Empowering Local Energy Communities: putting citizens at the centre of the energy transition
Rooted in history and thriving in the age of renewable energy, local energy communities are a powerful catalyst for advancing the transition to a green and clean energy system that puts citizens first. These initiatives not only facilitate community access to renewable energy, but also serve as a cornerstone for job creation, local economic development, and the promotion of inclusive participation models that ensure support for vulnerable groups.
The adaptability of the local energy community model to the specific needs of its members is a testament to its versatility. However, the widespread adoption of energy communities may face challenges on several fronts, including economic viability, legal considerations, and navigating societal perceptions.
“Empowering Local Energy Communities: Putting Citizens at the Centre of the Energy Transition” will bring together advocates of energy communities, policymakers and representatives of the social economy sector. Together, we will explore the myriad opportunities and obstacles associated with this innovative tool, and seek to unlock the full potential of local energy communities in ushering in a sustainable and citizen-centred energy future.
Nigel Toppings / Global Ambassador / United Nations High-Level Climate Champions.
- Rana Adib / Executive Director / REN21
- Francisco Vera / First environmental and climate action advocate for Latin America and the Caribbean / UNICEF
- Joan Groizard / Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge – Spain
- Philippine Ménager / Executive Officer Ambición COP – ECODES
- Constanza Levicán / Founder & CEO Suncast / President of Climatech Chile