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1 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI An inclusive peer-to-peer approach to involve EU CONURBations and wide areas in participating to the CovenANT of Mayors TRAINING SESSION I: Policy context

2 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Policy background EU action against climate change Key role for municipalities Relevant Directives National Legislative context

3 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI EU2020 Energy and climate action targets Covenant of Mayors Energy baseline and SEAP standards Obligations for signatories Modification of ERDF funding regulation Expenditure eligible for EE & RE in all MS Ceiling of 4% of the total ERDF allocation by MS! EPBD recast All new buildings nearly zero energy by 2020 Public buildings lead the way from 2018 RES Directive Min. levels of energy from RES by 2015 Public buildings lead the way from 2012 Global goals need local action! Policy background Eco-Design and Labelling Directive Energy Services Directive, e.g. Green Public Procurement

4 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI The Lisbon Strategy, launched in 2000 aimed at making Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion by The Lisbon strategy * *The Lisbon Special European Council (March 2000): Towards a Europe of Innovation and Knowledge

5 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI GÖTEBORG EUROPEAN COUNCIL 2001 Three dimensions: Economic Social Environmental the European Council met in 2001 and agreed on the: first EU Sustainable Development Strategy, adding an environmental dimension to the Lisbon process for employment, economic reform and social cohesion

6 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Economic realities are moving faster than political realities, as we have seen with the global impact of the financial crisis. We need to accept that the increased economic interdependence demands also a more determined and coherent response at the political level. The purpose of Europe It's about more jobs and better lives. It shows how Europe has the capability to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, to find the path to create new jobs and to offer a sense of direction to our societies. José Manuel Barroso EUROPE A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

7 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Europe 2020 has 3 objectives (key drivers for growth) Smart growth: – education –research/innovation (creating new products/services ) –digital society (using information and communication technologies) Sustainable growth: –building a competitive low-carbon economy that makes efficient use of resources –protecting the environment and preventing biodiversity loss –developing new green technologies and production methods –helping consumers make well-informed green choices. Inclusive growth –more and better jobs, especially for women, young people and older workers

8 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI These objectives are related to each other and critical to the overall success. National targets EU-level targets will be translated into To ensure each EU country implements the Europe 2020 strategy in a way that fits its particular situation, the Commission proposes

9 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI The targets for the EU in % of the year-olds to be employed 3% of the EU's GDP (public and private combined) to be invested in R&D/innovation greenhouse gas emissions 20% (or even 30%, if a satisfactory international agreement can be achieved to follow Kyoto) lower than % of energy from renewables 20% increase in energy efficiency Reducing school drop-out rates below 10% at least 40% of 30-34–year-olds completing third level education at least 20 million fewer people in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion

10 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Policy background EU action against climate change Key role for municipalities Relevant Directives National Legislative context

11 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI EU action against climate change Tackling climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face. Unless global action is taken quickly to stabilise the rising temperature of the earths surface, there is likely to be irreversible and catastrophic damage. The EU adopted an integrated energy and climate change policy in December 2008, including ambitious targets for It hopes to set Europe on the right track - towards a sustainable future with a low-carbon, energy-efficient economy - by: cutting greenhouse gases by 20% (30% if international agreement is reached) reducing energy consumption by 20% through increased energy efficiency meeting 20% of our energy needs from renewable sources.

12 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Source : A new Directive on Energy Efficiency Challenges addressed & solutions proposed - DG Energy 22 June 2011

13 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Source: A new Directive on Energy Efficiency Challenges addressed & solutions proposed - DG Energy 22 June 2011

14 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Policy background EU action against climate change Key role for municipalities Relevant Directives National Legislative context

15 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Key role for municipalities Municipalities and regions have a key role in the implementation of EU policies for promoting the use of renewable energy and the improvement of energy efficiency at local and regional levels. An increasing number of these authorities are setting targets that are even more ambitious than those agreed at national or European level, in particular in the frame of the Covenant of Mayors. Some local and regional plans for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contribute directly to the EU objectives of sustainability, security of supply and competitiveness, and are very successful. Others still need improvements and could benefit from external support.

16 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI At the same time, there are still many municipalities and regions in Europe that have not yet prepared a plan for their future energy use, for sustainable development, or for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. To implement EU policies for energy efficiency and renewable energy at local and regional level is very challenging, and requires inputs from a wide range of actors, including local and regional authorities, energy agencies, non-governmental organisations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and energy producers. Good quality information, services and advice are also needed. In addition, international cooperation and networking amongst these different actors is essential to achieve the EUs ambitious 2020 energy and climate change targets. Source : Sharing success- Local approaches to energy efficiency and renewable energy edition -

17 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Policy background EU action against climate change Key role for municipalities Relevant Directives National Legislative context

18 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Renewable Energy – RES – What do we want to achieve ? The European Commission presented on 31 January 2011 its Communication "Renewable Energy: Progressing towards the 2020 target". It shows that the 2020 renewable energy policy goals are likely to be met and exceeded if Member States fully implement their national renewable energy action plans and if financing instruments are improved. It also stresses the need for further cooperation between Member States and a better integration of renewable energy into the single European market. Estimates indicate that such measures could lead to 10 billions Euros savings each year. More information:

19 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Energy Efficiency Directive On 22 June 2011, a new set of measures for increased Energy Efficiency is proposed by the European Commission to fill the gap and put back the EU on track. This proposal for this new directive brings forward measures to step up Member States efforts to use energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain – from the transformation of energy and its distribution to its final consumption. The Commission proposes simple but ambitious measures: Legal obligation to establish energy saving schemes in all Member States Public sector to lead by example Major energy savings for consumer More information:

20 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI EUROPE 2020 initiative - Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 On 8 March 2011, the European Commission has adopted the Communication "Energy Efficiency Plan 2011" Energy efficiency is one of the most cost effective ways to enhance security of energy supply, and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. In many ways, energy efficiency can be seen as Europe's biggest energy resource. Substantial steps have been taken towards this objective – notably in the appliances and buildings markets. Nonetheless, recent Commission estimates suggest that the EU is on course to achieve only half of the 20% objective. The EU needs to act now to get on track to achieve its target. More information:

21 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Energy Efficiency in Buildings Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of EU CO 2 emissions. Energy performance of buildings is key to achieve the EU Climate & Energy objectives, namely the reduction of a 20% of the Greenhouse gases emissions by 2020 and a 20% energy savings by Improving the energy performance of buildings is a cost-effective way of fighting against climate change and improving energy security, while also creating job opportunities, particularly in the building sector. On 18 May 2010 a recast of The Directive on energy performance of buildings (2002/91/EC) was adopted in order to strengthen the energy performance requirements and to clarify and streamline some of its provisions. More information:

22 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Policy background EU action against climate change Relevant Directives National Legislative context

23 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI National Legislative context [each partner has to make a brief description of related national laws]

24 CONURBANT - IEE/10/380/SI Introduction to the Sustainable Consumption and Production policies – IEE - SHEEP project – A new Directive on Energy Efficiency - Challenges addressed & solutions proposed - DG Energy 22 June 2011 European Commission- Europe Relevant directives: Bibliography


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