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Local authorities play a crucial part in implementing sustainable energy policies across Europe. Their role in securing Europe’s Energy Security is increasingly coming to the forefront in the context of the developing Ukrainian crisis. It will be discussed and presented at the occasion of a high level conference that will be hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on 9 October starting at 14:00.
This half-day event is divided into two sessions: one focusing on cities’ endeavours to moderate energy demand and switch from imported fuels to local energy production, and the other looking at the financing of sustainable energy projects. Speakers shall include mayors of prominent Eastern European capitals, such as Warsaw, Sofia and Riga, as well high level representatives from the European Commission and financial institutions.
Today the EU imports 53% of the energy it consumes and the figure related to gas amounts to 66%. The most pressing energy security of supply issue is the strong dependence from one external supplier. Six EU member states* are particularly vulnerable to energy supply disruptions as they import 100% of their gas from Russia. The conference will present opportunities to witness how cities from these most exposed countries are taking action to wean themselves off Russian gas, through smart investments in sustainable buildings and transport, renewable heating networks and an overall more intelligent city planning. It will show the direct link between the European Commission’s energy security strategy and the proposed 2030 climate and energy objectives.
Stay tuned for more information on the programme and link to registration -, to be posted shortly on the agenda section of the Covenant of Mayors website.
*These include the three Baltic countries, Finland, Bulgaria and Slovakia.
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