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Energy security - 25.06.2014

6 European networks of local and regional authorities pledge support to local action for energy security
“Local actions are key to European energy security” is the title of a joint declaration  we co-signed with 5 other major EU networks of local and regional authorities - Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, EUROCITIES, FEDARENE and ICLEI - through which we have pledged to undertake five strategic sets of actions to support our member cities and regions in contributing to energy security in the EU.
 
The joint declaration welcomes the European Commission’s Energy Security Strategy issued in May 2014, since it recognises the Covenant of Mayors as a “key action” of its strategy and recommends that Member States support an “accelerated implementation of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted by municipalities participating to the Covenant of Mayors”.
 
In light of this, Energy Cities, Climate Alliance, EUROCITIES, FEDARENE, ICLEI and CEMR have jointly pledged to: 
  • Launch a campaign of information  towards cities, towns and regions to take immediate action on energy savings;
  • Empower local communities through examples and solutions for sustainable energy actions;
  • Disseminate the results of short, medium and long-term actions implemented in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors  in order to boost their replication;
  • Reinforce relationships with the European institutions and national governments in order to accelerate the implementation of the action plans, particularly of short-term actions;
  • Support initiatives and policies that further enhance local and regional capacities for action, including the EU 2030 framework for climate and energy policies or the international negotiations on climate change.
 
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