Both CEPS and Forum Europe would like to thank all those who participated at the conference this week. If you have any questions regarding this event please contact James Wilmott on +44 (0) 2920 783 022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also be interested in attending our forthcoming event looking at electric vehicles in Europe. More information can be found at: http://www.e-vehicles2011.eu
There is an increasing recognition that urban areas – home to around three-quarters of the EU’s citizens – hold one of the main keys to addressing climate change. Many in fact accept the view that the fight against climate change will be won or lost in urban areas.
The concentration of emissions caused by city activity (either directly within the metropolitan area or by goods and services, such as electricity generation, that are produced beyond its boundaries) allows the potential to address a significant amount of emissions at one stroke. Local governments can have considerable regulatory and financial power to encourage low-carbon and sustainable investment while at the same time being suppliers of services, consumers of energy and other natural resources, purchasers of products and services, planners and instigators of change. The European Commission launched the Covenant of Mayors initiative in 2009, to give recognition to, accelerate and support the actions of urban and local governments.
This joint Forum Europe and CEPS conference takes stock of ongoing EU policy developments and will ask what framework and what policies will be needed to ensure continuity and even acceleration of the many promising local government initiatives that exist. For the EU, the main challenge is to maintain the momentum and translate the initiatives as quickly as possible into ‘real and measurable’ emissions reductions. This will depend to a large extent on whether local governments have the capacity to act, EU and member state policies are consistent and finally, whether tools that ensure that emissions reductions are measured, reported and verified exist.
This conference will bring together representatives from the EU institutions, local governments, member states, business and industries as solution providers as well as other stakeholders.
For further details on this conference, please contact:
Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 022
Mob: +44 (0) 7760 160 618
Wed 2 March, 2011 09.00
Thu 3 March, 2011 18.00
The Committee of Regions
Rue Belliard 99-101
B - 1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 228 222 11