LOCAL4GREEN Project @ EUSEW2018
EUSEW 2018, EU Sustainable Energy Week is the annual flagship event organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and by EASME, the Executive Agency for small- and medium-sized enterprises. This year’s event, focused on the theme “CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION”, which gave policymakers a chance of reaching a wide range of stakeholders, researchers and innovators in the European sustainable energy sector, whilst also discussing the latest developments in the sustainable energy market and in research.
Representatives of MIEMA – Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency, partner in the LOCAL4GREEN project together with representatives of municipalities from Gozo joined the EUSEW 2018 Policy Conference, which took place between June 4 and 7, in Brussels, and which comprised over 60 sessions and saw some 2,500 participants debating on energy policy, creating networking opportunities and taking stock of the ongoing clean energy transition.
One of the sessions of the Policy Conference, held on the 7th June at the Salle Polak of the Residence Palace, was dedicated to the “Energy Union, Smart Cities and Covenant of Mayors: matching cities and finance”, organised by the European Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SSC) and the Covenant of Mayors Energy Union (CoM).
The debate focused on the EU Member States’ submissions of the draft National Energy Plans and Climate Plans to achieve EU energy and climate targets, addressing policies and measures with a 2030 horizon.
Comprehensively, each European city can be part of developing the National Plans and can contribute in achieving the Energy Union acting at a local level, through the drafting of local plans, such as the Sustainable Energy and Climate Actions Plans (SECAPs), developed by the CoM signatory cities.
SECAPs enable investors to identify opportunities and better engage in local projects, being a prerequisite for receiving funding under the Horizon 2020 Smart City Lighthouse project calls, whilst EIP-SCC and its Marketplace play the role of matching city actors, businesses and financers to facilitate such contributions.
In addition, the session showcased Smart Cities solutions implemented by Covenant of Mayors signatory cities that could be replicated and the launch of the EIP-SCC General Assembly in Sofia, on 27/28th June 2018.
The session was also an occasion for MIEMA to meet representatives of the Covenant of Mayors Union and to discuss future actions that may be undertaken together in the framework of the LOCAL4GREEN project and to facilitate the process of new Maltese and Gozitan Local Councils in becoming CoM signatories.