A localised Energy Union of smart cities – for jobs, prosperity and sustainability
Our cities have been pushing ahead on climate action and sustainable energy for years, with many setting themselves more ambitious emission reduction goals than the EU. We fully agree with the Energy Union objective of creating a resilient energy system and an ambitious climate policy for ‘secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy’, integrating both heat and power.
The Energy Union is an opportunity to better integrate EU and member state policies related to energy and climate. A clear, long-term framework is crucial for public and private investors alike to move towards a more sustainable and resilient energy system. This framework must include an effective reform of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) as well as enabling policies for the local level.