European Conference for the Promotion of Local Actions to Combat Climate Change, 23-25/9/09 (Huelva, Spanje)
The Spanish Province of Huelva, a Supporting Structure to the Covenant of Mayors, is set to host the European Conference for the Promotion of Local Actions to Combat Climate Change. The event, 23-25 September 2009, aims to develop and improve the necessary tools and working structures of the Covenant of Mayors initiative.
As an official Covenant of Mayors Supporting Structure to 77 signatory cities, the Province of Huelva has invited local authorities, fellow Supporting Structures and local private actors to take part in the conference.
The organisers of the event hope that the conference will help to define specific tools for measuring emissions in towns and cities; and lead to the emergence of a common methodology for the implementation of local Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). Moreover, they aim to inform participants of the development of important European legislation, such as the Climate Action and Renewable Energy Package and the 2010-2012 Energy Action Plan.
Over the course of three days the newest techniques to help reduce emissions and adapt to climate change will be showcased. There will also be presentations on the legal and financial measures needed to facilitate local SEAPs, as well as opportunities to highlight what these SEAPs can achieve.
Given Huelva's involvement in the Covenant, the entire morning session on 25 September will be devoted to the Covenant of Mayors. Starting at 9.30 a.m., the conference will have a special focus on the role of Supporting Structures. All national and regional public bodies, counties, provinces, agglomerations, mentor cities and networks of regional and local authorities connected to the Covenant or interested in becoming involved are welcome to attend.
This session will provide an opportunity for participants to take stock of the actions associated with supporting Covenant cities (strategic guidance, financial and technical support and the promotion of the Initiative).
With an attractive programme of speakers from the European Commission, the Covenant of Mayors Office (COMO), as well as various Supporting Structures and Covenant cities, this session will provide an excellent insight into the initiative. It will also be a chance for those involved to share their experiences, particularly the difficulties they encountered, the strategies and actions they introduced and the benefits they enjoyed by participating.
In addition, there will also be a technical meeting of the existing and potential Covenant Supporting Structures, which will be hosted by the COMO. This side event of the conference will take place on 24 September 2009. Those wishing to attend as 'observers' can contact the COMO by emailing: email@example.com
Those interested in attending the Huelva conference should note that Covenant of Mayors Supporting Structures and those organisations that intend to become a Supporting Structure can register ONE representative free of charge!