A fair transition? How can the EU post-2020 budget support local energy leadership?

In order to meet Paris Agreement commitments, the EU’s next budget must strengthen climate objectives and support policies to set us on the path towards net zero emissions (at the latest) by 2050.

In addition, especially in the current climate of wide-spread Euroscepticism and nationalist resurgences, the next EU budget should also contribute to building a more cohesive Europe through dedicated support for local, community-led energy projects.

Organised in the framework of the Renewables Networking Platform, this event is designed to put forward proposals that work towards these goal, to test them with a wide range of stakeholders and to hear different perspectives on what is required for the budget to deliver not only on climate but also socio-economic ambitions. The event will result in concrete policy proposals that will be used in advocacy work following the event.

The event will hear from business and industry (Renovate Europe), from civil society (Climate Action Network (CAN) - Europe) and from legislators (European Parliament and DG Energy) as well as city networks (Climate Alliance and Energy Cities).

The event will be structured to address three or four main issues -

  1. alignment of the EU budget with the Paris Agreement requirements and local ambition for sustainable energy
  2. supporting the implementation of ambitious renewable energy strategies at local leve
  3. use of financial instruments and leveraging private sector funding

During the event there will be live polling using readily available smartphone voting software - three key questions will be put to audience members during the debate, with all participants with an Android or Apple smartphone able to vote live on propositions to be put to them. These results will be captured, shared via social media and used in advocacy material after the event.

The event is part of wider work by public authorities, business stakeholders and NGOs represented to reinforce local energy leadership in the post 2020 budget and links to wider advocacy work already underway and that will continue throughout the process of agreeing the budget.

The event will take place shortly after the EC has published its proposal for the post-2020 MFF, thus this is a very first occasion to reflect with the relevant group of stakeholders upon the climate action opportunities put on the table by the European Commission.

Success will be evaluated by the number of attendees, the results of the in-event polling and the adoption of key messages in the position paper to be adopted after the event.


Markus Trilling photo
Finance and Subsidies Policy Coordinator
Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe
Adrian Joyce photo
Campaign Director
Renovate Europe Campaign
Mayor for Environment, Climate, Energy and North-South, City of Ghent
City of Ghent
Marques photo
Head of Unit
European Commission, DG Ener