Toward the implementation of climate and energy objectives: CoR to hold Forum of Covenant Ambassadors
June 1, 2016
The EU’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) is organising on 14 June 2016 in Brussels a Forum of Covenant Ambassadors on Climate and Energy, with a focus on challenges and solutions specific for the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The first part of this Forum will see the launch of a new support network ‘Covenant Ambassadors’as a political endorsement of local action to underline the importance of local and regional authorities in implementing the objectives of the Energy Union and the commitments taken at the Paris COP.
It will be followed by a policy session onEnergy Union and the territorial aspects of emissions reductions in the energy sector with a fresh Euro-Mediterranean outlook, which will serve as a preparation of joint activities between the CoR’s Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) and the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) in relation to the COP 22 in Marrakesh.
The second part of the Forum will focus on the ‘Covenant Ambassadors’and will outline their objectives and future activities, showcase best practices and policy recommendations of this group’s members and present tools available to these climate and energy ambassadors for their promotional work.
The Covenant of Mayors is a global movement that started in the EU. It involves local and regional authorities voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By committing, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the EU’s 20% carbon reduction target by 2020. Currently, some 6,300 cities and towns in 54 countries have signed. (EU Neighbourhood Info)