July 04, 2009
EEA backs local role in tackling climate change
The European Environmental Agency (EEA), the body with responsibility for monitoring the state of Europe's environment, has emphasised that there cannot be a solution to climate change without the involvement of local governments.
Speaking on 23 June at a seminar organised as part of EU Green Week by LG Action, the European local government networking and advocacy initiative on climate protection and sustainable energy, the Head of the agency's Air and Climate Change Programme Jeff Huntington outlined this level as being the most vital element in delivering the urgent constructive change envisaged by major international agreements.
In particular, he highlighted a series of key climate change areas in which the EEA regards local & regional actors as being best placed to act. In relation to mitigation he stressed energy efficiency in buildings, local energy generation, and appropriate planning and transportation decisions as being key while on adaptation, he underlined the potential for tapping into available expertise in the areas of engineering design and planning (e.g. water and sewage systems), and biodiversity and ecosystems protection. The overall session, entitled 'Mobilising Local Authorities' called for action, inclusion and recognition of the role of local and regional governments in national climate strategies and plans for this level to be provided with the resources and capacity from national government to act in accordance with its 'frontline' role.
Posted by iroronan at July 4, 2009 11:15 AM
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