sectors, and allowed the directive on energy performance of buildings to pave the way for all new buildings to be energy positive from 2020 onwards.

Trying to avoid oversimplification and on the basis of conservations held with our members over the past few months, we explored how a territory can imagine a path towards a 100% renewable-powered future. No doubt it will take more time in large cities than it did for the Aragonese refuge, and numerous technological breakthroughs will undoubtedly accelerate the trajectory, but what matters is to begin projecting a future of post-carbon territories. Our publication on this will be debated during the Climate Chance Summit on 26 September in Nantes.

"The energy transition is on track" is the title of the new publication WWF France addressed to the G20. It shows all the economic signals are pointing to the renewable energy sector. In the same spirit, the world largest cities have called on G20 members to fulfil their climate commitments by strengthening multi-level governance...

Because beyond the distant goals, the society as a whole is making huge strides in the right direction, companies offer new solutions, but coordination between the different territorial levels is still lacking and some competences and roles have to redistributed.

There is still a lot more ground to break but we are on our way there…

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