euesco.org Home Volker Dragon Chairman Council of European Municipalities and Regions The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is the largest organisation of local and regional governments in Europe. Its members are 55 national associations of towns, municipalities and regions from 41 countries that are part of the Council of Europe. Together these associations represent about 150,000 local and regional authorities. At the head of its political structure is its president, currently the mayor of Almere, Annemarie Jorritsma. It has a staff of about 20, headed by its secretary-general, Frédéric Vallier. CEMR’s annual budget is about €2.5 million. EU research shows need for action now on climate change Forecast models on the effects of climate change on society and the environment are complex and can yield different results. EU-funded researchers have analysed these scenarios and found overwhelming evidence that taking action sooner rather than later reduces the costs of mitigation. Their research aims to help policymakers make informed decisions to mitigate climate change. Energy-economy model assessments can inform policy discussions with insights into the costs of decisive climate change mitigation as well as the costs of delaying action.
Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors  is a European cooperation movement involving local and regional authorities. Signatories of the Covenant of Mayors voluntarily commit to increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By their commitment, they support the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective to be reached by 2020. After the European Union climate and energy package was adopted in 2008, the European Commission launched the Covenant of Mayors to endorse and support the efforts deployed by local authorities in the implementation of sustainable energy policies.  Covenant of Mayors Signatories
EU CLG University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG) brings together business leaders from major UK, EU, and international companies who believe that there is an urgent need to develop new and longer term policies for tackling climate change. The Corporate Leaders Group engages in policy through open letters, roundtables, international summits, communiqués and participating in projects to demonstrate what is possible. Covenant of Mayors - News The EU-funded STRATEGO project recently published the Pan-European Thermal Atlas (PETA), an interactive map that shows data on the thermal resources available in any region as well as EU-wide thermal demand. PETA maps heat and cooling demand, the local density of both demands, available waste heat resources and the potential for renewable energy sources. Using the information provided by STRATEGO, national governments will be able to implement National Cooling and Heating Plans (NCHPs)* more efficiently.
Energy Union and Climate The Energy Union means making energy more secure, affordable and sustainable. It will allow a free flow of energy across borders and a secure supply in every EU country, for every European. New technologies and renewed infrastructure will cut household bills and create new jobs and skills, as companies expand exports and boost growth. It will lead to a sustainable, low carbon and environmentally friendly economy, putting Europe at the forefront of renewable energy production and the fight against global warming. Important groundwork has already been done. Covenant of Mayors - News With the financial support of the European Commission Directorate General for Cooperation and Development, a new branch of the Covenant of Mayors Office (CoMO) opened a few months ago to support cities from Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership region in setting up sustainable energy policies. This new branch of the CoMO, often referred to as “CoMO EAST”, is tasked with assisting these local and regional authorities from post-Soviet countries to adopt the Covenant of Mayors approach of bottom-up and participative sustainable energy management. This should enable significant progress in a region where energy-saving issues are not always high on the political agenda, civic engagement is less common and local authorities often lack the capacities and expertise to efficiently implement sustainable energy strategies. A new version of the Covenant of Mayors website has thus been published in Russian to better cater to the needs of signatories from this region.
Almere Almere (Dutch pronunciation: [ɑlˈmeːrə]) is a planned city and municipality in the province of Flevoland, the Netherlands, bordering Lelystad and Zeewolde. The municipality of Almere comprises the districts Almere Stad, Almere Buiten, Almere Oosterwold (design phase) and Almere Pampus (planned for future). and the boroughs of Almere Haven, Almere Hout and Almere Poort. Almere is the newest city in the Netherlands: the land on which Almere sits, the Southern Flevoland Polder, was reclaimed from the IJsselmeer in 1959-68. The first house was finished in 1976, and Almere became a municipality in 1984.
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