LIFE PlanUp webinar: Public involvement in national energy & climate plans

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Under the EU Energy Union Governance regulation, EU Member States are currently preparing their integrated 2030 national energy and climate plans (NECPs), in which they are outlining their contribution to achieve the collective European targets. The NECPs are considered to be a critical instrument in driving forward Europe’s energy and climate transition. EU countries are required to involve stakeholders such as local and regional authorities and civil society organizations, as well as the public, in the development and the implementation of these plans.

The opportunities offered by consulting the public and stakeholders in the NECPs are manifold: leveraging key contributions to the planning process, sharing responsibilities, increasing public support and ownership, raising ambition and a more swift implementation of the plan. It can be challenging however, to find and put in place the right multi-level energy and climate governance framework to involve the public and stakeholders in national energy and climate planning.

The LIFE PlanUp project seeks to facilitate such a governance framework in the design and delivery of the NECPs, by improving the coordination and cooperation between stakeholders and national policymakers. This webinar aims to provide an outlook into different participatory methods on how to involve the public and stakeholders in national energy and climate planning.

Good examples from across Europe will be presented by speakers from Estonia, Ireland and Luxembourg, which are drawn from the upcoming LIFE PlanUp project publication “Report on Good Practices in Energy and Climate Governance”. A representative from the European Commission will also provide an overview on the state of play of public participation in the draft NECPs.


10:00 – 10:05
Welcome by David Donnerer, Energy Cities project officer in PlanUp

10:05 – 10:15
Involvement of stakeholders and the public in draft national energy and climate plans:
Leonardo Zannier, Policy Officer, Energy Policy Coordination Unit, DG Energy, European Commission

10:15 – 10:30
Sectoral working groups with stakeholders for Estonia’s 2050 general principles of climate policy:
Mart Ramaat, Adviser, Ministry of the Environment, Estonia

10:30 – 10:45
National Dialogue on Climate Action in Ireland:
Margaret Desmond, Senior Manager Climate Services, Environmental Protection Agency Ireland

10:45 – 11:00
Climate Pact State – Municipalities in Luxembourg:
Fenn Faber, Deputy Director, myenergy Luxembourg

11:00 – 11:30 Q&A

Organiser: Energy Cities through the LIFE PlanUp project

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