70% of the European population lives in urban areas and therefore cities consume 70% of energy in the EU and this accounts 75% of greenhouse gas emissions. Thus cities hold an essential key to reduce emissions. Many of them in Europe are leaders in environmental performance, but they still have a long way to go in the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Local energy planning becomes a key issue in the achievement of 20-20-20 objectives. Tools such as the “European Energy Award – eea®” and the Covenant of Mayors can be used to that end in Mediterranean cities.
The dissemination of local energy planning in Mediterranean regions through standard methodologies was the aim of the MED project “medeea” which, with this conference, aimed to disseminate the final results and important outcomes.