New chairs take helm of Working Group on Financing

On 20 June, the Climate Alliance Working Group on Financing met in Brussels to discuss the latest in EU policy on climate and energy financing, Climate Alliance’s work in the field, and how best to take advantage of funding opportunities. A total of 14 city representatives from across Europe took part. The meeting was the Working Group’s first under the leadership of new chairs Donald van den Akker of the Dutch Klimaatverbond and Ronald van Meygaarden of the City of Geldermalsen (NL).

During the meeting, Working Group members reiterated the importance of exchange on financing topics and agreed to work more intensively together on projects and initiatives. Luigi Acquaviva of San Giuseppe Vesuviano in southern Italy presented one such initiative with the city’s plans for an integrated financing approach for energy, mobility, water and waste. A discussion of EU funding opportunities centering around the latest “Quick Reference Guide for Financing Opportunities” allowed the participants to both learn more about financing opportunities and give their feedback. An exchange surrounding the guidance coming out of the CITYnvest project on innovative financing for energy retrofits then rounded out the discussions of the day. The Climate Alliance Working Group on Financing serves as the Advisory Committee for the CITYnvest project and will help develop key policy recommendations on EU policy related to financing for the local level.

The Working Group meeting took place at the beginning of the EU Sustainable Energy Week and was the first of a variety of Climate Alliance events dealing with the topic of financing for local climate and energy action.

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