200 European cities and regions call for more ambitious EU climate and energy targets



Posted on 13 March 2014  | 
At the current rate Climate Savers companies overall emissions savings could exceed 350 million tonnes by 2020
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 At a crucial time for European climate policy, 200 European cities and regions are backing a call for action supporting more ambitious and binding climate and energy targets, ensuring that future generations are safeguarded against the worst effects of climate change. Spearheaded by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and WWF, the call is timely and directed towards the European Union, which is engaged in discussions regarding the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package.




The document calls on the EU to enact mandated greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets measuring at least 50% below the level in 1990. It further calls for a share of 40% of energy from renewable sources and a 40% reduction in energy use by 2030.

“Cities are at the forefront of the fight against climate change: local authorities are tasked with enacting on-the-ground measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance renewable energy usage and improve energy efficiency. City leaders are best placed to understand the demands and the need for stronger political targets. With ambitious EU climate and energy policies, the exemplary work of cities can be pushed forward.” said Paolo Casprini, Head of Environmental Policy in the Province of Siena, Italy.

WWF and ICLEI’s call for action places an emphasis on achieving greater support at EU level for renewable energy and energy efficiency targets, recognising that this bolsters green energy policies at municipal level.

“Renewable energy and energy efficiency targets matter - they have a significant influence on the national and regional policy development and deployment of new and innovative energy technologies. Municipalities are operating in a political environment and they need to get strong support.” said Marijan Maras, Head of Office for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development in the City of Zagreb, Croatia.

The document also calls for the costs and benefits of Europe’s sustainable energy transition to be shared equitably, ensuring communities that invest in sustainable energy receive the resulting dividends; and for fossil fuel and nuclear energy subsidies to be ended.

WWF and ICLEI’s call for action is being presented at the event “Clean energy for 2030 and beyond: cities and regions walk the talk”, taking place today in Brussels, Belgium.

To view the Call for Action in full, click here.

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Background:

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the world´s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities, 450 large cities and urban regions as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 83 countries. ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities.

WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. The European Policy Office contributes to the achievement of WWF’s global mission by leading the WWF network to shape EU policies impacting on the European and global environment.

The Local Government Climate Roadmap is an advocacy process that began in 2007. Aimed at voicing local authorities worldwide, it mirrors the launch of the United Nations Climate Change Conference Climate Roadmap, designed for nations, in determining a global action plan towards a post-Kyoto framework on climate change for the period after 2012. Since then, LGs have campaigned, and obtained, referencing to subnational and local governments by national negotiators. The next phase of the process is to secure collaboration with nations, and a financial framework through which local governments’ can fund ambitious climate actions.


More information:

Website: http://bit.ly/1nFSs0l

Contact:

Audrey Gueudet
Climate & Energy Media and Communication Officer
WWF European Policy Officer
agueudet@wwf.eu
Phone: +32 2 743 88 06
Mobile: + 32 494 03 20 27

Sean Carroll
ICLEI Europe
Communications Officer
Email: sean.carroll@iclei.org
At the current rate Climate Savers companies overall emissions savings could exceed 350 million tonnes by 2020
© Rob Webster/WWF Enlarge

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