In response to the Paris Agreement the EU has committed to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by the year 2030 when compared to 1990 levels and by at least 80% by 2050. Energy transformation is a key element in fighting climate change and requires a fast and broad transition across all sectors to a sustainable, low-emission energy system. The reduction of energy production from coal contributes to this which will have tangible economic and social consequences for Europe's regions and cities. The success of energy transformation depends on the ability of local and regional authorities to manage this change at the local and regional levels, starting with best practices, but with understanding local limitations and obstacles. This requires energy transformation to be planned, managed, implemented and communicated in the right way, making full use of innovation in technology and processes.
To achieve these objectives, it is important that all citizens and all levels of governance are on board. That is why energy transformation must be a fair transition.
In response to these challenges, the European Committee of the Regions is currently preparing two opinions:
• The socioeconomic transformation of coal regions in Europe, rapporteur Mr. Mark Speich (DE/EPP)
• Implementation of the Paris Agreement through innovative and sustainable energy transition at regional and local level, rapporteur Mr. Witold Stępień (PL/EPP)
Both rapporteurs strive for the highest possible quality input and widest range of different views for their opinions.
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