13 December 2021

ICLEI Europe submits feedback to the EU on its Fit for 55 package

The European Green Deal is a vision and growth plan for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and, in the interim, to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels). A package of legislative measures – know as the “Fit for 55 package” – is being presented to ensure that Europe meets these targets. Get acquainted with ICLEI Europe’s positions on a selection of Fit for 55 measures, submitted as part of the European Union’s consultation process.

In response to the European Union’s Fit for 55 consultation process, ICLEI Europe has submitted three positions (so far), which provide feedback on the Energy Efficiency Directive; the EU Renewable Energy Rules, and the Social Climate Fund. These positions are summarised in broad strokes as follows.

Energy Efficiency Directive
ICLEI Europe recognises that energy efficiency is a key area for urgent action in the EU in order to reach 2030 reduction targets and to achieve a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. Whilst supporting the proposed revisions to the EED overall, it is our position that amendments to the text should be made to more strongly highlight the central role subnational governments play in delivering on-the-ground energy efficiency gains. We present feedback on 14 articles in particular, as well as providing more detailed comments on 15 Energy Efficiency Directive recitals in relation to buildings.

Social Climate Fund
ICLEI welcomes the creation of a Social Climate Fund as a long-term instrument to forge a fairer Europe on the way to climate neutrality. However, ICLEI Europe has two distinct concerns, namely: the text provides little to no reference to the role of local and regional governments; and there is little to no reference to phasing out incentives and use of fossil fuels in relation to allocation of funds.

EU Renewable Energy Rules
While ICLEI Europe supports and welcomes components of the proposed amendment to the Renewable Energy Rules, some concerns remain. Many Member States have not sufficiently carried out the required assessment of barriers to renewable energy communities; there is an essential role for the European Commission to monitor this. In addition, National Energy and Climate Action Plans must more explicitly outline and connect to regional and local planning.

These are just the first few ICLEI Europe positions that will be submitted as part of the European consultation process. Stay tuned!

For more information, view the three Position Papers here.