Mr. Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal
Ms. Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy
Open letter from the Community Power Coalition
We are writing to you as Europe starts to emerge from the crisis of COVID-19, as a coalition of cooperative organisations, cities, civil society and industry organisations who work together to increase citizen and community ownership of renewable energy.
As you and the rest of the College work to revive our economies ravaged by COVID-19, we call on you to implement an economic recovery that ensures our society and our local communities are more resilient and fairer in the long term. This should also be reflected in upcoming policy documents such as the Climate Pact.
We welcome that the European Green Deal goal to cut net EU greenhouse gas emissions to zero is expected to guide the bloc’s economic recovery. However, if EU leaders are serious about spending every available euro to protect the lives and livelihoods of Europeans, as President Von Der Leyen has said, then such actions must protect livelihoods now and in the future. This means ensuring an energy transition that achieves real net zero much earlier and in line with science, and climate-proofing all of the EU’s investments, to protect us from the worst effects of climate change.
The COVID-19 crisis has brought a renewed focus on local economic resilience. Indeed, community energy initiatives are crucial to speeding up the energy transition and delivering increased local resilience.
Cities & citizens are committed to drive a resilient recovery in their communities. For example (many more initiatives exist throughout Europe):
To leverage the power of cities and citizen communities, we ask you to
We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss these demands with you in the coming months, and to share our experience of the opportunities and the challenges facing local and community energy as we emerge from this crisis.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Bündnis Bürgerenergie e.V. (Germany)
World Future Council (Germany)
Sifnos Energy Cooperative (Greece)
NSC - Friends of the Earth Hungary
Som Energia (Spain)
Amigos de la Tierra (Spain)
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