Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg's Minister of the Environment, Cliamate and Sustainable Development; Credit: MECDD

Friday marked the 8th edition of the Climate Pact Day, organised this year in the form of a web conference, broadcast live on pacteclimat.lu; the conference served as an opportunity to present the new version of the Climate Pact 2.0, which will launch in 2021.

The current Climate Pact will expire at the end of 2020. Faced with its success and taking into account the ambitious objectives in terms of climate and energy to which Luxembourg has subscribed as part of its Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (PNEC), the authorities decided to extend and strengthen it. As such, the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, together with the myenergy economic interest group, began work in 2018 to revise and strengthen the Climate Pact for the period 2021 to 2030. Three specific areas of this Climate Pact 2.0 will be developed.

The Climate Pact 2.0 is expected to initially allow better quantification of results, therefore optimisation of data and better monitoring based on indicators. Municipalities already document their consumption data with the EnerCoach software. In the future, new data specific to each municipality will be centralized in collaboration with the Syndicat intercommunal de gestion informatique (SIGI), in order to reduce their processing costs for the municipalities and increase their comparability.

The Climate Pact will then continuously improve the operational framework of the municipalities. The climate advisers, who have been providing support to the municipalities since the implementation of the Climate Pact, will now be supported by specialised experts.

Finally, citizen participation as well as that of other local and regional players will be increasingly encouraged. 

The Climate Pact 2.0 mainly takes as a reference the operating model of the current Climate Pact. Each municipality adhering to the Climate Pact 2.0 will undertake to implement the “European Energy Award” (eea) in return for financial support from the state. This commitment will be recorded in a contract between the state, the municipality and myenergy. The duration of the agreement will extend until 2030 inclusive.

In addition, the governance of the Climate Pact 2.0 will be strengthened internally. Within the climate team, the volume of government-funded advisory hours from which the municipality can benefit will increase by 50% compared to the current version of the pact. 

The Climate Pact 2.0 is based on the qualitative approach of the eea as well as on a quantitative approach at several levels, particularly in the form of monitoring energy consumption at the municipal level and in the form of quantitative indicators. The municipality may be granted a certification which depends on the degree of achievement of the catalogue of eea measures. Four certification levels are now planned (40% of the maximum achievable score, 50%, 65% and 75%). These certifications are valid for a period of three years and are issued by the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development. An additional distinction is given by the Association European Energy Award AISBL (with regard to category certification 75%). The degree to which the catalogue of eea measures has been completed is verified by an auditor. This evaluation is made at the request of the municipality.

This 8th edition of the Climate Pact Day provided a rather encouraging assessment of the past year, covering the period from June 2019 to October 2020. Currently, all 102 municipalities have adhered to the Climate Pact and 95 of them are certified.