Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum

Date 18 - 19 February 2019
Details 2 Days Event
Location Brussels, Belgium

Accelerating investments into sustainable energy and climate adaptation are important to ensure a climate-neutral Europe in the long-term and prepare our cities and regions for the threats and risks of climate change already known today.

Europe’s strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy  highlights the importance of maximising the benefits from energy efficiency, increasing the deployment of renewables and decarbonisation of Europe’s energy supply, and embracing clean, safe and connected mobility amongst the identified pathways. The transition towards a net-zero greenhouse gas economy gives energy a central role as it is today responsible for more than 75% of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions.

The implementation of a clean energy transition and climate resilient cities and regions is happening at a local level. Adapting the energy system at local level will bring significant benefits for all European citizens and companies in terms of jobs and sustainable growth, lower energy bills, health and security of energy supply as well as greater resilience of cities to a constantly changing climate.

The Covenant of Mayors is the world's largest movement for local climate and energy actions. The initiative now gathers 7,000+ local and regional authorities across 57 countries drawing on the strengths of a worldwide multi-stakeholder movement. Signatories endorse a shared vision for 2050: accelerating the decarbonisation of their territories, strengthening their capacity to adapt to unavoidable climate change impacts, and allowing their citizens to access secure, sustainable and affordable energy.

The event presents 30 successful projects in six thematic parallel strands of dedicated interactive workshops featuring:

- Sustainable energy planning 
- Financing clean urban transport
- Financing energy efficiency in the public sector  
- Home renovation schemes in cities and regions  
- Financing climate adaptation
- Innovative financing schemes facilitating the market for climate and sustainable energy finance

Practitioners will provide their concrete experiences in the planning and development of bankable sustainable energy investment and climate adaptation projects with the aim to stimulate and enable replication by other interested project promoters.

The H2020 Energy Efficiency, Smart Cities and Communities and LIFE programmes as well as the European Investment Bank’s ELENA facility and the European Energy Efficiency Fund (eee-f) will showcase successful projects on planning as well as financing sustainable energy and climate adaptation projects.

Information stands will be presenting European institution’s relevant initiatives and programmes.

The Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place will be followed by the Ceremony of the European Energy Service Award 2019.
Since 2005, the European Energy Service Award (EESA) honours companies and projects for outstanding efforts and achievements in energy services. The ceremony will award institutions who realised outstanding  achievements in the categories of ‘Best Energy Service Promoter’, ‘Best Energy Service Provider’ and ‘Best Energy Service Project’. 
The ceremony is hosted by the Berliner Energieagentur in the context of the Horizon 2020 project guarantEE. 
Please note that you have to register separately on the EESA webpage, should you wish to attend the ceremony.

For more information, check here.