Local and regional focus
The EU and its member states are responding to global energy and environmental challenges with ambitious energy policy covering the full range of energy sources, from fossil fuels to renewables. Central to this policy is a commitment to the EU ‘20-20-20’ target: a 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% reduction in energy use through energy efficiency improvements and a 20% increase in renewables.
Local and regional authorities, together with their stakeholders— energy agencies, energy producers, and local financial actors, to name a few—have vital roles to play in achieving these targets. In particular, they can contribute by promoting the use of renewable energies and the improvement of energy efficiency at the local and regional level.
Supporting energy agencies
Energy agencies serve an important role in introducing good energy management practices, promoting sustainability, providing quality information and guidance, and offering other services based on local needs. International co-operation, networking and peer learning among these actors is essential to achieve the EU’s ambitious 2020 energy and climate targets.ManagEnergy was established to enable local energy agencies to work together more effectively. The initiative provides a range of services for this purpose: directories and interactive maps, partner search facilities, information on successful projects, and regularly scheduled workshops.