Introduction to the Draft Action Plan of the Energy Transition Partnership

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The Urban Agenda for the EU Energy Transition Partnership is jointly coordinated by Gdansk (PL), London (UK) and Roeselare (BE)

Other partners are Germany, France, Gothenburg (SE), Navarra Nasuvinsa (ES), Udine (IT), Tilburg (NL), Groningen (NL), Vaasa (FI), Vidzeme Region (LV), Warsaw (PL), DG REGIO, DG ENER, DG CLIMA, DG RTD, EIB, EUROCITIES, URBACT, CEMR, Euroheat and Power and Energy Cities.


The Energy Transition Partnership has prepared the Draft Action Plan to consider the important role of cities in enabling and delivering the Energy Transition.  It identifies a range of deliverable Actions around legislation and policy; finance; and communications and networking that if delivered will together further the Energy Transition and strengthen the role and opportunity that cities have to play in it.


Objectives of the Energy Transition Partnership:

“The objective is to initiate and support a structural change in how energy systems operate by creating a far smarter and more integrated energy system, from a European down to a local level, that is zero carbon and demand led.  Our energy systems will be pro-active in how they use, manage, recover and store energy so they no longer just default to increasing generating capacity to meet increasing energy demand. The focus will be on:

Improving energy efficiency at a city-level through the recovery and use of waste heat and at a building level through retrofitting for energy efficiency and energy management;Fostering innovative approaches to energy storage and supply (e.g. local systems);Increasing the amount of local and renewable energy.” [1]


Objectives of the Action Plan of the Energy Transition Partnership:

The overarching aim of the Action Plan is to make a number of recommendations and propose a number of Actions. Together these will help cities contribute to and benefit from the policy, regulatory and financial environment in the EU, now and in the future. Consequently, cities will be able to play a full and active role in the Energy Transition that that will be delivered increasingly at a city and urban level.

In order to fulfil this objective, this Action Plan:

  • Provides concrete short-term Actions in the areas of ‘Better Regulation’, ‘Better Funding’ and ‘Better Knowledge’ that are aimed at providing a framework within which cities have a regulatory, funding and networking structure that actively supports them to play their role in the Energy Transition;
  • Identifies partner institutions and organisations and a mechanism for delivering the proposed actions;
  • Proposes a timeline for the proposed implementation of each of the actions;
  • Provides the basis for monitoring the Action Plan by defining outputs for the proposed action;
  • Makes some recommendations for future actions and activities that need pursuing to support the delivery of the Energy Transition.


Many issues were considered during the course of the Partnership’s work. Whilst some were considered as very important for the energy transition, such as the functioning of the energy markets to drive the energy transition and low carbon choices, an EU-level carbon tax for non-EU Energy Trading Scheme (ETS) sectors and creating a level playing for all technologies and energy sources, the Actions of the Partnership focused on 4 key areas that were all considered essential in supporting cities to play a full and active role in the energy transition.

  1. Mainstreaming Energy Masterplanning;
  2. Making EU Funding Work for Cities in delivering the Energy Transition;
  3. Delivering District Energy;
  4. Delivering Energy Efficiency.

Then, the Partnership elaborated on potential actions, taking into account the Urban Agenda’s focus on Better Regulation, Better Funding, and Better Knowledge. Thematic linkages with other Partnerships were also explored.


As a result, the Partnership has developed an initial set of 5 potential actions:


The actions are open for Public Feedback until Monday, 4 March 2019. You are kindly invited to share your thoughts on the proposed actions – each action description (links above) contains a hyperlink to a short survey on that action that you are welcome to fill in. The individual contributions to this Public Feedback will not be published on the Internet. You will be able to choose between providing your personal details or submitting your contribution anonymously.

The results of the online Public Feedback will be taken into consideration by the members of the Partnership for the preparation of the final version of the Action Plan and presented on DG meeting on Urban Matters (Directors-General responsible for urban matters in their Member States; the European Commission, the CoR, CEMR and EUROCITIES) in May 2019.


---> To read all draft actions in full detail, please consult the draft Action Plan.

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[1] Urban Agenda for the EU – Pact of Amsterdam, B Initial list of Priority Themes