Partner portrait: Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is the umbrella organisation of local and regional governments in Europe; its members are national associations of towns, municipalities and regions from over 30 countries.
The CEMR network on energy issues brings together local and regional government representatives dedicated to promote a more sustainable production and use of energy. The network works towards raising the profile of sustainable energy within local and regional governments, both among practitioners and elected members.
The aims of the network are to:
provide timely input from local and regional governments to the formulation of Community legislation, programmes, actions and initiatives;
collect and disseminate information relevant for local and regional governments throughout Europe;
facilitate the exchange of experience between its members;
contribute to the move towards a low carbon economy through developing a shared vision for the future of energy usage;
promote the wide implementation of the Aalborg Commitments in relation to the energy, transport and climate protection objectives (www.aalborgplus10.dk).
Buildings are responsible for one third of Europe’s energy consumption and therefore a major source of greenhouse emissions. Energy costs also represent an increasing budgetary burden for local and regional authorities. Hence it is essential to develop efficient ways to rationalise the use of energy. The DisplayTM Campaign is a practical example of how the requirement of the EU “Buildings Directive” on displaying energy information of public buildings can be implemented. Therefore the CEMR Network on Energy Issues is engaged in supporting the wide implementation of the DisplayTM Campaign.
CEMR Brussels office
Ms Pirita Lindholm
Tel: +32 2 500 05 38