The members of the Commission for the Environment, Climate change and Energy
(ENVE) of the European Committee of the Regions met virtually to debate on how to ensure a COVID-19 recovery that is green and inclusive and brings along higher climate ambition ahead of the UN's climate summit in Glasgow next November. The meeting included the presentation of four draft opinions: safe and sustainable chemicals for a toxic-free environment, an EU strategy for energy system integration, protecting the maritime environment, and stepping up Europe's 2030 climate ambition towards
Opening the meeting,
Juan ESPADAS (ES/PES)
, Mayor of Seville and Chair of the CoR's
Green Deal Going Local
working group, said:
"Ahead of COP26, the European Union must not only set a clear example
in setting up climate targets to achieve climate neutrality by 2050,
but also provide concrete solutions to properly involve local and
regional authorities. The Edinburgh Declaration on biodiversity shows
that this path is possible and I hope we will achieve a similar
involvement of cities and regions for Glasgow. Without local and
regional authorities there is no climate transition and therefore their
role must be fully taken into account."
The meeting included a debate on how to ensure a green recovery from
COVID-19 with statements by Amaia BARREDO
from the government of the Basque Country, currently presiding over
, the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development.Arno BONTE, Vice-Mayor of Rotterdam andICLEI member and Eulalia RUBIO from the
Jacques Delors Institute
, also intervened.
Members debated on global climate action with
MEP Maria SPYRAKI (EL/EPP)
, Co-chair of the Intergroup Climate change, biodiversity and sustainable
development, James GRABERT, Director of Mitigation and
Acting Director for Communication and Engagement atUNFCCC,Kirsten DUNLOP, Chief Executive Officer at Climate-KIC,
and Dimitrios ZEVGOLIS, Deputy Head of the International
Relations Unit and of the EU Delegation to the UN Climate Change
Convention, DG CLIMA, European Commission.
Members voted in favour of the enhanced cooperation agreement between the
CoR and DG ENER, which sets out joint measures to ensure the successful
roll out of the
The members of the ENVE commission debated on the following four draft
Stepping up Europe's 2030 climate ambition towards COP26.
The rapporteur and Mayor of Autun,
Vincent CHAUVET (FR/RE)
"My main goal is to offer an equilibrium between the ambitious EU
climate target for 2030 and what the different cities and regions can
deliver today. But this is not an end in itself - I try to identify
what needs to be done to create a wave of change throughout Europe,
export this secret ingredient and request a formal role for cities and
regions and their contributions to the COP26."
Powering a climate-neutral economy: An EU Strategy for Energy
is the title of a draft opinion led by
Gunārs ANSIŅŠ (LV/RE)
. The Deputy Mayor of Liepāja declared:
"The EU Strategy for Energy System Integration has a role to play in
the economic recovery of local and regional authorities, particularly
in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. It is important to set the
energy-efficiency-first objective at the local and regional level.
Likewise, energy system integration can help local and regional
authorities achieve greater energy efficiency as the available
resources would be used for the transition to more efficient energy
Adam STRUZIK (PL/EPP)
is the rapporteur of the draft opinion
Safe and sustainable chemicals for a toxic-free environment in
Europe's cities and regions.
The President of the Mazovia Region said: "The c
hemical strategy for sustainability is an important element of an
economic policy based on green solutions.
The effects of its deployment are expected by regions and the society.
In this opinion, we want to indicate the role of regions in the process
of its implementation by focusing on the health of residents and the
The strategy is a chance to
improve competitiveness through innovation.
Emma NOHREN (SE/Greens)
, rapporteur of the CoR draft opinion on
protecting the marine environment
"By failing the oceans we are killing our planet. We have already lost
valuable time and have not achieved good environmental status in EU
seas. Now it is the time to act! Releasing the huge power of EU
municipalities and regions would open the floodgates for real action
towards restoring our seas."
Green Deal Going Local
is a new CoR initiative which aims to place cities and regions at the core
of the European Green Deal and ensure that both the EU's sustainable growth
strategy and the COVID-19 recovery plans translate into direct funding for
cities and regions and tangible projects for every territory. Green Deal
Going Local was
launched on 15 June 2020
with the creation of a CoR working group. To inspire and accelerate action,
Green Deal Going Local includes an
with 200 best practices.
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