Luxembourg targets a 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 in comparison to 2005. The Luxembourg government is aware that, to achieve this goal, it needs strong local partners like the municipalities, and it has therefore decided to develop an offer – the so-called climate pact – for municipalities, which are expected to take a leading role in the fight against climate change in return for national support.
Following this decision, myenergy, the national structure for information and advice on energy efficiency and renewable energies, was mandated by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure to develop a concept for the climate pact. In search of an adequate instrument, the European Energy Award (eea) quickly came into focus. Its holistic approach in terms of themes and targets, its quality management process and its tools, including the assessment tool, make it a perfect instrument for guiding the municipalities in their climate protection efforts.
Since 2013, each municipality has had the opportunity to commit itself to implementing the eea process within its territory by signing the Climate Pact Convention. To date, all 105 municipalities have joined the initiative and launched the eea process.
A pool of Luxembourg eea advisors, the so-called “climate advisors”, was created at the same time. Several basic training courses as well as specific advanced training courses were organised by myenergy, the national eea office. In 2017, 51 accredited climate advisors are providing eea-related consultancy services to the participating municipalities.