A Clean Planet for all A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy

ENVE-VI/037
Adopted

A Clean Planet for all A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy

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Michele EMILIANO
Alternate Italy
President of the Puglia Region
 segreteria.presidente@regione.puglia.it
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 IT, EN
 Adoption: 27/06/2019
 Theme: Environment , Energy
Commission: Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE-VI)
The Communication " A clean planet for all – A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy" is setting the basis for the future of the EU energy and climate policy and is proposing complex and ambitious scenarios which will have cross-cutting impacts on all sector of the EU policies. Together with the Governance of the Energy Union regulation, this communication is creating the new framework for the upcoming policies in the field of energy and climate and beyond: the role of Local and Regional Authorities has to be duly recognised since the very beginning to ensure that the transition to climate neutrality does not impact negatively on vulnerable territories and citizens. The more climate issues become complex and urgent, the more we have to ensure that local and regional authorities are not left alone facing emergencies and complex transitions. In particular the main objectives of the opinion are: To express the importance of aiming at the most ambitious scenario towards 2050 and set the objective of achieving climate neutrality; To stress the central role of Local and Regional Authorities in the definition of concrete roadmap towards climate neutrality; To stress the need for a systematic territorial impact assessment of climate and energy policies with a view to detecting vulnerable regions and support them in the transition.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS - welcomes the communication on A clean planet for all and calls on the European Commission to frame an even more ambitious and achievable roadmap by adopting measures to limit global warming to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels and prioritising the most ambitious scenarios; also calls on the Commission to evaluate the impact of the different scenarios on climate health, environmental, economic and social aspects and to propose a corresponding comprehensive regulatory framework based on this evaluation and in line with the strategy to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); - reiterates its call on the Member States and the European Commission to establish a permanent multi-level platform for dialogue on energy as defined in the regulation on the governance of the energy union, including climate and environmental aspects, to support regions and local authorities, civil society organisations, businesses and other stakeholders in the energy transition; states in this context its willingness to set up, if requested by the European Commission, a structure for technical exchanges on implementing the Clean Energy Package at local or regional level; - calls on the Commission to guarantee that the national energy and climate plans (NECPs) and national long-term plans are harmonised with the Paris Agreement and the 2050 strategy and the SDG's; considers it crucial that they are drafted using participatory, multilevel dialogue and are based on best regional and local practice; also suggests shortening the interval for periodical review of these plans and providing an institutional framework for the system of locally determined contributions (LDC) to link it with the system of nationally determined contributions (NDC); - calls on the Commission to actively take into account the particular vulnerability of certain areas, such as the outermost regions, and people undergoing transition to a climate neutral Europe so as to avoid the rejection of the transition process; also calls for the establishment of a European Climate Neutrality observatory to contribute to the fulfilment of national reporting obligations under the Energy Union governance and to assist in mapping and monitoring such vulnerabilities, together with a renewed EU skills audit under the EU Skills Panorama. These measures, aimed at achieving a climate neutral Europe, must take account of regional and local skills needs: the aim is to align the roll-out of sustainable policies with skills growth for future-proof quality jobs in the most vulnerable regions and to facilitate effective exchange of best practices between these regions, building also on the existing composite indicators and on any others that may be identified; - welcomes the recent Communication by the European Commission on "a more efficient and democratic decision making in the EU energy and climate policy" and believes that many of the suggestions in this document, notably with regard to the crucial element of energy taxation, are essential in order to ensure a coordinated, coherent and timely response to the enormous challenges the EU faces;
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