The Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) is responsible for preparing and providing the necessary resources and instruments for the Committee to fully play its advisory role in the EU legislative and political process.
The ENVE commission supports the drawing up of the political messages of the CoR in the fields related to European Green Deal such as:
- Climate change
- Space policies of the European Union
- Circular Economy
The team assists the Members in drawing up ENVE opinions supporting the political process within the Bureau and Plenary Session and is responsible for supporting follow-up and impact evaluation activities. It is responsible for organising commission meetings and external events in the relevant policy fields.
Green Deal Going Local Working Group
The ENVE commission also coordinates the 'Green Deal Going Local' Working Group. This cross-commission initiative of the European Committee of the Regions aims at placing cities and regions at the core of the European Green Deal and ensuring that both the EU's sustainable growth strategy and the COVID-19 recovery plan translate into direct funding for cities and regions and tangible projects for every territory. The ENVE commission also feeds into the related Green Deal Going Local campaign.
Task Force 3
The ENVE commission is in charge of coordinating Task Force 3 which supports the 'Green Deal Going Local' Working Group. The main purpose of Task Force 3 is amongst others to provide a tool for coordination across all commissions, political groups and with communication services. The Task Force 3 thereby ensures consistency in the CoR's Green Deal legislative work and their effective communication.
Other Networks and Platforms
The ENVE commission is further responsible for CoR-activities related to the Covenant of Mayors, an initiative involving local and regional authorities in the fight for better climate and energy policies.
The ENVE commission is engaged in the European Climate Pact which aims to empower citizens to shape a greener Europe. CoR members are invited to join this initiative as CoR Climate Pact Ambassadors. Through the CoR 4 Climate Pact project the CoR supports the CoR Climate Pact Ambassadors in holding local climate events to raise awareness and accelerate climate action locally.
ENVE Commission is in charge of co-managing with the European Commission the Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform. The Platform is set out to help achieve the zero pollution ambition in dialogue with actors from different communities and areas of expertise, including local and regional authorities.
ENVE Engagement at a Global Level
At global level, ENVE Commission plays a lead role in CoR involvement at UN conferences for climate change and biodiversity. The ENVE Commission in charge of the coordination of CoR delegation to the UNFCCC's COPs, as was the case for the COP26 in Glasgow in 2021. In addition, ENVE Commission coordinates the CoR contribution to the UN Biodiversity Conferences CBD COPs. In this context, the CoR's co-drafting of the Edinburgh Declaration on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework is among its latest achievements which highlight the importance of multi-level governance at global level.