Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
European section of United Cities and Local Governments

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Climate and energy transition


Climate change is already affecting cities and regions worldwide through increased heatwaves, floods, droughts, forest fires and migration. In 2050, the world population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion. This will mean an even greater human impact on the environment and increased urgency to adapt to climate change. Local and regional governments are suffering the consequences and impacts of climate change; but they can also provide the solutions.
CEMR actievely engages the EU, its Member States and other European countries and global institutions, notably attending the UN's annual COP summits on climate change, to ensure local and regional governments have the right policy frameworks and support to decarbonise their territories.
Policymaking on climate, energy and environment has gained tremendous momentum in the EU since 2019 with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s European Green Deal. This seeks to make Europe the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050, in line with the European commitments in the Paris Agreement on Climate and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The CEMR Expert Group on Climate and Energy closely follows and works these developments. Specific EU policy and legislative files we work on include:
  • The climate law
  • The 2030 climate target
  • The energy efficiency directive
  • The renewable energy directive
  • The energy performance in buildings directive
  • The strategy on adaptation
  • The forest strategy
  • The social climate fund
Our objectives:
  • To express the political perspectives of local and regional authorities on carbon neutrality and energy efficiency in general
  • To contribute to both current and future discussions and decisions in Europe (and internationally on climate issues) on key domains related to climate, energy, environment and the rational use of natural resources
  • Work in partnership with other European and international networks (notably in the framework of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities constituency) to recognise the role that the local level can play in this area

CEMR Spokespersons
  • Mayor of Castel Maggiore (Italy), Belinda Gottardi 
  • Councillor of Lincolnshire (United Kingdom), Marianne Overton

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