Study on “Climate change policies and sustainable energy and climate action plan implementation for municipalities in the Autonomous Region of Sardinia”.

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New current emergencies – the Russian-Ukrainian war and the pandemic – have not eclipsed the importance and urgency of environmental issues. Just think about the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda, and not only the thirteenth, which most explicitly refers to climate change and pollution, to understand how the environment and sustainable development continue to be the great global political priority. Institutions – the UN and the EU, in particular – are urging us to give a concrete commitment that calls into question the sense of responsibility and the ability to intervene even in the most peripheral decision-making centres. In response to this emergency, the Eurispes Institute has published a study that is intended as a practical and brief tool to guide the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the island’s various municipal administrations in the adoption of the Covenant of Mayors for Energy and the Climate and, consequently, in the drafting of the PAESC, an acronym for the Action Plan for Sustainable Energy and the Climate. This must comply with the indications of the European Guidelines defined by the Covenant of Mayors Office and other institutions such as the Ispra Research Centre, the IE (Institute for Energy) and the IES (Institute for Environment and Sustainability).


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The results of the study, entitled “Climate change policies and sustainable energy and climate action plan implementation for municipalities in the Autonomous Region of Sardinia“, were presented this morning, 1 April 2022, during a webinar. In addition to the President of Eurispes, Gian Maria Fara, who introduced the event, the Regional Councillors Andrea Biancareddu (Public Education and Cultural Heritage), Giuseppe Fasolino (Planning and Budget), Gianni Lampis (Environmental Defence) attended the event, the Mayor of Tempio Pausania, Gianni Addis, the Head of Research and Innovation of the Regional Programming Centre, Fabio Tore, the President of the Scientific Committee of the regional headquarters of Eurispes, Fausto Fadda, and the expert in energy management and the Covenant of Mayors, Giuseppe Maffeis. The Director of the Eurispes Regional Office, Gerolamo Balata, coordinated the online meeting.

The Covenant of Mayors was launched in 2008 in Europe with the ambitious objective of bringing together local governments, committed on a voluntary basis, to meet and exceed EU climate and energy targets. Signatory municipalities commit to supporting the implementation of the EU target of reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, and to adopting a common approach to tackling climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Since last year, the signatories of the Covenant have shared a vision for 2050, the goal of so-called climate neutrality, aimed at accelerating the decarbonisation of their territories, strengthening their capacity to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change and enabling their citizens to access secure, sustainable and affordable energy.

In order to translate their political commitment into practical measures and projects, Covenant signatories commit to presenting, within two years from the date of the Local Council decision, a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (PAESC) outlining the key actions they intend to undertake.

As of November 2021, the number of Covenant signatories in Europe is 10,036 municipalities, and the Italian figure is 4,890. As far as Sardinia is concerned, there are about 164 signatories, but no supporting body has been identified and none of the five coordinating bodies is operational.

The research, carried out by Eurispes thanks to the contribution of the Regional Councillorship for Planning and Budget of Sardinia Region, is a study on climate change policies and the development of action plans for sustainable energy and the climate, which is addressed to the 377 municipalities of the island, of which about 350 are under 10,000 inhabitants, all of which, despite their small size, are called upon to play an indispensable active and important role in the construction of the PAESC. The study also intends to provide guidelines and elements to positively orient the choices and actions of the local authorities that find themselves having to deal with a complex subject. The study also confirms the need, given the size of the island’s urban areas, to encourage the grouping, by homogeneous areas, of small territorial realities in order to achieve the objectives set by the European Union for 2050. This recommendation in particular should be developed with a focus on networking and on enhancing the potential of individual territories through mechanisms resembling consortia or business networks.

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