The role of the National Energy and Climate Plans in the post-COVID recovery

Webinar organized by LIFE PlanUp in collaboration with the Covenant of Mayors on 29 June 2020, 10-11:30 am CET

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The National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) are a key pillar to deliver on the EU’s 2030 climate targets and drive forward the implementation of the EU Green Deal. Nearly all Member States have already submitted their final NECPs to the EU Commission, in which they have outlined their energy transition pathways and how they intend to achieve them. 

Yet, these plans and their underlying assumptions now seem to be outdated, as the COVID pandemic has severely hit the economies of the EU and its Member States. Recovery and resilience have now risen to the top of the policy agenda. In view of this new economic reality, what should be the contribution of the NECPs? How can they respond to the different energy and infrastructure needs brought by the post-COVID era? How should they link to EU and Member States’ stimulus plans? And how should multi-level cooperation be fostered in the NECPs, with cities and regions being at the frontline of the COVID response?  

Gathering experts from the EU Commission, industry, civil society and local and regional authorities, this webinar aims to provide a comprehensive outlook on the role of NECPs in the post-COVID recovery.


Welcome and introduction

David Donnerer, LIFE PlanUp project & Covenant of Mayors Office

State of play of the final NECPs in the framework of the European recovery

Leonardo Zannier, Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commission

How the NECPs can structure a recovery consistent with long-term climate neutrality

Agnese Ruggiero, Policy Officer, LIFE PlanUp project

The Covenant of Mayors as key instrument to relaunch Europe from the local level

Benedetta Brighenti, Former Committee of the Regions rapporteur on the Covenant of Mayors

The role of multi-level cooperation in the NECPs to deliver an inclusive recovery

Evi Tzanakaki, CRES, Greek national coordinator for the Covenant of Mayors

Green recovery supporting the EU Green Deal

Jouni Keronen, Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Leadership Coalition & Vice-Chairman of the Roundtable on climate policy in Finland

Conclusion & next steps

David Donnerer, LIFE PlanUp project & Covenant of Mayors Office