In the 2050 EU Energy Strategy, the EU has set a long-term goal for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80-95% when compared to 1990 levels. Recognizing the vital role that regional and local authorities have in meeting EU energy targets, the European Commission launched the CoM initiative in 2008 to endorse and support the efforts deployed by local authorities in the implementation of sustainable energy policies by 2020. In 2015, the initiative was re-launched in order to endorse 2030 objectives whilst more recently, the new Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy was formed.
In March 2018 a new project co-funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union was launched, namely C-TRACK 50, with partners from 11 different EU countries. Associated beneficiaries from Greece include the National Technical University of Athens as Project Coordinator (www.epu.ntua.gr) and the technical partner EPTA SA (www.epta.gr).
The kick-off meeting was successfully held on the 11th and 12th of April in Madeira (Portugal). The aim of the project is to mobilize and guide public authorities in defining long-term energy policy priorities, promote multi-level governance and support regional and local authorities in developing, financing and implementing ambitious integrated sustainable energy and climate policy action plans in order to achieve climate resilience and carbon neutrality by 2050.
In total, the project will enable the development of at least one hundred and five (105) integrated local sustainable energy and climate policy plans and one hundred and five (105) funding proposals for municipalities.