A multi-level governance approach and a clear territorial dimension is required for the delivery of the EU climate goals, says the CPMR.
At a meeting with the Commissioner for Energy & Climate, Miguel Arias Cañete, organised in the Committee of the Regions, the CPMR was represented by Ms Maria José Asensio Coto, Secretary General of Innovation, Industry and Energy of the Andalusia Government.
Ms Asensio advised Commissioner Cañete that because regions have a better understanding of the needs of territories, and they have expertise in managing funds, they can play a valuable role in the implementation of the EU energy policy.
She stressed that regions have already demonstrated their expertise in this policy area. Maritime regions in particular have identified the maritime industry and maritime economy as their priority sectors to boost innovation and investments in the energy sector.
Referring to the Energy Union and its research and innovation component, she said that marine renewable technologies offer a major opportunity for enhancing European leadership and boosting growth and jobs.
“Peripheral and maritime regions, and many islands among them, have already undertaken significant steps in the framework of the EU climate policy. Their valuable experience can be showcased and contribute to the EU leadership in climate action,” said Ms Asensio.
Ms Asensio also said there is a need to harmonise self-consumption regulation throughout the EU and to address energy poverty in different Member States and regions, in order to protect the most vulnerable consumers and ensure affordable energy for all.
Regarding investments, CPMR thinks that many regions are not in a position to rely on private-sector involvement, especially those where investments appear less attractive to the market.
Ms Asensio said: “Whilst financial instruments, such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments, are being promoted as mainstream investment tools, grants remain key in supporting investments for delivering the EU climate goals in all territories.”