C-Track 50 Report on local and regional priorities in 11 EU countries

PART OF C-track 50 PROJECT

This report focuses on the local and regional priorities on long term energy policy planning, as derived from in person meetings and two roundtables with local and regional authorities, held at each national level in the 11 C-Track 50 partner countries.

In most European countries, regions and municipalities are not legally bound by national energy targets. However, in a few cases, minimum requirements or actions are mandatory. For instance, in France, regional authorities are required to develop a regional integrated plan (SRADDET addressing energy, spatial planning, air quality, biodiversity), according to a regulatory framework which sets compatibility rules with other planning documents at national and local levels. In this respect, regions and municipalities have sovereignty to set ambitious goals and put in place different measures.

Therefore, within the framework of C-Track 50, regional and local priorities for 2050 were formulated, whilst in parallel long-term and interim targets were set. Priority actions and exemplar measures, in line with the national policy priorities, were also identified. These will inform the development of regional and local Energy and Climate Policy Plans for 2050.

Regional and local priorities were formulated by effectively engaging with key stakeholders in inperson meetings but also during the two roundtables for local/ regional authorities organised in each country. The roundtables focused on discussing local and regional priorities and facilitating the dialogue between regional authorities, local authorities and other local stakeholders to strengthen their collaboration.

This report outlines the regulatory framework for regional and local energy planning in the CTrack 50 countries, as well as the status quo in regional and local energy planning. Regional and local priorities for energy planning are described per country, along with key recommendations that aim to facilitate local and regional collaboration and energy planning efforts.