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The result of the European Green Deal project

The result of the European Green Deal project, supported by the European Climate Foundation, is the report Blocked potential. How to use the European Green Deal and the fit for 55 as an opportunity to transform the building and transport sectors at the local level and two policy briefs prepared by experts from WiseEuropa: On the wave (of renovation). Leading role of local authorities in improving energy efficiency: thermal modernisation of municipal buildings and With the current of change. Electromobility as an opportunity for local development.

It is necessary to take more ambitious actions at all levels of creating public policies in Poland. Plans implemented at the EU level can provide inspiration for this, while the European Green Deal and the Fit for 5z package contain solutions that translate into opportunities for transformation while addressing social problems at the local level. In the context of the war in Ukraine, taking ambitious measures will also translate into faster independence from the import and use of fossil fuels from Russia, and will guarantee resistance to future external shocks related to the availability and prices of energy resources.

Sustainable energy efficiency measures in buildings are the most effective way to reduce energy demand from the demand side. Implementing the targets for the building sector, as set out in the Polish policy documents, would be the easiest way, according to the REPowerEU Communication to accelerate the transition to climate neutrality and reduce fossil fuel in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

Local governments will have a key role to play in the implementation of model investments in transport. A particularly important element is the electrification of the bus fleet within the municipal public transport system or ensuring an adequate number of electric cars in municipal offices. This action deserves an in depth analysis, in which municipalities should determine all costs and the resulting socio-economic benefits.